London institution Le Caprice has closed

London institution Le Caprice in St James’s, a celebrity haunt and favourite of Princess Diana, will not reopen once the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Richard Vines of Bloomberg broke the news on Twitter, revealing that owner, Richard Caring, plans to reopen Le Caprice at a new location.

Vines described the closure of the modern British restaurant, which has been serving A-listers the likes of rabbit ragu and dressed Dorset crab for 38 years, as “very sad news”.

Mario Gallati, a former maitre d’ at The Ivy, opened the original incarnation of Le Caprice in 1947 and ran it until 1975.

Six years later it was taken over by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, who turned it into a glittering celebrity hangout frequented by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana.

In 2005 Le Caprice and was sold by Corbin and King to restaurateur Richard Caring, who also snapped up The Ivy, J Sheekey and Daphne’s as part of the £31.5m takeover of Caprice Holdings.

As reported by the Evening Standard, while all of Caring’s restaurants remain closed, three of them – Scott’s, Sexy Fish and 34 Mayfair – are running a delivery service.

While the closure hasn’t been put down to Covid-19, Le Caprice is the latest apparent casualty from the coronavirus crisis.

Last week, Notting Hill stalwart The Ledbury announced that it will remain closed indefinitely as it would not be able to run with social distancing measures in place.

Other coronavirus casualties in the on-trade include Nathan Outlaw’s Siren at the Goring, Adam Handling’s The Frog Hoxton and Agnar Sverrisson’s Texture in Marylebone, all of which have closed their doors for good since lockdown began.

0 thoughts on “London institution Le Caprice has closed

Leave A Reply
  1. Dear Lucy,

    Some good news!

    Villa di Geggiano will open on the 1st July

    😀

Leave your reply

Most Recent Stories

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

In restaurant news: the UK restaurant market is expected to grow by almost a third this year, a report finds test and trace data from restaurants was barely used, and restaurants in Texas reopen at full capacity. 

Liquid Icons launches The Golden Vines Awards

Liquid Icons, founded by the late, great Gerard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET, has announced the launch of The Golden Vines Awards, which will raise funds for, and promote, diversity and inclusion in the industry.

English wine industry plans digital campaign and hospitality fundraiser

Building on the success of a similar event last year, Jacob Leadley, CEO of Hampshire winery Black Chalk, and industry body WineGB are to launch the Big English Wine Easter campaign.

Hong Kong Tourism Board to boost local hospitality

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced its new year work plan, setting out a series of flexible strategies to prepare for the return of tourists and continue support for the local hospitality industry.

Lease terminated on Covid-hit Hong Kong restaurant

Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining, a restaurant in Hong Kong that has reported a cluster outbreak of Covid-19 recently, has had its lease terminated by its landlord, the K11 Musea shopping mall.

Most Recent Stories

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

In restaurant news: the UK restaurant market is expected to grow by almost a third this year, a report finds test and trace data from restaurants was barely used, and restaurants in Texas reopen at full capacity. 

Liquid Icons launches The Golden Vines Awards

Liquid Icons, founded by the late, great Gerard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET, has announced the launch of The Golden Vines Awards, which will raise funds for, and promote, diversity and inclusion in the industry.

English wine industry plans digital campaign and hospitality fundraiser

Building on the success of a similar event last year, Jacob Leadley, CEO of Hampshire winery Black Chalk, and industry body WineGB are to launch the Big English Wine Easter campaign.

Hong Kong Tourism Board to boost local hospitality

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced its new year work plan, setting out a series of flexible strategies to prepare for the return of tourists and continue support for the local hospitality industry.

Lease terminated on Covid-hit Hong Kong restaurant

Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining, a restaurant in Hong Kong that has reported a cluster outbreak of Covid-19 recently, has had its lease terminated by its landlord, the K11 Musea shopping mall.