Sisters Victoria Sheppard (31), a marketing hospitality executive and Grace Sheppard (29) a luxury interior designer, have opened their debut hospitality venture “Queens” located at 17 Queen Street, Mayfair, London.
Housed within a traditional Georgian building, Queens will be open from breakfast through to dinner, moving effortlessly from casual coffee spot to buzzing evening cocktail and wine bar, serving light bites such as cheese and charcuterie boards.
For those on the go, Queens will provide a takeaway “grab and go” area at breakfast and lunchtime, with a selection of freshly made pastries and artisan sundry items. And with 30 covers for dine-in customers, signature items on the carefully curated menu include: Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with optional Truffle, Queen’s Truffle Cheese Toastie, Nectarine and Fennel salad with smoked chicken and the Prince Harry cocktail.
For the discerning coffee drinkers, Queens is also excited to announce an exclusive partnership with Difference Coffee. Difference is currently served in over 60 Michelin star restaurants around the world and Queens will be the supplier’s only collaboration outside of the fine dining sphere.
As well as Difference Coffee, the sisters are looking forward to working with some of the top specialist suppliers including Hedone Bakery, renowned for its famous white and brown sourdough breads, and world chocolate specialists Charbonnel & Walker.
Queens is committed to using local, seasonal and British ingredients, with suppliers including Wiltshire Truffles, Brown and Forest Smokery in Somerset, plus spirits from their cocktail menu delving to Grace and Victoria’s Dorset roots with Black Cow Vodka and Conker Gin.
Victoria Sheppard commented: “At Queens we see an opportunity to bring local Mayfair commuters something different from the chain cafes they would be used to frequenting. We have partnered with some of the top suppliers to bring customers premium homemade food at a competitive price point for the prestigious area.
“We want to be the middle ground between the pubs and five star hotels in Mayfair for local workers to catch up on lost socialising.” Victoria added.
The styling and interior, led by Grace, blends together the building’s original features with a contemporary style, featuring a statement counter, joined by dark oak flooring and paired with mirrored brass countertops, vibrant bar stools and banquette seating, providing a warm and elegant atmosphere.