Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: London Restaurant


The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards London Restaurant category consisted of just under 30 entries this year, with the judges selecting the seven restaurants below for this year’s shortlist.


Verden E5 in Clapton, designed by Other Works creates a clean, minimal palette, accented by raw materials. Bespoke wooden furniture and lighting add a distinctive tactility in tune with the brand. The layout’s openness and clear vistas to activity throughout each of the spaces creates a welcoming atmosphere, allowing guests to feel part of the liveliness of a busy restaurant.

the gallery sketch

The Gallery at Sketch, London is a monochromatic vision created by India Mahdavi providing a playful, sensual contrast to David Shrigley’s witty, daring art work. When people look at the space, the designer wanted them to see a unique and distinctly modern visual harmony, not an archetypal brasserie. So India Mahdavi designed the interiors in pink.


OPSO designers k-studio utilised a palette of natural materials inspired by traditional Greek tavernas, interspersed with vintage and contemporary furniture, lighting and planting. An open steel framework in the London venue provides storage opportunities, marking out the space without closing it off, and maximising the flow of natural light to each corner of the space.


Iberica in Farringdon, London is designed to meet the brief of a modern Spanish interior while respecting the building’s location – amongst a number of industrial age buildings which are prominent in the Clerkenwell area. The building’s original features had to be respectfully integrated into the design by Contemporain Studio.

holborn dining room

Holborn Dining Room in London is inspired by the finest aspects of British craftsmanship. All furniture was custom made for the project; reclaimed oak furnishings, antique mirrors, red leather upholstery and tweed fabric detailing with the interiors designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.


The designers of Dishoom, London – Macaulay Sinclair wanted to bring an authentic Irani café ethos to King’s Cross while respecting the Grade II listed building’s history. Originally a Victorian railway transit shed, the space has a 14m apex ceiling. Period furniture and accessories from Bombay such as the flooring, fans and balustrades cultivate the sense of entering a different time period, while the art chronicles key events of the 1920s onwards.


The food concept, service and the design brief for Beast, London were developed simultaneously and consequently DesignLSM were required to be fluid and adaptable. The food is opulent & messy, so there are large concrete hand basins. Rows of softly lit candle chandeliers and ornate candelabras soften the raw interior where dramatically lit live king crabs, meat fridges, wine cellars and an open kitchen stimulate the contemporary fine dining experience.

Each of the shortlisted entries are viewable on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site from the links below.

Beast (London) DesignLSM
Dishoom (Kings Cross, London) Macaulay Sinclair
Holborn Dining Room (London) Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
Ibérica (Farringdon, London) Contemporain Studio
OPSO (London) k-studio
The Gallery at Sketch (London) India Mahdavi
Verden E5 (Clapton) Other Works

The overall winner for this category will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Ceremony ‘The Story – Building Emotions’. Tickets are now on sale for this event to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, London on October 1st 2015.

Images © respective studios

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