This is one of my favourite Burger and Lobster restaurants - the building is incredible - its an old bank building with original architectural features. The huge windows and new mezzanine floor create an enormous restaurant and bar space, that works so well in the City of London. The biggest issue with the space was that it is a listed building, meaning tight regulations on the use fixings into the structure. Consideration had to be taken on how to mount each light fitting and how to run cables to them.
Designed and manufactured by our friends CDC - the massive free standing bar gantry is a feat of engineering and plays an important role in the scheme. We incorporated lighting into all the bottle displays, up-lit from the top of the structure and down-lit the bar top from the underside of the display boxes - turning the gantry into a huge light feature.
The enormous double height space also needed light feature to compliment and so, after much thought, George the client opted for a cluster of clouds made by Blux. This worked really well in illuminating the area and created a juxtaposition of bringing the outside, inside?!
To draw the customers up the small staircase to the mezzanine floor, we opted for a large neon graphic feature a famous Mark Twain verse about bankers - a little cheeky!
Lighting for the upper dining space is almost exclusively by floor lamps and wall lamps due to the listed nature of the site.
The restaurant still looks and feels like a B&L but pays homage to the space it occupies.
Photography : James French
Andy Harwood, Design LSM