Bistrotheque: Olympic Winners

The Olympics are still two years away, but London is already gearing up in high style with its first restaurant overlooking Olympic Park. A collaboration between hot, young, award-winning architecture firm Carmody Groarke and legendary East End eatery Bistrotheque, Studio East Dining is no run-of-the-mill rooftop resto. The unique project sits atop the Westfield Stratford City development and squarely in the middle of a live construction site. When it opens on June 16, the site will offer majestic panoramas from its royal perch, as well as the first ringside views of the Olympic venues, including the soon-be-the-fabled Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre. The pavilion, built entirely from scaffolding material and reclaimed timber, is an acrobatic feat—and a sure sign of architectural wonders to come. The clustered dining rooms light up like an extraterrestrial jewel, adding a bit of bling to the London skyline. If that weren’t enough, guests will be pampered by a handsome Acne-clad waitstaff. With a temporary three-week run, obviously reservations are filling up quickly (we hear the reservations desk got almost 500 bookings in the first two hours of opening), so we suggest you make like Jamaican runner Usain Bolt and sprint to the website above.


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