Olympic Studios, the famous London recording studios that once played host to music legends from Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones to Madonna, opens to the public today in its new guise as a Cinema, Private Members’ Club and Café and Dining Room. The enterprise spearheaded by local media couple, Stephen and Lisa Burdge, was part funded by 250 founder members, all of whom paid £5000 each.
The all-day Café & Dining Room will be overseen by Jon Laycock, formerly of Soho House Group, with Swedish-born Andreas Engberg (ex-Racine, The Arts Club) as Head Chef. Breakfast highlights include Avocado Toast and Autumn Fruit and Berry Salad, while signature dishes from the rest of the menu include Home-smoked Mackerel, Sutton Hoo Roast Chicken, Whole Grilled Lobster, and desserts such as Bread and Butter Pudding. There will also be sandwiches, a children’s menu and a pastry kitchen serving pancakes to pies – not to mention an on-site sweet shop that also sells popcorn.
In addition to a modern wine list with grapes from both old and new world, you’ll find a cocktail list featuring the classic Sidecar (1922) to house signatures such as the East Side Pickford – with Havana 7, pineapple shrub, lime juice, bitters and caramelised pineapple.
The multi-facetted venue also features two cinemas seating 125 and 65 people respectively and a Private Members’ Club and Recording Studio, spread across the all three floors comprising private dining rooms, bars, work rooms, and meeting spaces.
The new interior design has been overseen by Simone McEwan Design & Consultancy (McEwan is a former Director of Design of the Soho House Group and Concept Director at Selfridges) retaining original features such as large wooden beams, exposed brickwork walls, and wooden floors covered with the original rugs and carpets that helped soundproof the old music rooms. The Café & Dining Room feature large wooden sharing tables and more intimate ones framed by comfortable leather banquette seating.