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Jason Atherton launches City Social this May at Tower42

Renowned Michelin starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton, in partnership with Restaurant Associates, unveils City Social*, within iconic skyscraper Tower 42.

Compass Group news team
Monday 03 March 2014

Tower 42

Above: Tower42

Situated in the City of London, the 90 cover venue will feature art deco style interiors, created by award winning designers Russell Sage Studios, against the backdrop of the stunning London skyline from its location on the 24th floor. Head chef Paul Walsh (previously Sous Chef at Royal Hospital Road) is working closely with Atherton to design the City Social menu which will feature creative yet simple dishes, showcasing the best of British ingredients.
Atherton comments, “I’m really excited to be working with Restaurant Associates and to be opening City Social within Tower 42. You will walk into my restaurant from the lifts and immediately see the Gherkin, The Cheesegrater, and all those iconic buildings that have shot up in London over the past decade, right in front of your eyes. The restaurant will serve beautiful cuisine in a glamorous environment.”
Working with Atherton, Russell Sage Studios will create a contemporary art deco look for City Social. The venue will be elegant with fine simple finishes. Accents of brass and mirror will sit alongside rosewood panelled boards, chrome and smoked glass. Diners will be able to enjoy incredible views of London from wherever they are seated.  The focal point of the restaurant will be the free standing, dramatic black and steel open kitchen in the centre of the dining room. Here, guests will be able to dine at the chef’s table while watching the kitchen team at work.
The City Social bar will seat 85 people and in keeping with the design will serve a selection of cocktails inspired by 1910-1930s prohibition era. Award winning mixologist Gareth Evans (head barman at The Blind Pig, Atherton’s bar located above Social Eating House) will design simple, short, spirit based cocktails featuring Scotch and American whiskies, gins and cognacs. Akin to Atherton’s other bars, drinks will be classic and served in short glasses with a selection of Champagne cocktails on offer.  Sommelier Christopher Delalonde (previously at the Prescott and Conran group) will be on hand to guide diners through the wine list and Andy Downton (previously at Claridges and D&D London’s The Old Bengal Warehouse) joins the team as general manager. 
Since the launch of Michelin starred Pollen Street Social, Jason Atherton has gone from strength to strength, launching a series of further restaurants across the world to critical acclaim. His collection of four London restaurants also includes Michelin starred Social Eating House, Little Social and the recently opened Berners Tavern within The London Edition Hotel. As the City of London continues to attract the great and the good of the culinary world, the arrival of City Social will firmly establish the district as one of London’s best foodie destinations.  
Andy Harris, Managing Director of Restaurant Associates, comments: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with Jason Atherton at Tower 42. We’ve worked closely with the Tower for many years and the launch of City Social is the perfect next step for this partnership. The magnificent views that this London landmark has to offer, combined with Jason’s international culinary experience is sure to delight diners. The opening marks an exciting time for the City of London and its thriving food scene and I can’t wait to welcome people to City Social.”

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City Social - www.citysociallondon.com
Opening Hours:
Restaurant: Lunch - 12noon - 2.45pm
                  Dinner - 6pm - 10.30pm
Bar:           12noon - 11pm

For press enquiries please contact Amy McMullin or Syamala Upham at Sauce Communications on 0208 600 3600 or amy@saucecommunications.com/syamala@saucecommunications.com

Notes to editors
*Please note that “City Social” is a working title and the name will be officially confirmed shortly