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Celebrity favourite The Ivy heads for Edinburgh

St Andrew Sq from Jenners
Corner plot: St Andrew Square development seen from Jenners

It’s long been a favourite haunt of London’s celebrity diners, now The Ivy is to open in Edinburgh.

The Ivy Collection is heading for the city’s fast-emerging dining quarter in St Andrew Square, confirming speculation just before Christmas.

It will open The Ivy on the Square in a 5,500 sq ft unit on the corner of the new Standard Life Investments building.

The group has signed a 25-year lease with the Standard Life Investments Pooled Property Pension Fund, which owns the property. 

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The announcement follows speculation before Christmas when adverts on Facebook and Twitter showed a video of singer Kylie Minogue celebrating a party at the Covent Garden restaurant accompanied by the message “Merry Christmas Edinburgh! We look forward to seeing you in 2017!” It is signed #Ivy100″, noting its 100th anniversary.

An Ivy brasserie has recently opened in Bristol.

Six years ago The Ivy opened a pop-up during the Edinburgh Festival for one day only, while Des McDonald, a former head chef at The Ivy, now runs the kitchen at The Printing Press Bar, the former Tempus Bar in George Street.

David Stewart, Fund Manager of the Standard Life Investments Pooled Property Pension Fund, said: “We knew the development would have appeal and carefully targeted a number of top class names in order to create a new leisure hub in the heart of the city.

“It’s a great boost to Edinburgh that The Ivy Collection has committed to St Andrew Square for its first launch in Scotland. The diverse line up is almost complete, with just one property available.”

The 165,000 sq ft mixed-use development by Standard Life Investments and joint venture partner, Peveril Securities, is made up of 100,000 sq ft of office space, plus 65,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants and apartments.

Other restaurants in the building are Dishoom, Wagamama and the Refinery.

Culverwell and Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted for Standard Life Investments. Cushman & Wakefield acted for The Ivy Collection.

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