300-year-old church gets a Michelin-starred makeover

A new restaurant in an old church? Sounds simply divine.

When was the last time you tucked into some dim sum in a church? We’re guessing never.

All the more reason to book in a visit to Duddell’s – one of London’s most anticipated new openings.

With a soaring, eight-metre high ceiling, historic stained-glass windows, wood-panelled walls and the original altar still perfectly intact, the restaurant offers more than just a reminder of its architectural past.

The 300 year old, Grade-II listed St Thomas Church has been fabulously restored and brought to date by interior design firm Michaelis Boyd.

The geniuses at Michaelis Boyd have renovated and restored with aplomb, injecting Queen Anne architecture with 1960s glamour and contemporary silhouettes.

Enormous, brass chandeliers make the most of the soaring ceiling height. A modern, glass mezzanine floor breaks up the space while offering views of the diners below (a great spot for people watching).

The main dining space seamlessly blends the old and new; modern lighting has been cleverly arranged along the traditional wood-panelled walls – without so much as denting the woodwork – while contemporary chandeliers draw attention to the stained glass windows and original cornicing.

Expect a a plush colour scheme of deep blues, dramatic teals and greys with bronze accents, with a stunning emerald tiled bar with a pink terrazzo top. Decorative brass shelving, statement lighting and modern dining chairs contrast with the vintage geometric flooring.

The new mezzanine level lets you dine even closer to heaven, whilst offering views over the open kitchen and dining floor below through a clear glass balustrade.

Oh, and with a Michelin Star we hear the food ain’t bad either. As if you needed any more reason to visit, the kitchen serves up its famed Cantonese dishes, from Peking duck to lobster noodles. Hallelujah!

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