We’ve rounded up the best London restaurants where the décor (almost) outshines the dishes. From the lavish loos of Annabel’s to Sketch’s power pink restaurant, feast your eyes and feast out at one of these eight restaurants. We feel a house renovation coming on…
With the most famous toilets in town (even Victoria Beckham has ‘grammed herself in there), Annabel’s interiors have become more famous than some of its very own members. Once designed by the grande dame of décor Nina Campbell, and more recently Martin Bruznizki, the club’s interiors are a feast for the eyes, from the handmade glass flower-adored wall to the velvety bathrooms and the onyx pink sinks. Annabel’s even enlisted the help of makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury to create the perfect powder room – and it’s unashamedly pink.
The vivacious Italian trattoria is quite possibly the chicest mamas kitchen we’ve ever seen – even the high chairs look like they’re from Gucci. To recreate the look at home don’t be afraid to clash prints, colours and textures. Warm jewel tones are key, seersucker stripes welcomed and chic lighting a must. Matilda Goad (one of our favourite designers) is a great place to start to get the look.
Red leather booths, martini trolleys and distressed mirrors are the design code at Covent Garden’s Balthazar – think French brasserie-meets-NYC bar. Get the look by turning a corner of your living space into a bar with vintage mirrors, a bar cart and opulent accessories. Staying in will certainly be the new going-out with interiors this good.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Founder of the Charlotte Street Hotel, Kit Kemp, is known for her design prowess. In fact, she designs most of her hotel interiors herself. The look oozes luxury, from statement Flos-inspired lighting (top tip: M&S do great copies for a fraction of the prices) to vintage-look rugs and intricate fabrics. Kit often works with artists on unique collaborations such as Melissa White, whose wallpaper is featured below. For a deeper look at Kit’s incredible design work, be sure to pick up one of her interiors coffee table books. We’d also love the outside of our homes to look as good as the restaurant’s famous pistachio facade.
Where: 15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.3 miles)
Be transported to mid-century Bombay with Dishoom’s impressive interiors at their Kings Cross establishment. Keep things modern by mixing heavy woods – we love this apothecary unit from Rockett St George – with beautiful tiles and as much rattan as you can fit in your home.
David Shrigley’s power pink tea room at Sketch has to be one of the most Instagrammed eateries in London, if not the world. It’s a case of go big or go home – pink velvet is key, and lots of it. And keep the look authentic by investing in one of Shrigley’s very own prints which adorn the Sketch walls.
It’s simple to replicate The Ned’s interiors (and most of the Soho House Group’s for that matter) thanks to their homeware store, Soho Home. There’s quite literally nothing we wouldn’t buy from here, but we’d living on baked beans for the rest of the year, albeit on very nice dinnerware. Look for statement cushions, sumptuous velvet sofas and wow-factor lighting.
Designed by the iconic Tom Dixon, Coal Office incorporates some of the designer’s best-loved pieces. Blow the budget with his statement lighting or add just a touch of the TD with his pretty tealight holders.