Don’t only decide on your Winter 2016 vibe from the collections; 50s Americana ala Mary Katrantzou? or Peter Pilotto’s moody Victoriana? Here are 5 amazing London establishments, whose interiors you’ll want to get familiar with too.
“What is this place?” …”All I wish,” said the voice, “is that you arrive with an open mind and imagine, if you will, a painting that never dries…” A blurb from the website offering a glimpse into the rhetoric behind Sketch, you’re forgiven if you think this establishment is actully part of a Wes Anderson film set.
On-trend interiors in the Pantone colour of the year Rose Quartz, Sketch is a hybrid of gallery and eatery designed in delicious hues of sorbet pink in London’s W1.The destination for food, art and music over two floors of a converted 18th century building in trendy Mayfair, is brought to life by restauranteur Mourad “Momo” Mazouz, and two time Michelin starred french chef, Pierre Gagnaire.
Artist David Shrigley’s drawings and illustrations line the walls of the gallery where one can imbibe cocktails aptly named “Lovely bubbly” and enjoy afternoon tea in plush candyfloss coloured booths. Tres instagrammable!
2. New Covent Garden Flower Markets.
Not so much an interior per se, and requiring an early rise to see all the natural beauties, the riot of colour and varieties of blooms both imported from all corners of the globe and home grown in Ol’ Blighty are enough to wake you up with a sharp inhale.
Nearly 30 wholesalers from around Europe exhibit their blooms and foliage in the largest flower market in the UK open to the public.
Well worth a visit to see the latest seasonal blooms at New Covent Garden Markets, then take your peonies to go and enjoy an early brunch and flat white at Balthazar London, only a hop anda skip away from the flower markets.
3. Chiltern Firehouse
If you’re longing to sight some celebs in London and haven’t found any luck elsewhere, try your palette at Chiltern Firehouse.
Located in a former fire station in Marylebone and founded by restauranteur/hotelier god Andre Balaz of Chateau Marmont in LA notoriety, the restaurant is also a 5 star hotel of which apparently Kate Moss has a perennial booking. While the food is mouth watering with an underlying American accent and served in celebrity appropriate portion sizes, it’s really not the culinary delights one comes here for. It’s the visual delights; people watching and over the interiors.
4. The Library Bar at the Lanesborough
A bibliophile’s dream; to imbibe in the company of the the world’s greatest authors and thinkers. A St Regis establishment, the Library Bar at the Lanesborough hotel is one of London’s stalwart of classy drinking spots. The bar attracts bookish cognac aficionados, and aesthetes alike to the salubrious Knightsbridge address.
Reminisce of a British Old Boys club with bookcases, handsome leather bound editions of books published yonder year and intimate ambiance, perhaps it’s the perfect setting for dreaming up characters for your first novel.
5.The St Ermin’s Hotel lobby
A highly theatrical double staircase with neo-baroque interiors, the St Ermin’s hotel does not disappoint in both location; close to Westminister Abbey and Buckingham Palace and grandoise interior design; art nouveau plasterwork coupled with a double height ballroom.
As modern lore goes, the hotel has a very storied history. Pre-10th century, the site was an ancient monastery and became a hotel in 1896-99. In the 1930s through WW2, The Caxton Bar at the hotel became the meeting place of British Intelligence and MI5 for over 60 years. To be a fly on the wall…