This Batman-Themed Gourmet Restaurant in London Brings Gotham City to Life


Gotham City, the fictional home of Batman, has been depicted in several different mediums: comics, movies, TV shows, and more. Now it’s a place you can actually walk into, London’s Park Row restaurant, which was conceptualized as the luxurious and refined home of the Caped Crusader.

Not exactly your typical movie connection. Park Row aims to bring the spirit of Gotham City to life, without all the gimmicks you might find in a pop culture pop-up; there’s no model in a Batsuit staring at your bench seat while you sip a concoction called Batini, for example. They opted for more subtlety than a Planet Hollywood, fortunately. In practice, this means a space divided into different sections that play on characters from the DC Comics universe (the restaurant was created alongside Warner Bros. and DC).

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“We didn’t want it to break the fourth wall,” James Bulmer, the restaurateur behind the project, told Delish. “So when you cross that threshold into the restaurant, you pretty much walk into our version of Gotham City – an actual movie set and adult playground.”

The Iceberg Lounge - Credit: Mike Linmcoln

The Iceberg Lounge – Credit: Mike Linmcoln

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At Pennyworth’s, a nod to the Wayne family butler, you’ll find classic cocktails, caviar and Inishtree single malt whiskey (you can buy any of less than 20 remaining bottles for $617 each). The Iceberg Lounge pays homage to the fictional club founded and run by the Penguin, while the Rogues Gallery spotlights Catwoman. And Old Gotham City is a seedy faux salon inspired by Poison Ivy and Scarecrow studies.

As for food, the dishes are also reminiscent of Batman and his crew of family, friends, and foes. Of course, some of his personal favorites, such as Mulligatawny soup and rib eye, are on the menu. Other options are creatively inspired by the different characters: The Joker Fish is seared Atlantic cod covered in splashes of red, yellow, green and white mash, while I Am Fear features a cooked duck egg slowly and raw enoki mushrooms served in a cloud of smoke. If you’re looking for something even more special, a 10-course menu is offered in the Monarch VIP Room, named after the location where Batman’s parents were killed.

The Gallery of Reds - Credit: Mike Linmcoln

The Gallery of Reds – Credit: Mike Linmcoln

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Many Park Row details can be admired by Batman fans and non-fans alike. But die-hard Bruce Wayne fans will be happy to know that around 50 Easter eggs are hidden throughout space (no spoilers, but keep an eye out for clocks and artwork.) “What we tried to do at through the design everywhere hides these wonderful stories that connect to the main character and the villains,” Bulmer said. “It was our way of letting you come here and experience it as a restaurant and make you walk around to discover these clues.”

Park Row is open Tuesday through Sunday. Check out more images of the restaurant below.

Wayne Manor - Credit: Mike Linmcoln

Wayne Manor – Credit: Mike Linmcoln

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Old Gotham City - Photo: Mike Linmcoln

Old Gotham City – Photo: Mike Linmcoln

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