If, like us, you pick your restaurants based on dinner AND decor, you'll be pleased to hear there's a new dining space in London that is a feast for the eyes.
TheNorth Audley Cantine (NAC) in Mayfair has had a 1940's Hollywood styleoverhaul. So we're talking pastel pink walls, velvet banquette seating and Art Deco style brassware of dreams.
The makeover is thanks todesign duo Tyeth Gundry and Christian Ducker of London-basedGundry + Ducker. The brief? To transform the quaint but dark basement bar Chez Chow, named after Teddy the Chow Chow – the pet of one of the owners – into a glamorous oasis.
It needed to be a decidedly different look from theground-floor main restaurant which has a clean, pared-down interior with white-washed brickwork, stark light fixtures and leather seating. The result? Pastel pink walls, white marble table tops, azure flooring, emerald velvet banquette seating separated by see-through partitions, bespoke brass lighting and a streamlined zinc bar.
The brass mirrors help to make the space appear larger, while the lighting – also designed byChristian and Tyeth – helps lift the once-moody space.
We're sold – see you at the bar.