Les Trois Garçons – quirky, maximalist, and over-the-top – this experience of French cuisine in a former 1880s built pub first opened its doors at the corner of Bethnal Green Road and Club Row in 2000. In 2003, its creators followed up with Lounge Lover – a brightly coloured, decadent, cocktail bar – on Whitby Street just around the corner.
At the same time in 2000, a property developer called Derwent London bought the Tea Building just down the road. It opened the workspace doors to creative industries in 2003.
Four years later things really took off: June 2007 – Shoreditch House (part of the Soho House group) launches in the easterly end of the Tea Building, followed by Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch in November 2007, right next to Les Trois Garçons. In 2008, Sir Terence Conran opened The Boundary, on the corner of Redchurch and Boundary Streets, just behind Shoreditch House.
Sandwiched between the Tea Building and Shoreditch House to the west and Les Trois Garçons, Lounge Lover, and BBB Shoreditch to the east, lies the Huntingdon Estate. Opportunistically situated on Bethnal Green Road, opposite the Shoreditch High Street East London Line station (which opened summer 2010), the site is owned by a developer called Londonewcastle. We wouldn’t have known had we not stumbled across a gallery exhibiting street art – its unassuming doors on Redchurch Street open on a Sunday afternoon. It was proudly announced in the entrance way that Londonewcastle had donated the space for gallery use. If you’d like to see what the developers have planned for the site instead, have a look *here*. If you’d like to keep an eye on what plans are being approved for the Huntingdon Estate search the Tower Hamlets planning application database for Redchurch and Chance Streets. A collection of past planning applications for and near the site are *here*.