If the walls in The Library at County Hall could talk then they would tell you about how about they watched many heated discussions between Margaret Thatcher and Ken Livingstone and how despite being struck by a bomb in World War II they managed to survive. They would also tell you that it is now becoming a restaurant. Thing is, walls can’t talk. We can though, so we’ll tell you.
First opened in 1922 by King George V and Queen Mary, The Library restaurant is inspired by its opening, to transport diners back to the golden age of the 1920s, with crisp white linens, elegant coupe glasses and an Art Deco after-dinner drinks trolley. The menu, created by head chef Jamie Welch, will champion the best British and local produce, with prized Aberdeen Angus beef from O’Shea’s butchers and fish bought daily from Billingsgate Fish market. Dishes will include pan fried chicken liver with wild mushrooms and sherry and the steak Ralph Knott, their take on the classic steak Diane, Ralph Knott being the architect who built County Hall. In the afternoon, they’ll serve a classic afternoon tea with plenty of clotted cream, homemade cakes and free flowing champagne.
As for the look of the restaurant, it’ll boast panoramic views overlooking an iconic British scene, of the Thames and Big Ben.
The next chapter of The Library begins.
The Library: Opens 10th November, London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, SE1 7PB, www.marriott.co.uk