Stephen Street smartens up with a new restaurant connected to the BFI.

The London film world has a new hangout — complete with a terrace for sunny summer days. The new Stephen St Kitchen adjoins the BFI offices on Stephen Street, and it’s operated by Benugo (the restaurant company that also runs an outpost at the BFI Southbank).

It’s awfully handy for meetings with BFI employees and I’ve already spotted plenty of non-BFI film types lunching in there as well — it certainly makes for a more affordable stop than Hakkasan or the Charlotte Street Hotel if you’re noshing north of Tottenham Court Road.

The restaurant opened on June 4 and head chef Mark Block will be tweaking its menu soon — but early faves include salads, pasta, flatbreads and pizzas (this reporter can vouch for the wood-fired pizza oven’s capabilities). So far, the offerings are for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Saturday brunch. The bar serves the usuals as well as signature cocktails, such as The Americano, the first drink James Bond ordered in Casino Royale.

What’s even cooler is that the Kitchen can cater for the BFI’s two private 36-seat screening rooms, which even punters can rent. There are also meeting rooms available for private hire (also with Kitchen catering available).

More info and menus available at