D&D LONDON, formerly named Conran Restaurants, was founded in 1991 and is one of Europe's leading high quality restaurant groups. D&D owns and operates restaurants in London, Paris, Copenhagen, New York and Tokyo.
|Skylon restaurant||Launceston Place|
Led by Chairman Sir Terence Conran and CEO Des Gunewardena, D&D/Conran Restaurants was at the forefront of the explosion of eating out in London in the 1990's. The Group opened a string of highly successful restaurants including Le Pont de la Tour (1991), Quaglino's (1993), Bluebird (1997) and Coq d'Argent (1998). The first overseas venture was Alcazar in Paris (1998) and this was followed by the launch of Guastavino's in New York (2000) and, more recently, the openings of restaurants at Custom House in Copenhagen (2006) and two restaurants, Botanica and Iconic, in Tokyo (2007) jointly with D&D's Japanese partners Hiramatsu Inc. The Group also diversified into hotels and was responsible for the redevelopment of the highly successful 267 bedroom Great Eastern Hotel in the City of London. The Great Eastern which was 50/50 co-owned with US partners was opened in 2000 and sold in 2006 to Hyatt Hotels.
In 2006, Des Gunewardena (Chairman & CEO), David Loewi (Managing Director) and their management team and financiers acquired a 49% stake in the restaurants. Following this the Group changed its name to D&D London and became an independently managed business. Since the buyout, D&D London has opened 8 new restaurants (Bacino, Ebisu, and Custom House Bar & Grill in Copenhagen; Botanica and Iconic in Tokyo; and Skylon, Launceston Place and 50% owned The Modern Pantry in London). D&D also acquired Image Restaurants (Avenue, Kensington Place and Launceston Place) in June 2007.
D&D London today owns and operates 30 restaurants with aggregate revenues of ca. £75m p.a.