Property Week: Pergola selects Paddington Central for new al-fresco dining experience

Pergola is to create a new al fresco dining experience at Paddington Central as part of British Land’s £100m transformation of the mixed-use campus adjacent to Paddington station.

The company behind Pergola on the Roof at White City has signed a two year lease for a new 850-capacity venue, set over two floors on the site of 5 Kingdom Street. 

It will host four residencies, the first of which will launch in May and host five popular restaurant and bar concepts: Mamalan, DF/Mexico, Decatur, Patty & Bun and Raw Press. Each operator will offer a bespoke menu.

Tim Haddon, asset manager at British Land said: “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to enliven our spaces and introduce forward thinking and unique occupiers. Pergola will attract thousands of new visitors to Paddington Central, adding to the vibrancy of the campus.”

Pergola on the Roof launched in May 2016 at the former BBC Television Centre in White City. The experience proved popular with Londoners, attracting 130,000 visitors during its initial three month opening.

Paddington Central is now fully-let and home to leading international businesses including Microsoft, Vodafone, Shire, VISA and Prudential. Currently 8,000 people work and live at the campus.

British Land acquired part of the Paddington Central office campus for £470m in 2013, and completed the purchase of One Sheldon Square for £210m in 2015. Since then, the company has invested an additional £100m to begin the transformation of the public realm and begin the construction of 4 Kingdom Street.

paul ross