Le Caprice 2.0: What Can We Expect?

By Ellie Smith

5 days ago

A new version of the Mayfair restaurant will arrive in the capital in 2025

Earlier this year, Jeremy King opened a new restaurant, Arlington, on the site which formerly hosted legendary Mayfair haunt Le Caprice. The glitzy spot was billed as a new iteration of the original – but now rival restaurateur Richard Caring has announced he’s opening another reimagining, this one with the same name. So what will Le Caprice 2.0 bring?

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Following months of rumours, Caring confirmed he will be at the helm of the new Le Caprice, set to open at The Chancery Rosewood, a new hotel launching in Grosvenor Square in 2025. 

The restaurant will bring back the glamour of the original, spread across two levels and featuring interiors from design maverick Martin Brudnizki – the name behind some of London’s most decadent venues, including Annabel’s and Sexy Fish. It will be open from breakfast through to dinner (until ‘late’ according to Caring), and there will be a year-round terrace, plus a private dining room seating 24.

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Caring hopes to give the venue a modern spin. ‘My belief is that things have to move on, they have to move forward, it was the same at Annabel’s,’ he said. ‘Le Caprice opened in 1981 and that’s 43 years ago.

‘I’m sure a lot of people will want to see Le Caprice as it was, but I believe it should be moved into the 2020s. I want it to be chic, comfortable and classic. I think it’s fabulous to mix the old and the new both in style, customers and in food.’

Diners will be able to enjoy some Le Caprice classics – signature dishes include bang bang chicken and steak tartare – however these will make up just a fifth of the menu, leaving plenty of space for newbies.

Le Caprice first opened in 1947, and stood as one of the most beloved restaurants in London for almost 40 years. It changed hands various times over the years, and in the 80s the venture was taken over by Corbin & King. This is when it became a hotspot for A-listers and royals – Princess Diana was a regular, and Mick Jagger was often spotted there. 

When the pandemic struck in 2020, the restaurant closed. But a couple of years on, King announced he’d be opening a new restaurant at the location, Arlington. He referenced the rumoured rival upon launching, saying: ‘One thing I want to avoid is napkin wars. There’s plenty of room for both of us.’

When Will Le Caprice Open?

The hotel and restaurant will launch in June 2025.