D&D London is a group of diverse restaurants, bars and hotels based principally in London, but also with venues in Paris, New York and Tokyo. It was founded by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi (the eponymous D and D) in 2006, following a buyout of Conran Restaurants. Since then the company has become a vital player in London’s famous restaurant scene, owning some of the capital’s most celebrated restaurants, such as Quaglino’s, Le Pont de la Tour, Chelsea’s famous Bluebird and city favourite, Coq d’Argent.
Since 2006 the collection has continued to grow, with the acquisition of Image Restaurants in 2007 (Avenue, Kensington Place and Launceston Place), and launches including Skylon, Old Bengal Warehouse (Fish Market, New Street Grill, New Street Wine Shop and Old Bengal Bar), South Place Hotel (with its two restaurants, 3 South Place and the Michelin-Starred Angler). Bluebird Café in White City is the latest addition to the group as well as Italian favourite Fiume, located at the new Battersea Rise development
As well as this, D&D London operate in international waters: Botanica and Iconic restaurants in Tokyo, Alcazar restaurant in Paris and Guastavino’s in New York, which will soon be joined by Bluebird NYC launching late 2018, and another new development in Hudson Yards in 2019.
In 2013, LDC, a leading UK private equity investor, became D&D’s new financial partner, with Des Gunewardena, David Loewi and the management team retaining their existing investments. This partnership has led to a period of further rapid expansion through new launches and refurbishment of existing restaurants.
In addition to the restaurants, D&D unveiled a new partnership in 2015, with hospitality catering business, Alexander & Björck.
German Gymnasium, London
The group has been recognised as a leading business in caring for the environment and supports a number of charity partners, working on various campaigns throughout the year to cornerstone these partnerships.
Today D&D London is a forward-thinking iconic company that owns and operates 35 restaurants and one award-winning hotel.