Merchants Tavern is out and Japanese izakaya Apothecary is moving in. The name of the new spot might be a nod to the building’s history as a Victorian apothecary shop but it’ll be a contemporary take on a Tokyo tavern, Shoreditch-style, with lots of exposed brick, a wood burning stove, a robata kitchen counter, and handcrafted wooden screens throughout the 130-cover space.

Drinks are the focus at izakayas and at Apothecary the list will feature local and Japanese beers, hot and cold sake, wine, and Asian-influenced cocktails like Whisky Highball (Toki Whisky, soda & Genmaicha tea) and the Sweet Pea (tequila, lemon, sweet pea, soda & absinthe). There’ll be a range of small plates to snack on whilst you drink, including robata grilled skewers, sushi, sashimi and hirata steamed buns. And as Spiritland co-founder Dominic Lake is involved in the venue, you can bet the sound system and the DJ sessions on Friday and Saturday nights will be on point.

Opens Weds 2nd June 2021
36 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PG