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Ukrainian Spanish concept Boca a Boca to open first restaurant in London

Shaftesbury Capital has announced Ukrainian born Spanish concept, Boca a Boca is set to open its first UK based restaurant in London’s Fitzrovia.

Boca a Boca, a Spanish idiom meaning ‘word of mouth’, is the brainchild of Ukrainian entrepreneur, Andrii Nikonov, who opened his first restaurant in Kyiv in February 2022.

Andrii identified a gap in the country’s Mediterranean food offer and sought to introduce his love of Spanish cuisine and culture to its capital. Having partnered with Ben Floyd, founder of London-based hospitality consultancy Lumiere, Boca a Boca is taking its first step into the UK, introducing the relaxed atmosphere, and refined Spanish classics that have made it popular in Ukraine.

The restaurant will be located at 18 Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia and will comprise a dining room for up to 66 covers, alongside a bar, and a retail element.

A private events space, with the opportunity to host wine tastings and to incorporate live music, will also feature.

The wine menu will be exclusively Spanish, including a rotating ‘wine of the month’ selection to highlight new and exciting regional options, while the all-day food menu focuses on an array of tapas and small plates, from montaditos, to pinchos, to charcuterie and takes on familiar items such as paella, with an authentic dessert offer to finish.

The restaurant is set to open in November.