The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square — London, UK

In the Modern Pantry Clerkenwell, there is a black chair and table with white clothes and a gorgeous ceiling hanging
(Image credit: Helen Cathcart)

When The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell first opened in 2008, its unusual dishes and specific blend of unexpected ingredients got everyone talking. Now, chef Anna Hansen has expanded to launch her second outpost, this time located in Finsbury Square. Set within the handsome Art Deco Alphabeta pile, the restaurant’s sharp interiors are down to New York-based design firm AvroKo, who – for its first London project – took advantage of the building’s original high ceilings, large windows and understated ornamentation, by introducing a reassuring mix of Danish-inspired walnut and leather furnishings and oak panelling, bolstered by a ceiling of hand-blown glass pendant lighting fixtures. Food, by head chef and long-time colleague, Rob Mcleary, follows the brand’s philosophy with unconventional, creative dishes using far-flung ingredients. Make a pit stop at the tapas bar for a couple of light, sharing dishes or book in to the restaurant for the full menu that comprises delights such as amchur & fenugreek marinated lamb rump with pea and lemon verbena puree accompanied by caramelized baby gem, pickled tomatoes and shallots.

An exquisite food display is assembled by the head chef in The Modern Pantry, a space lit by hand-blown glass pendant lights

(Image credit: Helen Cathcart)

A leather furnishing sofa with wooden chair and

(Image credit: Helen Cathcart)

The Modern Pantry's entry view

(Image credit: Helen Cathcart)




14 Finsbury Square


Lauren Ho is the former travel editor at Wallpaper*. Now a contributing editor, she roams the globe, writing extensively about luxury travel, architecture and design for both the magazine and the website, alongside various other titles. She is also the European Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Hotels.