The Alchemist starts 2019 with another London site announcement


Premium bar and restaurant operators, The Alchemist, starts 2019 with the announcement of an acquisition of a further London venue, adding to its ever-growing presence across the capital. The news follows the success of its recently opened St Martin’s Lane site (November 2018), and will see the operator bring its trademark of theatre served to Embassy Gardens, as part of the huge redevelopment of Nine Elms.

Already set to be a prosperous 2019, Embassy Gardens will mark the brand’s fourth London venue behind Bevis Marks, St Martin’s Lane and its next opening, at Old Street, scheduled for May 2019, with a further two sites expected to be announced early next year.

Following a £1.4million investment, the new Embassy Garden’s venue is set to open in September, creating 70 full and part-time jobs for Londoners. The bar and restaurant will span over an impressive 5,200 sq. ft., accommodating 105 restaurant covers, complemented by a beautiful outdoor space hosting an additional 78 covers. Theatre and immersive experiences are at The Alchemist’s core and this, coupled with innovative presentation and sensational settings will provide an unrivalled all-day drinking and dining destination for residents, workers and tourists at Embassy Gardens.

The latest Alchemist venue will join a flourishing mix of residents, businesses and tenants at Embassy Gardens, the home of the iconic Sky Pool. A 18,000 sq. ft. Waitrose and District coffee shop currently serve the local community, while a new art gallery, beauty bar, spin studio and Darby’s restaurant by the acclaimed Chef Robin Gill are all set to open their doors in 2019. Simon Potts, managing director of The Alchemist, speaks of the announcement: “We are delighted with the new site at Embassy Gardens and are excited to be part of one of London’s leading regeneration projects. There is huge rejuvenation currently underway in Nine Elms, from Vauxhall and the new US Embassy to Battersea Power Station, as evidenced by the extension to the Northern Line next year. We are fully committed to ongoing investment in the capital where we continue to see great trade and growth in our much loved venue at Bevis Marks, as well as a brilliant start to life in the West End on St Martin’s lane. We have a talented operations support team based in the city and very much see opportunity to continue the brand evolution in London.”

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Notes to editors:

About The Alchemist

Theatre served.

The Alchemist is a true master in dark arts and molecular mixology with theatre and immersive experiences at its core. This, coupled with innovative presentation and sensational settings, makes The Alchemist an unrivalled all-day destination.

The premium bar and restaurant, likes to do things a little differently, making incredible transformations through its delivery of unique experiences for guests. Every detail has been considered to create shareable moments and push the boundaries of unconventionality.

Established in 2010, The Alchemist provides a memorable casual dining experience from breakfast through to dinner, complemented by an expertly crafted drinks menu. Its passionate in-house mixologists create every cocktail with an obsessive eye for detail, all orchestrated to serve a devilish dash of theatre.

The premium operator can be found across the UK including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Chester, Oxford, Nottingham and Cardiff.

The Alchemist is backed by Palatine Private Equity, who supported a buy out from Living Ventures in 2015.

For media enquiries please contact Skye Stevenson at elliotts agency: 01908 787 630 |

About Embassy Gardens:

Embassy Gardens will see the creation of nearly 2,000 new homes, stunning landscaped gardens, vibrant new bars and restaurants providing a variety of al fresco spaces and 130,000 ft² of shopping space. Phase two is being delivered by EcoWorld Ballymore and phase one, which is now complete and occupied, was delivered by Ballymore Group. The apartments at Embassy Gardens are a 10 minute walk from Vauxhall Station and connectivity will be further improved with the forthcoming extension of the Northern Line, creating two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station. Future home to the Sky Pool, Embassy Gardens is a landmark development which will establish a totally new community within central London, wrapped around the new US Embassy.

For further information please contact:

Jennifer Ball, Ballymore

020 7510 9125



The Alchemist starts 2019 with another London site announcement