Kelly Brook and Nick House launch London cocktail classes


Steam and Rye is the new one-stop nightlife destination venue, created by London entrepreneur Nick House (Mahiki, Whisky Mist and Bodo’s Schloss) and British model and national sweetheart Kelly Brook. They have created a spectacular 550 capacity space in the old Bank of New York building that encapsulates America’s Gilded Age, in Bank – at the heart of the City of London.

Since opening in November 2013, Steam and Rye has attracted a host of celebrity guests, including Nicole Scherzinger, One Direction, James Middleton, Pixie Lott and Little Mix, proving to be a favourite hangout of London’s bright young things. Inspired by 1940’s America, the decadent bar and restaurant offers live music and dancing with a classic Americana theme, open Monday-Saturday.

Upon entering the grand building, guests receive an all-American warm welcome in the dark and mysterious reception area, and then move on through to the main dining room and bar which channels the grand living of the Great Gatsby era mixed with travelling shows and the Wild West.

Nick House said: ‘It was love at first sight when I set eyes upon the old Bank of New York. In a few seconds, an amalgamation of movies ranging from ‘Hugo’ to ‘Gangs of New York’ started to take form and I knew then that I had to make Steam and Rye a reality’.

Kelly Brook adds: ‘I am thrilled to be collaborating on this project with Nick House. This is my first venture into nightlife hospitality, and we’ve teamed up to deliver something extraordinary – there is nothing like it in London’.

Having sourced the very best in set designers, alternative thinkers, illustrators, chefs and mixologists, Nick and his team have created a space unlike any other that London has to offer. Production designer Jonathan Lee (winner of the Milan Film Festival Production Design Award for Head in the Clouds starring Penelope Cruz and Charlize Theron), was drafted in to create the interiors: the Main Hall is modelled on New York’s Grand Central Station, and feature a beautiful sculpted bar, a stage for live music, a living clock, and its very own Eastern Pacific Steam Train Dining Carriage.

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The main space is a versatile room that caters to any type of night. Guests can hang out at the bar with one of Steam and Rye’s incredible cocktails or go to eat in one of the Eastern Pacific dining booths. The live music and DJs draw people to the dance floor and Steam and Rye is fast getting a name for itself as a one-stop location for the best night out the city.

The Cargo Hold is a VIP room located on the first floor which pays homage to the weird and wonderful. Crammed floor to ceiling with decades of lost luggage and curiosities, the room boasts an exclusive bird’s eye view over Grand Central Station. The 1st Class Cocktail Carriage – located in the basement, features dark woods, rich velvet and intimate leather-lined booths, and Beamish’s Study continues the journey of escapism through the eccentric world of the 19th century America, boasting a vast and eclectic collection of clocks. All private rooms are available for hire and offer the perfect location for any private party, dinner or event.

Steam and Rye’s winning mix of perfect location and live entertainment is complemented by a high quality food and drink offer. Britain’s top bartender and finalist in the Diageo World Class competition Andy Mil (formally of London Cocktail Club) heads up the bar, which serves both classic and bespoke cocktails. Steam and Rye features a classic American menu which includes USDA Grain-fed beef from Greater Omaha, BBQ spare ribs and beautifully flavoured steaks cooked on the Josper Grill. The menu, created by celebrated chef Andrew McLeish (of Michelin-starred Chapter One, Kent) also offers crab cakes, clam chowder and smoked pulled pork, along with a selection of sumptuous desserts.

Steam and Rye boast an innovative and imaginative cocktail menu, coupled with great food and live music (every Tuesday to Saturday evening), not to mention being home to the UK’s only authentic, professional grade American mechanical rodeo bull. The bull, which cost £60,000 and features fiery red light-up eyes, steaming nostrils, and on-board GoPro cameras that video each ride (soon to be posted on a Steam and Rye YouTube channel, so riders can access the link the day after their visit), takes centre stage at Steam and Rye every Monday evening from 8pm.

For reservations:

Address: 147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
Telephone: 020 7444 9960
Capacity: 550
Available for private hire: Private parties of all sizes welcomed
Opening Times:
Monday to Wednesday 12pm to Late
Thursday & Friday 12pm to 3am
Saturdays 5pm to 3am
Closed on Sundays available for private hire