Morning folks! How are we today? Hope all had a fabulous weekend.
So for today’s masterpiece(s) I thought I’d take a squiz at Drake & Morgan, a corporate bar group that’s been taking London’s bar/resto scene by storm since 2008. Their creations are consistently light hearted, colourful and fun, with a serious dose of style thrown in for good measure. We’ve just arranged a big meet up with friends for when we’re back home, and what better venue is there than The Anthologist: a whimsical and contemporary space in the City. In a land populated by too many old man pubs and dreadful dives such as Abacus (*gag*), it really is a breath of fresh air.
A few elements that all the properties seem to have in common are a large open style dining/bar area with long communal tables, other sections of the space being split up into lots of different little areas with different seating styles, a whole bunch of seriously cool and quirky pendants and other accessories, and amazing textural and colour contrasts in terms of wall and floor treatments.
Note the pendants please!
The effect is to create an interior that is constantly grabbing your attention and that’s a delight to be in as a result.
So let’s take a little peek at what else they’ve done. The first place to be opened in 2008 was The Refinery in Southwark.
Errr, helllllo Tolix stools – do you see what I mean about them creating lots of different seating areas? It kinda visually splits up the space into little ‘rooms’ almost:
Another fun lighting choice for the bar:
Next up was The Parlour in Canary Wharf – loving those hanging wicker chairs, so fun!
Yet more quirky pendants over the bar – in fact in this one image alone I can see four distinct lighting options:
Err, and a fifth:
Seriously enamoured with these circular banquets and oversize lampshades:
YET MORE CRAZY PENDANTS OVER THE BAR, GAAAAH!
And including these trees in the decor really takes it up a notch:
Errr, lastly, this is a bit random but I always find myself wanting to take pics of the loos in really well designed bars/restos as they are (unsurprisingly) never featured in the galleries on their websites (worst offender was the Spice Market in NYC – still gutted I missed the chance to get a snap). This however is the Folly bathroom – the wallpaper inside the stalls is textural and I LOVE how it contrasts so well with the transparent tiling effects:
And lastly the most recent offering of the group is The Drift, a bar located inside Heron Tower in the City.
Ok ok, I think you might guess what I’d like to draw your attention to in this photo:
They are total gobsmackers, no?!
So I’ve only actually frequented two of these so far, think I may need to do the rounds next week… They’re also opening two new bars in 2013, so watch this space!