Julie’s has re-opened

By Mountgrange Heritage May 2024

Julie’s, the celebrated Holland Park restaurant has opened it’s doors once again. Under new ownership, the much-loved dining and drinking haunt, renowned for its celebrity clientele and bohemian charm, will return to its rightful position at the heart of West London’s culinary scene. 

We were also excited to hear our very talented client Rosanna Bossom has breathed new life into the space to reinvent Julie’s for a new generation. 

First opened in 1969, by acclaimed interior designer Julie Hodges, Julie’s became an instant hit with famous actors, fashion icons, artists and royalty, remaining a stalwart of the London hospitality scene until its closure on New Year’s Eve 2022.

The reimagined restaurant, under the direction of new owner Tara MacBain, a Holland Park resident, Cordon Bleu trained chef and long-standing Julie’s regular, will open as a modern French brasserie, offering 160 covers across a ground floor dining room and bar, basement dining area and alfresco terrace. To reinvent Julie’s for a new generation, interior designer Rosanna Bossom has breathed life into the space with warm yellow and gold tones bathing the space in light. Guests will be greeted by a striking bespoke chandelier made from hammered cast iron leaves and an arresting oyster shell decorated bar. Textile specialists Rosanna and her team have created a design that fully embraces the restaurant’s iconic brasserie status whilst looking forward to its new future with shimmering antique mirrored walls, sumptuous embroidered leather chairs and stools and a glazed volcanic bar top, are just a few of the new restaurant’s notable features.  

Since the restaurant first opened its doors, Julie’s was always about more than ‘just dinner’ and now new owner Tara is on a mission to recreate its inimitable appeal from morning until night. Having lived in the area for over 20 years, Tara still reminisces about the many family lunches spent at Julie’s, attending special occasions such as friend’s engagement parties or getting dressed up for a star-studded evening in the intimate booths downstairs. Julie’s will rightfully reopen as a beloved neighbourhood restaurant but with a renewed bohemian charm, a dining and drinking haven for any occasion with the warmest welcome for all. 

I feel so grateful for the opportunity to reimagine this iconic restaurant, especially one that is so close to my heart. Julie’s has become a West London institution and I look forward to continuing its legacy. It is also no coincidence that our launch team consists almost entirely of West Londoners – it is so important to me that everyone involved in the project holds Julie’s to the same esteem and that we continue its unique story. I am so excited to welcome both original fans and a new generation of diners through our doors.

Tara MacBain, New Owner

Tara is determined to bring the effortless elegance of the original restaurant back to the forefront of London culture, with an all-day dining menu consisting of decadent seafood towers and oysters sourced from the UK and France, along with a theatrical martini trolley offering diners a customised cocktail experience at their table-side. The wine list will appeal to the capital’s oenophiles with a selection of the finest bottles, sourced from renowned international wineries along with a selection of lesser known emerging brands.