Langan's is rescued from administration

Langan’s is saved! London restaurant that was 1980s celebrity haunt for the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Michael Caine and Rod Stewart is rescued from administration

  • It was opened in 1976 under then-co-owners Michael Caine and Peter Langan
  • Langan’s closed in March following the coronavirus outbreak and did not reopen
  • Restaurant is set for a refurbishment to ‘reimagine’ the famous celebrity haunt

The famous 1980s celebrity haunt Langan’s Brasserie which was once frequented by famous faces including Rod Stewart has reportedly been saved from administration. 

The London restaurant, which was opened in 1976 under then-co-owners Michael Caine and restaurateur Peter Langan, is understood to be relaunching next autumn. 

The Mayfair eatery, a favourite with boxer Muhammad Ali and The Rolling Stones lead man Mick Jagger, is believed to have been acquired by a group of individuals led by Oakley Capital founder Peter Dubens. 

The Mayfair eatery, a favourite with boxer Muhammad Ali and The Rolling Stones lead man Mick Jagger (pictured with Jerry Hall in 1983) 

It had closed in March following the coronavirus outbreak and did not reopen following the loosening of coronavirus restrictions earlier this year with staff retained under the government’s Job Retention Scheme. 

The restaurant, which opened in 1976 as a joint venture between actor Sir Michael Caine and Irish restaurateur Peter Langan, appointed administrators from financial advisory firm Begbies Traynor last month. 

Mr Dubens, 54, who has built a fortune of around £150 million according to The Sunday Times, is understood to be investing in the restaurant in a personal capacity, according to The Times. 

Famous 1980s celebrity haunt Langan’s Brasserie which was once frequented by famous faces including Rod Stewart (pictured in 1989 with girlfriend Kelly Emberg) 

The restaurant will be reopened under the direction of Food and Beverage Operating Partner at Oakley Capital Graziano Arricale and James Hitchen next year. 

Langan’s Brasserie posted on their website: ‘Langan’s will be carefully restored to its former glory: a bastion of timeless glamour, luxury – and escapism.’

Mr Arricale posted a picture of himself outside Langan’s alongside Mr Hitchen to Instagram last month captioned: ‘A New Adventure Begins.’ 

The restaurant (pictured) will be reopened under the direction of Food and Beverage Operating Partner at Oakley Capital Graziano Arricale and James Hitchen next year

The restaurant (pictured) is set for a refurbishment to ‘reimagine’ the famous eatery while restoring it ‘to its former glory’, according to The Caterer

The restaurant is set for a refurbishment to ‘reimagine’ the famous eatery while restoring it ‘to its former glory’, according to The Caterer. 

MailOnline has contacted Langan’s for a comment. 

Peter Langan moved from Ireland to London in the 1960s, starting his catering career at Odin’s in Devonshire Street.

But, according to the restaurant’s website, he had grander dreams, wanting to bring the Parisian cafe culture to London.

Michael Caine with his daughter Nikki and his wife Shakira at Langan’s Brasserie in 1984 

He teamed up with Sir Michael to transform Le Coq d’Or into Langan’s Brasserie, with original artwork, a change in lighting, live jazz and a famously relaxed atmosphere – with no dress code.

A year later, in 1976, they were joined by Richard Shepherd, the former head chef of the Michelin-starred Capital Hotel in London.

Shepherd, who still owns an interest in the business, created a menu that the restaurant still boasts today has ‘changed very little’ in almost 40 years. 

With its signature dish of spinach soufflé with anchovy sauce, the restaurant soon became a hit.


Other big names to have been pictured at the famous brasserie are former Chelsea captain John Terry (left). Actor Dustin Hoffman and his wife Lisa (right) attended a New Years Eve Party at Langan’s Brasserie in 1982

By the mid-1980s it was a famous haunt for many big name stars.

These include Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson and David Hockney – the latter of which helped design the menus turning them into collectors’ pieces.

Other artists to feature including Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Gerald Moira. 

British songwriting duo Tim Rice (left) and Andrew Lloyd Webber with Lloyd Webber’s wife, British singer Sarah Brightman at a New Year’s Eve dinner at Langans restaurant in December 1986

In 2018, a sketch by David Hockney for the menu of Langan’s Brasserie was reportedly expected to fetch £500,000 after the veteran actor put it up for sale.

The 1977 drawing, in coloured pencils and crayon, showed Caine with co-owners Peter Langan and Richard Shepherd at their Mayfair restaurant.

Langan died died at the age of 47 in December 1988, several weeks after a fire at his home in Essex which he is alleged to have started himself.

Langan’s Brasserie was famous for its with original artwork, a change in lighting, live jazz and a famously relaxed atmosphere – with no dress code

Langan’s name was retained by the restaurant and Richard Shepherd subsequently bought Michael Caine’s share of the company to become the sole owner of Langan’s Brasserie.

As chain, the business expanded to other sites, including Langan’s Bistro in Paston Place, Brighton, which has since closed.

Another Langan’s Brasserie was opened in 1986 by Langan in, Essex, near his home.

In July 1998, Richard Shepherd opened Langan’s Coq d’Or in Earls Court, which is now operating as Rocca restaurant.  

Langan’s Brasserie: The joint venture of an English actor and an Irish restuaranter that became a haunt for the rich and famous 

The restaurant opened in 1976 as a joint venture between actor Sir Michael Caine and Irish restaurant Peter Langan.

Langan moved from Ireland to London in the 1960s, starting his catering career at Odin’s in Devonshire Street.

But, according to the restaurant’s website, he had grander dreams, wanting to bring the Parisian cafe culture to London.

Michael Caine,  Richard Shepherd and Peter Langan together in 1981

He teamed up with Sir Michael to transform Le Coq d’Or into Langan’s Brasserie, with original artwork, a change in lighting, live jazz and a famously relaxed atmosphere – with no dress code.

A year later, in 1976, they were joined by Richard Shepherd, the former head chef of the Michelin-starred Capital Hotel in London.

Shepherd, who still owns an interest in the business, created a menu that the restaurant still boasts today has ‘changed very little’ in almost 40 years. 

The restaurant soon became a hit and by the mid-1980s was a famous haunt for many big name stars.

These include Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson and David Hockney – the latter of which helped design the menus turning them into collectors’ pieces.

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