Renowned for their unique and incredibly creative interiors, bar and restaurant interior design is a fabulous place for designers to seek inspiration and think outside the box.
Whether it’s an other-worldly, underground aquarium dining experience, a candlelit medieval tavern or a minimalist spaceship-inspired dining hall with egg shaped seating, restaurant interior designers have been leading innovation in design across the world and influencing how we approach interior decor in hotels and indeed our own private homes.
Restaurant interior designers are artisans fuelled by their desire to create the next avant-garde ‘wow’ factor, pushing boundaries and norms to deliver an entirely new experience for the customer. Here we’ve picked our favourite 10 restaurant interior designs in London to inspire you in your own designs.
Showcasing an arched glazed facade, traditional colonnade terrace and double heightened space with mezzanine level, the Bronte restaurant overlooks Trafalgar Square and tells a unique story of the Strand’s history.
Inspired by Victorian explorers, designer Tom Dixon infuses a sense of mystery of worlds-unknown throughout the design. Conjuring a sentiment of being inside an extraordinary ‘collector’s house’, he features a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ in each area, filled with treasures from far afield. He blends them with remarkable materials, such as green leather and black timber booths, a pink concrete breakfast bar and blow-moulded light pendants in vibrant gold.
Conrad and Partners designed the industrial style interiors of German Gymnasium in London to work with the original features of this stunning Grade II listed property. A product of architect Edward Gruning’s superb work in 1864-5, this was England’s very first purpose-built gym and the birthplace of the National Olympian Association. Extensively restored and reconstructed, allowing the breathtaking roof structures to shine, it is now one of King’s Cross’ largest alfresco terraces, with patisserie counter, Grand Cafe, restaurant and bar.
The striking interiors have this London Landmark’s heritage at its heart, with unique Victorian features such as fencing mask inspired gold mesh screens, vast triple-height ceilings and playful gymnasium detailing filtering through the design.
Another arresting restaurant interior design by Tom Dixon, brimming with the best of British; from bespoke, London designed furniture and vintage-inspired lighting, to Scottish tweed, to beautiful British limestone revealing a vast array of glorious blacks, greys, browns, purples, reds and greens.
The sumptuous dark blue velvet banquettes, upholstered chairs and violet-blue nursery school chairs bring depth of colour, and are brought to a dramatic crescendo by the double height blue wall in traditional Moroccan plaster as it contrasts with the abstract steel ceiling.
A worthy winner of the ‘UK Pub’ category at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2016, this Richmond gem is effortlessly chic and stylish, exuding hints of quality bespoke design at every turn.
The high ceilings set the scene for the exposed industrial style steelwork and lighting, whilst the unique cast marble bar (made of twenty-four individually cast Jesmonite panels) draws you into the centre of the restaurant. Terracotta pigmented panels create a decorative bar face and the mirror, glass and steel panelling of the interior walls make a feature of the theatre kitchen.
Restaurant interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán designed Ibérica Marylebone to reflect the authenticity of the Head Chef Manzano and his menu’s Northern Spanish origins. Light and airy, echoes of laid-back laughter rise up from the ground floor to the beautiful mezzanine, whilst exquisite Andalusian tiles and giant glass lanterns transport you straight to Spain.
Bold, fresh and organic like their food, Timmy Green’s restaurant interior design creates a tranquil oasis amidst the business of city life. This light and airy 120-cover space comprises; a dedicated bar area with grand piano, a restaurant set over two floors, an outdoor lounging area and an alfresco coffee bar. The design blends canvas fabrics and reclaimed oak with carrara marble, lacquered brass and stunning original art and sculpture displays from British artists.
Set in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s literary centre, and named after the character created by Virginia Woolf, the interior design of Dalloway Terrace is perfectly elegant, poetic and quintessentially English. Bursting with beautiful flowers, the secluded secret garden dining area lifts you away from busy modern day life and back to a charming by-gone era.
A jewel in Soho’s restaurant interior design crown, Duck & Rice instantly evokes a sense of sexy sophistication with its ambient down-lighting, shiny copper-coloured beer vats and vibrant brass-coloured spiral staircase hanging dramatically out over the ground floor.
Refined and delicate in its simplicity, Nobu Berkeley’s interior design has taken inspiration from Japan and its nature, creating an organic aesthetic. The natural curvature and silhouettes of the Japanese forests, as well as the curves cast by the branches within them, are reflected in the ceiling light, wall displays, abstract mirrors and sweeping seating furniture.
With a luxury Russian-English menu and a ‘Press for Champagne’ button at every table, the Bob Bob Ricard restaurant interior design oozes opulence and vigour.
Inspired by the romance of 20th century travel, the iconic Orient Express style and the grand European brasseries of old, David Collins Studio’s deliver the perfect design for London’s most glamorous all-booth dining room, using kaleidoscopic wallpapers, instricate terrazzo flooring, exquisite marbles and stylish lighting.
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