‘There’s something about London’s make-up that’s responsible for its design heritage; much like New York, it’s a melting pot of cultures and the city is a number of villages with different identities that have grown together. Here, you have the pomp and circumstance of regal London alongside the grunge and arty vibe of Shoreditch—and plenty in between. It’s what sets the two cities apart from the other so-called design capitals—paris is so French and Milan is so Italian, but London and New York are about variety.
‘It’s a melting pot of cultures and the city is a number of villages with different identities
In terms of restaurant design, however, we can’t compete: New York still leads the way. It spear-headed, for example, the nostalgic, rustic and Brooklyn-esque look that we’re following now. It makes sense because its dining experience is way ahead of us in terms of history. People would dine out regularly in New York before the Second World War—long before it happened here— and it’s a big part of their lives today.
Although a lot of London’s creativity is influenced by the different nationalities that have made it home, it’s one of the greatest and most beautiful cities on the planet and, whatever happens politically in the future, that spirit isn’t going anywhere.’