Our first Lussmanns opened as an Eatery in November 2002, just off the Portobello Road in North Kensington. While we quickly established ourselves as the locals' favourite; we also attracted builders and B celebrities alike who would rub shoulders over coffee and croissants.
Quickly earning a reputation for great sandwiches and being able to remember our locals favourite tipple, our name even reached the BBC at White City where David Bowie, unhappy with the food offering on the Jonathon Ross show, had demanded better. Lussmanns had made it big, if only for one night!
We then branched out into 'food-to-go' delivered by bicycle, followed by a second in-house cafe at John Brown Citrus Publishing, the current publishers of Waitrose Illustrated, amongst others.
Unable to expand further but impatient to build on our early successes, after two years we decided it was time to move and left London for a new home in Hertfordshire in June 2004 to finally open a real restaurant!