Robin Gill

Secured a highly coverted Network Rail site

Dublin-born Robin Gill has worked under revered chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc, but his own string of restaurants – The Dairy, The Manor and Paradise Garage – are relaxed, innovative and very exciting.


To source and secure a characterful property in an emerging and trendy area within East London, without a premium.


Having two successful restaurants already in Clapham, the time had come to expand into East. Having felt that Shoreditch had become too gentrified with corporate operators, expensive rents and where everyone else wanted to be, Robin wanted to be create and become part of an emerging scene, therefore we identified and targeted Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Dalston and Hackney as being suitable locations, where rents were considerably less and the operators; local and independent.

Being self-funded without private equity, the budget for the project was limited therefore only leasing opportunities from Landlords could be seriously considered, or paying a nominal amount for an existing lease. Using our extensive network, we approached Landlords, Asset Managers and Agents informing them of the requirement. We received a good response, as Robin Gill was a desired tenant for Landlords looking to enhance their tenant mix. We went and viewed numerous opportunities however none ticked all the boxes, and the majority lacked character which was an important aspect to Robin.

With character being an important aspect, we decided to approach Network Rail as we knew they were in the process of a mass regeneration programme on their former railway arches across London, and had started refurbishing 6 railway arches on Paradise Row by Bethnal Green Tube station. Five of the arches were under offer with one remaining, which we inspected immediately. The site ticked all of the boxes, with bags of character, the ideal size and also knowing what other tenants were being lined up gave us re-assurance as they were like-minded and independent. However, with this being the last remaining arch there was a reported 12 other interested parties.


Due to our established and long term relations with Network Rail, we understood how competitive the bidding was, therefore devised a strong offer appended with a Landlords Pack, and secured the site, fending off all other bidders. The outcome was a successful for all, Robin got the characterful east end restaurant with no premium and has recently won a Bib Gourmand within the Michelin Guide.

Paradise Garage, Arch 254, Paradise Row, London, E2

"Nishan showed us the most cool and interesting space we'd come across in East London, we had to take it." - Robin Gill