Cellarium Café (London, UK):
Panter Hudspith Architects & KSLD


This restaurant is a simple yet beautiful blend of classic and contemporary, with its bright white vaulted ceilings set in the 14th century Monk’s cellars in Westminster Abbey. The Cellarium Café, designed by Panter Hudspith Architects, is set in the very same rooms that would have stored food and drink for centuries before, making it the perfect setting to continue the Benedictine tradition of hospitality. 

The chandeliers, designed by KSLD and manufactured by Mike Stoane Lighting are simple and somewhat reminiscent of period lighting without trying too hard to be a replica, which fits seamlessly into the subtle mix of classic and modern. 

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There had been many modifications and additions to the original 14th century vaults over the years, which had split the space into a myriad of levels. After the careful demolition of these levels to reopen the original space, it is now paved with Purbeck ‘Marble’ Limestone from Haysom Ltd. 

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The Cellarium Café is shortlisted in this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is both the Restaurant or bar in a heritage building and Lighting categories.

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