As much as we love a perfectly tenderised steak and an expertly mixed cocktail, there are some restaurants worth a visit for their wow-worthy interiors alone. If you’re in the mood for a multisensory dining experience (or just want to look at pretty things), take cues from the shortlist results of London’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2015.
The awards – now in their seventh year – edit down the most visually striking eating and drinking venues in London and are judged by the likes of Tom Dixon, Gordon Ramsay and Editor in Chief at Wallpaper* magazine Tony Chambers, so you know they’re going to be good.
Take a look for yourself at their pick of the best, and you can wine, dine and sublime-design your way around across the capital.
With its candlelit atmosphere, rustic seating and grand vibe, you can image kings, queens and knights enjoying a feast at Beast during medieval times. Designed by DesignLSM, this flamboyant eatery is the place to head for in-house drying Nebraskan Steaks and Norwegian King Crabs, served up on impressive communal oak tables.
Slick design brand Harrison have combined contemporary and futuristic interiors in Core’s bar, nestled on Queen Street in The City. Set over two floors it has a New York-meets-London vibe and looks much like a converted warehouse: airy, quirky and edgy with exposed walls and street artwork – the coolest place to enjoy a tipple or two.
Dishoom Kings Cross
The third branch of Bombay-style Dishoom is the restaurant brands best-looking yet. A striking three-storey Victorian warehouse has been furnished by Macaulay Sinclair with sepia prints, whirring fans and an oversized railway-station clock to recreate the elegant feel of 1930s India. Trendy, urban and ultimately transporting, this is a must-visit for spice-loving Londoners.