Duddell New Cafe opens in historic St Thomas Church [London]

London-based mostly architectural studio, Michaelis Boyd has concluded the lovely style for Duddell’s London, the new very hot cafe and arts room principle in the coronary heart of London Bridge.

Duddell’s London is positioned in the historic Quality II-detailed St Thomas Church, one particular of the very best illustrations of Queen Anne architecture in London. Michaelis Boyd has overseen the restoration of the developing to develop an genuine Cantonese cafe, which is headed up by Chef Daren Liew, beforehand Government Sous Chef with the Hakkasan Team.

The first two-Michelin star award-profitable Duddell’s was started in Hong Kong in 2013 by inventive business owners Alan Lo, Paulo Pong and Yen Wong. The room was conceived as a cultural and social location for folks with an appreciation for the arts, delivering an inspiring backdrop in which to meet up with, consume, consume and socialise. As at Duddell’s Hong Kong, the London brand name will show a typical rotation of modern day artwork, creating it component cafe and component gallery.

Alex Michaelis, Co-Founder of Michaelis Boyd feedback: ‘Duddell’s Hong Kong is considerably of an establishment and we had been delighted to operate on this interesting new enterprise in London. When developing the room, we needed to rejoice the building’s abundant historical past and spotlight the variation amongst outdated and new. We maximised the organic gentle that arrives into the developing to intensify crucial heritage attributes and now the previous church has a new lease of daily life.’

The cafe is established on two flooring the floor flooring style is targeted toward the first dim timber church altar, whilst the mezzanine amount permits sights by means of a very clear glass balustrade throughout the huge 8-metre substantial room and open up kitchen area.

The style for Duddell’s London was influenced by the standard 1960’s Hong Kong tea cafe, creating use of color and sample to develop a retro room with a modern day twist.

A monolithic composition, clad in inexperienced tiles gives the centrepiece of the cafe and spans the floor flooring. This spectacular central island functions as the open up dim sum kitchen area and cocktail bar. The island is totally free-standing, detached from the partitions and current wood panelling of the developing. The operate best is produced from pink terrazzo with white chips delivering a delicate distinction to the inexperienced tiling. The bar has ornamental brass shelving for eyeglasses and bottles with discrete, constructed-in illumination that gives a emphasis for the diners sitting down at substantial amount timber bar stools. Extra illumination is offered by amazing bespoke gentle fittings produced from perforated overlapping satin brass sheets.

The boldly colored, geometric flooring produced from rubber, contrasts from the current dim oak cladding which traces the perimeter of the cafe. In get to safeguard the first timber flooring of the room, Michaelis Boyd lifted the flooring amount and in regions the place this was not attainable, still left the current timber flooring uncovered and secured. A totally free-standing deep blue leather-based banquette sits in entrance of the 4-metre substantial home windows providing an abundance of organic gentle to lunch time visitors with an extra L-formed couch in blue leather-based complimented by poufs in mohair velvet. Michaelis Boyd very carefully matched the new wood components of paneling close to the banquette seating to the current dim wood end of the developing. A combination of black rattan and timber chairs are positioned in the cafe with an array of tables with vibrant laminate tabletops.

The mezzanine amount wraps close to two sides of the cafe providing sights throughout the room and on to the open up kitchen area and bar underneath. Responding to the standard architecture whilst respecting the material of the detailed developing, Michaelis Boyd has released present day chandeliers linked to the first ceiling by a sequence of light-weight fixings that have nominal affect on the first composition.



Pictures by Ed Reeve

St Thomas Avenue, Southwark, London SE1 9RY

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