Polpo, Beak St

Contracts Director David du Boulay has worked closely with Russell Norman and Richard Beatty since the launch of the first Polpo in 2009. Inspired by the bacari of Venice, the restaurant is located in an 18th Century building in Beak St, appropriately said to have been the home of Venetian artist Canaletto. The 60 seater restaurant offers chicheti, a sort of Italian tapas, with wines carefully chosen from Northern Italy. Diners get a great view of the open kitchen at one end and the bustling streets of Soho at the other. Exposed brickwork, an imported bronze coloured tin ceiling and ancient carbon filament light bulbs lend an atmosphere of a bygone era.