Laurent de Gourcuff, the man behind the Paris Society group (which is in turn behind Parisian spots Perruche and Girafe) is taking over the old L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon site in Covent Garden and turning it into Louie. The three-storey townhouse, named after both King Louis XIV and Louis Armstrong, will feature a 150-cover French-Creole restaurant with a wood burning oven, an oyster bar and New Orleans chef Slade Rushing in charge of the kitchen. Above the two-floor restaurant will be a bar with a roof terrace, with live music coming from a jazz piano and brass bands.

Guillaume Glipa, who helped launch Chiltern Firehouse and relaunch Annabel’s, is overseeing the opening too so that should give you an idea of what to expect from the place when it arrives in March.

In the meantime, check out our fave spots in Covent Garden here.

Opens March 2020
13-15 West St, London WC2H 9NE