Iconic chef makes move to Royal Docks

Residents and visitors alike are enjoying a taste of culture on London’s docks thanks to our thriving Royal Albert Wharf community which continues to go from strength-to-strength.

Most recently, the development has welcomed modern Indian restaurant Café Spice Namaste, which is making the move after 25 successful years in Whitechapel.

Owners Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala recently wowed TV audiences on Channel 4 show Snackmasters, after being given a challenge of recreating the famous Wagon Wheel, but have long been icons of the culinary world, including having cooked for the Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The new restaurant is currently being fitted out, but is due to open later this summer. It will also be home to a cookery school and deli.Jodie Norman, head of commercial properties, said:

We’re really happy that Cyrus and Pervin have chosen Royal Albert Wharf as a new home for their business. There are some excellent synergies in the ethos of our organisations and believe they will thrive on our scheme. I can’t wait to sample some of Café Spice Namaste’s delicious food while looking over the docks.

This addition means all commercial units on the first phase of Royal Albert Wharf are filled, with our tenants all being carefully chosen to complement the scheme and add something valuable to the community. The launch of the final phase of commercial units will take place later this year, but we already have a nursery and gym operator lined up.

Meanwhile, the Art on the Docks gallery space, in partnership with Bow Arts, will allow talented artists who have studios on the development to exhibit their work publicly. Christopher Mike, co-founder of Art on the Docks, said:

People around here had always been broadly aware of the artistic hub in the centre of their community but the gallery space – a highly visible centre for art and culture right on their doorstep – has been transformational.

People now stop us on the street wanting to know more, asking how they can get involved, saying how great it is to know it’s here. We thought it would be positive, but we underestimated just how much.