Take a trip to these restaurants that merge fine dining with contemporary art and architecture, in the city which forever inspires. City by City Associate Editor Emily Cater reports
London is renowned for being a city at the forefront of gastronomical innovation, as well as new and exciting art trends. If you’re equally interested in both, you’d be mad not to try out these London restaurants that combine the two, allowing you to dine in style in amongst contemporary art works from both emerging and established artists.
Here’s our top 5 round-up:
40 Dover Street W1S 4NP
44 (0)20 7499 8581
Neighbourhood: Bond Street/Mayfair
The Arts Club on Dover Street is a private members club with a fascinating history, founded in 1863 by Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and Lord Leighton amongst others. Today however, following total refurbishment in 2012, it is a meeting place for those involved in the creative arts, and houses many a fashion and art event. The interior is as polished and refined as you’d expect, complete with marble fireplaces, plush mid-century seating and incredible contemporary artworks adorning the walls.
118 Piccadilly W1J 7NW
44 (0)20 7042 7118
Neighbourhood: Bond Street/Mayfair
Part Peruvian restaurant, part private members’ bar, Coya is a vibrant culinary addition to London’s Piccadilly. Designed to coax a discerning and suitably stylish crowd, expect extravagant, yet dilapidated colonial decor. The neo-traditional menu comprises dishes such as Atún Chifa, a dish of yellowfin tuna, soy sauce, sesame seeds and red chilli, while the pisco bar serves a range of indigenous white brandy. Meanwhile, Coya is a great spot for a dose of arts and culture, featuring specially-commissioned murals painted by São Paulo street artist Loro Verz, and a revolving series of featured artists including works from Amrita Bilimoria’s series Raw Hide currently in situ.
16 Guildford Street SE1 0HS
44 (0)20 7921 9508
Neighbourhood: Bermondsey/London Bridge
Little sister to Tramshed in Shoreditch, Hixter Bankside also has a focus on meats, particularly marbled steak and Swainson farm chicken. The interiors meanwhile accentuate the open and airy space complete with floor to ceiling windows and metal and brick-work, whilst the walls are adorned with neon and hanging art by both amateur and renowned artists such as Tracey Emin, Tim Noble, Gavin Turk and Mat Collishaw.
Kensington Gardens W2 2AR
44 (0)20 7298 7552
Part of the Sackler Wing, the first-ever restaurant space designed by the renowned Zaha Hadid, The Magazine is a welcome addition to the Serpentine Gallery. The incredible futuristic space is well worth a visit for design and architectural inspiration, with the food by Berlin-born Oliver Lange adding a gourmet touch. Fusing Japanese and contemporary European cuisine, this new restaurant is full of surprises.
Newport Street SE11 6AJ
44 (0)20 3141 9333
Pharmacy 2 is Damien Hirst’s first restaurant and has been created in collaboration with Mark Hix. The space resides within Hirst’s art gallery and is inspired by his love of science – displaying his iconic art and featuring etched glass DNA strands and hand-crafted pill designs embedded in the floor. The menu (created by Hix) reflects a shared passion for fresh produce between the artist and chef, featuring dishes such as Brick a l’oeuf de carnard with harissa and shaved winter squash with treviso and Graceburn cheese.
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