Two artisan operators head for Seven Dials

Shaftesbury has announced the entrance of two independent and artisan operators to St. Martin’s Lane in Seven Dials: WatchHouse and Anita.

WatchHouse has selected a 1,200 sq ft unit at number 7 to launch its latest Modern Coffee house, set to be the first of its kind in central London. The coffee and brunch venue will span two levels and opens in August.

Boutique ice cream and gelateria, Anita, has signed for 1,000 sq ft of space at number 4 for its UK debut and is set to open in early 2022.

Julia Wilkinson, restaurant director at Shaftesbury, commented: “Both of these operators align with the rise of mindful consumption which the pandemic has prompted, and the deals reflect our curated leasing approach which ensures there is always something unique to discover across the Seven Dials neighbourhood.

Roland Horne, CEO and founder of WatchHouse added: “We were very particular when selecting the locations in which to expand our brand, and Seven Dials’ outstanding culinary names and artisan-focused atmosphere was a standout choice for us.”

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