Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch
Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch is a 1,000 sq.m bar, restaurant and art gallery and was converted from a disused leather goods warehouse on Bethnal Green Road.
Opened up as a sister venue to the Notting Hill Branch of BBB, the design of the Shoreditch project is more orientated towards it’s warehouse roots with the decorative elements and soft furnishings being styled by the owners.
The building was totally reconfigured, refurbished and fitted out internally with new bars, raised seating areas, kitchens, staircases and ancillary areas.
At basement level is a 9 metre long black marble bar to the front of the space with rear dispense bars addressing the raised seating area to the rear with leather banquettes. The walls are clad with reclaimed dark ‘burnt oak’ boards.
Ground floor level houses a facetted island bar with solid white Carrara marble bar tops and reclaimed whitewashed oak panelling. Many of the walls are also clad the same panelling.
At first floor level is an art gallery space used for exhibitions. A member’s club is planned for the second floor in the future.
From an aesthetic point of view, I can see exactly why Beach Blanket Babylon is a venue for London Fashion Week parties. Smart and glitzy, it's packed with beautiful staff. But above all, it reminded me of how the restaurants of the future were always portrayed in those iconic TV programmes of the Sixties.
Evening Standard ES Magazine 12 September 2008
Hospitality Interiors, February/March 2008
Night Magazine, January 2008