The dual venture of Gordon Ramsay and David Beckham by Talitha Colchester


the opening of Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Cafe is propelling Southwark into position as the new foodie destination du jour. The restaurant, spread over two floors of Harling House, situated on the corner of Union and Great Suffolk Street, ushers a new type of dining experience into an area.

Ramsay’s partner in the project is none other than David Beckham and although the two friends have supported one another’s careers for many years, this is their first professional partnership. Ramsay has joked that Beckham is going to be his “sous chef” but has declined to go into too much detail about what to expect. What’s clear, however, is that the restaurant will offer a more laid-back dining experience than Ramsay’s previous ventures; the set lunch menu priced at around £15, and dinner with drinks coming in at a comfortable £25 a head.

The menu will focus upon seasonal ingredients sourced from Italian and Spanish artisan producers, as well as the nearby Borough and Maltby Street markets – Ramsay stating that “It’s no secret that Borough Market is one of my favourite places in London. There will be a real focus on the most amazing produce, cooked in a simple Mediterranean style”. That someone of Ramsay’s calibre is choosing to open his first, independently run business in Southwark defines the area’s potential.

Russel Sage, who also designed Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, is in charge of interiors at Union Street, which will feature an upstairs dining area as well as a downstairs bar. Continuing the relaxed aesthetic of the upstairs restaurant, the bar looks to be a destination in itself: serving “classic Italian as well as innovative new cocktails with a London influence”, as well as its own signature twist on the recently re-popularised Italian classic, the Aperol Spritz.

47-51 Great Suffolk Street,
London SE1 0BS
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