London took a breather from World Cup mania on Monday to gather atop Westfield Stratford City and toast the grand opening of Studio East Dining. A collaboration between heavy-hitting architects Carmody Groarke and everyone’s favorite East End eatery Bistrotheque, the pop-up restaurant offers an unparalleled experience, bringing the best of London dining to a live construction site. But not just any construction site. The futurist industrial space overlooks the bustling Olympic Park, which is already giving Beijing a run for gold. Zaha Hadid’s swiftly growing Aquatic Park is just one of the views that guests can feast on while nibbling on all sorts of deliciousness.
It’s little surprise art-world luminaries like Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Dinos Chapman, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, a dapper Matthew Stone and Alice Rawsthorn, design critic of the International Herald Tribune, turned out for the festivities. Not to be outshone, the fashion contingent also joined the fray with the likes of Gareth Pugh, Roksanda Ilincic, Roland Mouret, Erin O’Connor, Carri Mundane of Cassette Playa and Louise Gray, whose fluorescent green Nicholas Kirkwood sandals were a sporty nod to the action to come. Another reason to celebrate, the winners of Studio East: Laurence Kemball-Cook, Lee Broom, Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez and Julian J Smith, chosen by the posh panel of attendees as the next generation of London talents.