Former sex shop set for kitchen fit-out

A former sex shop and illegal strip joint in Soho is to receive a makeover that will see it transformed into a charcoal grill restaurant.

Westminster Council this week gave the green light for the project, which is being led by Gordon Ker, a former City worker who is reported to have received advice from highly-rated steak restaurant Hawksmoor.

The Great Windmill Street building is now owned by Soho Housing Association, but it is allowing the restaurant to be constructed in the basement because it is unsuitable for homes.

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Ker told the Evening Standard that the restaurant could be called Jacob’s Ladder and said he had begun looking at various kitchen concepts.

“I suspect a charcoal grill will be involved but we’re working on a lot of different concepts. It used to be a clip joint, now we’re hoping to improve the area, regenerate it and do something cool,” he said.

Richard Beddoe, chairman of Westminster Council’s planning committee, added: “What was once a place marked by the police as a rip-off club where customers were sometimes marched to cash points if they refused to pay extortionate prices to leave, will now become one of London’s latest must-visit restaurants.”

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