Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: London Bar


The London Bar category in this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards consisted of a little over ten entries, from across the borough of London. Five entries made the judges shortlist from the London Bar category, and each of them are featured below, with links to their Awards entry and the designers also below.


WC, London is a 100 year old Victorian water closet that designers Jayke Mangion and Andy Bell converted into a wine and charcuterie bar. Keeping as much of the original featuring as possible, whilst also creating an environment that was appealing was the biggest challenge. The mosaic floors were retained, and the generous proportions of the original cubicles formed seating booths while cubicle doors were repurposed as tables. The old attendants office became the bar area, resulting in a warm, quirky hidden gem that is a talking point without customers feeling like they are sitting in a toilet!

Silk & Grain

Silk & Grain is a London restaurant that has been refreshed throughout by Surface-id. Originally a restaurant with limited trading hours, the new design needed to be transitioned from a restaurant into a bar specialising in great cocktails and excellent food. The new design reflects the materials and processes used in the cocktail production – copper, wood and leather. The colour palette is neutral but enlivened by strong bold materials – deep turquoise blue handmade tiles, warm and comfortable upholstery, copper and rich timber bar.


Old Tom & English in Soho, London is designed to be homely and very welcoming, but also a lot more modern. Lee Broom wanted the space to reflect the relaxed ambience and also to recreate the atmosphere of attending a “raucous” dinner party or imitate a cocktail party. A contemporary take on the relaxed elegance of home entertaining in the 1960s, Old Tom uses traditional and honest materials such as oak and marble which have been used to create a bar incorporating multiple levels, a post modern fire place and striking vertical panelling featured throughout the venue.


Holborn Grind is a bar that combines a vibrant warm feel through the use of authentic original exposed brick walls and materials. Biasol: Design Studio used refined and ‘rough loved’ materials with white and grey marble hexagonal tiles along the bar. Reclaimed pale oak timber, green leather banquettes and concrete ceilings compliment the antique brass cocktail shelving that descends along the bar, inspired by a 1950’s brass cocktail cart.


Once a car park and underground garage, Core set numerous architectural design challenges. Harrison were encouraged to explore and take inspiration from pop-ups; the pavement in front of Core showcases a pop-up shop and cafe theme, with a spectrum of colour to entice people inside. Strategic lighting and artwork overcome the awkward architecture and the result is a uniquely arty, eclectic venue with a real difference.

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

Core (London) Harrison

Holborn Grind (London) Biasol: Design Studio

Old Tom & English (London) Lee Broom

Silk & Grain (London) Surface-id

WC (London) Jayke Mangion & Andy Bell

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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