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The Happenstance

By | 24th June 2013

Drake & Morgan, launches its sixth site, The Happenstance, this week, in the newly developed No.1 St. Paul’s Churchyard. The 7,937 square foot, 231-cover venue has been divided into a bar, dining area, private dining room, and deli with mixology table and florist.

Designed by Fusion Design and Architecture Ltd, there’s an industrial backdrop with luxurious furnishings and feminine touches. The building boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, offering abundant natural light and views of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The bar sets painted exposed brickwork and urban concrete against contemporary lighting and bold patterns. Tall industrial style metal tables sit alongside softer upholstery, whilst a distressed display unit exhibits an extensive range of Champagne, wines and spirits. A full height steel and glazed screen envelopes the monochrome tiled deli and florist, which offers fresh breads, cured hams and cheeses from Borough Market producers, as well as a mixology table.

The dining area is all about reclaimed timber flooring and pendant lighting with a mixture of wooden, steel, fibreglass and leather furniture creating distinct areas, from long benches to low-slung chairs. An open plan kitchen showcases everything from preparation to service, with stools at one end allowing diners to watch the chefs in action.

The subterranean floor features a private dining room (seating up to 32 or 60 standing) with golden mosaic tiled vaults with hanging plant pots, a 1950s-style kitchen and oversized Anglepoise lights.

The menu champions seasonal produce, with dishes ranging from morning brunch and light lunches to sharing plates and mains. An extensive wine list including fine wines and wine flights sits alongside premium spirits, beers and innovative cocktails, including ‘skinny’ concoctions and funfair inspired tipples.