This winter will see the arrival of a unique dining and drinking concept in the heart of London’s City. Located in a vast and impressive venue, ‘M’ will house two restaurants, a wine tasting bar, a destination cocktail bar, private dining rooms, event spaces and a secret den.
Situated on iconic Threadneedle Street, home to the Bank of England, M will be the first solo project from Martin Williams, of Gaucho.
“From the moment they enter M, guests will be struck by the sheer scale and its unique and vibrant design, created by award- winning interiors expert, René Dekker Design Team, well known for designing some of the most beautiful homes around the world. Playful yet luxurious, M will be a happy union of energy and fun with an undertone of sophistication. The cool blues and ebony tones of the Grill restaurant will blend seamlessly with the greys and rich reds of the Raw bar and the copper, charcoal and gold hues of the mezzanine bar.” – sounds pretty good to us!
M will house two 100-cover restaurants, each offering a different style of cuisine.
RAW will feature a Tartare and Tiradito bar, a casual dining concept featuring brightly coloured seating, sharing tables and high stools. The bar will serve up a mouthwatering selection of tartares, sashimi, pulsing salads, cured and smoked dishes and yakitori. Signatures dishes will include: Scallops and Bacon made with Scallop Tartare, Apple Jelly and Bacon Crumble, Black Sugar Cured Salmon and Onglet Steak cooked at guests’ tables over salt stones. Breakfast will be served in RAW from 7am each morning and will feature breakfast classics alongside healthy ‘brain breakfasts’ and juice.
M will also house an international grill restaurant specialising in the finest steak cuts from around the world, with the meat served being of the highest grade in London. GRILL will offer a single cut from six selected countries ranging from £25 to £139 in price including Wagyu from both Japan and Australia alongside exotic meats such as crocodile and kangaroo. The grill area will include a walk-in aging room where butchers will be available for each service, offering beef master classes and allowing guests the opportunity to order their preferred cut and size of steak from them directly.
Situated on a mezzanine level, the bar will have a warm and modern air and will feature a sweeping fireplace, distressed ceiling, oak floors and Slim Aarons artwork. Guests can choose from an eclectic cocktail menu and street food-inspired light bites whilst enjoying live music and DJ’s playing in the dedicated stage area.
There will also be a dedicated wine room, where Enoteca machines will offer a range of the world’s highest quality and rare wines to taste from taps. Wines such as Opus One and Petrus, which are normally out of drinkers’ reach, will be available at an affordable £25 and £45 per tasting glass. For those seeking a more intimate setting, M DEN will offer the perfect ‘secret’ bar with visitors will enjoying personal bottle lockers, table football, a humidor, a 32-inch television screen, also doubling as a mirror, and a variety of Bang & Olufsen gadgets. M will also house four private dining and event spaces for parties of eight to fifty.
The Threadneedle Walk site will be the first of four initial venues, and Martin has also secured future M venues in several futuristic developments, tipped to become iconic features of the London skyline, which are under construction but undisclosed. Martin sums up the project perfectly:
“We have brought together the finest talent in the industry who are like-minded in a passion for hospitality and a determination to create ground-breaking experiences for our guests, coupled with the finest food and beverage ingredients at an accessible price point.”