The Painters Room at Claridges, London – England

The Painter’s Room was until recently an underused storage space located between the hotel’s check-in area and the ballroom.
A relatively small space with an uplifting palette of soft tones. The fluted pink marble bar takes centre stage, flanked by green onyx panels on the walls.
Artist Annie Morris has completed the space with a mural that references the hotel’s heritage but brings it directly into the 21st century. Annie Morris also created the striking stained glass window in front of the bar in pink onyx.
All the lighting, furniture and architectural details were designed by the design studio.

Photo credits: Bryan O’Sullivan Studio
Design: Bryan O’Sullivan Studio

The Painter’s Room
Claridge’s, Brook St, London W1K 4HR, England
Phone: +44 20 7107 8835

The Gallery, at Sketch, London – England

Recently, well-known British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA and celebrated French architect, India Mahdavi, refreshed the iconic London restaurant—the Gallery at Sketch, with a new installation of artworks and interior design. Earlier this month, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sketch, the Gallery restaurant was transformed into a sunshine-yellow setting designed by Mahdavi, exhibiting Shonibare’s colourful site-specific artworks. Shonibare and Mahdavi were invited by Sketch’s founder, Mourad Mazouz, to transform the Gallery as the restaurant bids farewell to its well-loved pink interiors, also conceptualised by Mahdavi in 2014 that features works by designer David Shrigley.
Titled ‘Modern Magic’, Shonibare has crafted 13 new site-specific artworks in his signature style, showcasing the theme of African culture. The installation includes four hand-painted masks carved from wood and nine framed quilts that replicate African masks found in Pablo Picasso’s collection. To complement the striking artworks, Mahdavi has crafted a regal space with copper walls and solar yellow fabrics. Shonibare’s new artworks featuring his trademark Dutch wax batik pattern can be viewed by guests seated within the glistening restaurant.
Sketch is an award-winning destination for experimentation in food, art, and music in Mayfair, London. It was inaugurated in 2002 by restaurateur, Mourad Mazouz, and three-Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. Located within a Grade II listed building that was once the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sketch consists of the three Michelin Starred Lecture Room and Library, the Parlour, a trendy all-day cafe and bar at night, and the Gallery, a chic gastro brasserie. Sketch also encompasses the Glade, serving a lunch garden menu and cocktails at night, and the East Bar, a small intimate bar.

Photo credits: Edmund Dabney
Design: India Mahdavi
Artist: Yinka Shonibare CBE RA

The Gallery
9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG, England
Phone: +44 20 7659 4500

Doctor Duncan’s, Liverpool – England

Doctor Duncan’s is named after William Henry Duncan, the UK’s first Medical Health Officer. Duncan was born and raised in Liverpool before attending Edinburgh University where he qualified as a medical doctor. After moving back to his hometown Doctor Duncan was appointed as Medical Health Officer on 1 st January 1847, the first of this type of Senior Government role in Britain.
The pub, dating back to 1901, was built to house Pearl Insurance and is well known for its elaborately tiled interior. Now, in honour of its namesake, it houses an authentic Victorian pharmacy cabinet.

Design: DV8 Designs
Contractor: Mikhail Contract Interiors

Doctor Duncan’s
St John’s Ln, Queen Square, Liverpool L1 1HF, England
Phone: +44 151 709 5100

Bing Ting, Hull – England

‘Bing Ting’ literally translating as ‘pancake house’ in Chinese, is a pancake house situated in a Victorian butchers shop in Kingston Upon Hull. The design combines playful and bold patterns inspired by the food and culture that surrounds it within a listed historic shell. Defiantly worth a visit if you are in Hull, Princes Street.

Photo credits: Alix McIntosh
Design: Studio Sam Buckley
Project: Playground Design Studio

Bing Ting
63 Princes Ave, Hull HU5 3QX, England
Phone: +44 1482 689033

Dhillon’s Spire Bar, Coventry – England

Dhillon’s Brewery, established in 2015, is an award-winning microbrewery located in Coventry, the heart of the Midlands, specialising in well-crafted beers with a slight hint of madness.
This beautiful grade two listed building was originally built in the early 13th century and is renowned for being one of the three famous spires of Coventry. Since its completion it has somehow survived King Henry VIII’s dissolution, the tearing down of the monasteries and the devastating 1941 Coventry Blitz. History seeps through the seemingly indestructible stone walls.
Choosing a luxury marble bar top, exquisite velvets, textures and patterns alongside soft subtle lighting not only offers a nod to the building’s history but helps ease the transition from daytime to night time seamlessly and eloquently.

Photo credits: Raich Phillips Photography
Design: Black Ivy

Dhillon’s Spire Bar
Spire, Christchurch, New Union St, Coventry CV1 2PS, England
Phone: +44 24 7622 5905

MiMi Mei Fair, London – England

Housed in a Georgian townhouse, the three-storey restaurant is imagined as the private residence of Empress MiMi – keeper of China’s most revered culinary secrets.
Spanning three floors and six rooms, the restaurant is where old-fashioned Oriental glamour meets modern eclecticism.
The design was inspired by Beijing’s Forbidden Palace, ancient folklore tales and the extravagant era of 1920s Shanghai. Filled with trinkets, antiques and memorabilia from founder Samyukta Nair’s personal collection and her travels around the world, each room tells a story in line with the ethos of MiMi Mei Fair.
The first level leads to “The Hall”, a room inspired by Beijing’s Forbidden Palace, imagined through the lens of a Wong Kar Wai film. A series of sapele wood screened halls flank a custom marble mosaic floor with a fish scale pattern. Each salon houses upholstered cabins in vibrant red leather for 2 to 4 people, wrapped in wood and teal panels, offset by aged brass and mirrored wall lights. Custom chinoiserie cabinets with Belvedere marble counters, paired with antique vases, highlight the woodwork in the heart of the room and frame the view of the Drawing Room.
“The Library”, a room covered in emerald green and black hand-painted silk wallpaper, in the manner of an English country house, inspired by late 19th century Chinese decorative styles, awaits you on the second level. Rich green leather and deep-pile velvet banquettes frame the room, which is centred around a St Denis Green marble fireplace and green lacquered library shelves where a rare collection of MiMi’s favourite books can be found.
On descending downstairs you will be led to the atmospheric verre eglomise mirror-panelled Moon Bar, inspired by the tale of the Jade Rabbit of the Moon, who mixes the Elixir of Life with his pestle and mortar.
The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Peter Ho, a Singaporean Chinese, who brings to MiMi Mei Fair years of experience gained at Singapore’s Michelin-starred Lei Garden, My Humble House in Beijing and HKK and Hakkasan in London. Combining traditional cooking techniques with his diverse roots, Peter’s menu reflects authentic and innovative Chinese dishes inspired by Empress MiMi’s travels through Hong Kong, Singapore and the provinces of mainland China, particularly Guangdong, Sichuan, Fujian and Hunan.

Photo credits: James McDonald
Design: Flabed Studio

MiMi Mei Fair
55 Curzon St, London W1J 8PG, England
Phone: +44 20 3989 7777

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