A Weekend in London's Hottest Designer Spaces

A Weekend in London's Hottest Designer Spaces

Leisure is a verb to most Londoners. Almost everyone has a secret hangout (or more) reserved for their weekend endeavours. As lovers of stylish interiors, we are always on the lookout for character-imbued venues which turn our head. Here is a guide to visiting our favourite designers’ signature spaces in one day.

11:00am - The Academicians’ Room

Begin your journey with a cuppa at the Royal Academy of Art. Dynamic and casual, Martin Brundnizki pulled off a club room that echoes the RA’s artistic identity, and provides a backdrop to music, drawing and social sessions. The rich history of the space is well matched by Paolo Buffa’s armchairs, Mamluk rugs and other Mid-Century furniture pieces. It’s open to members only but for good reasons – to maintain the sense of intimacy.

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Martin Brudnizki excelled in creating a space to triggers creative conversations and makes visitors feel inspired for the rest of the day. (The Royal Academy of Art)

2:35pm - Sketch

Tea time at Sketch is an otherworldly experience to say the least. The gallery space designed by India Mahdavi – her immersive use of Millennial Pink predates all the rage on the internet – transports guests to Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, in which they play a part of the see-and-be-seen spectacle. Put on your most flamboyant outfit, get comfortable in the velvet seat and enjoy the ride.

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A natural favourite on instagram, the whimsical feeling of Sketch is amplified by the comical drawings by David Shrigley. (Urbanpixxels)

6:00pm - The Castle Cinema

This century-old Hackney cinema enjoys a return to form under the hands of Asher Charman and Danielle Swift, literally. The duo crowdfunded, sourced antique chairs and cracked on with the renovation work. The result is dashing with an independent vibe. The arched ceiling and classical details in the theatre make for a unique viewing experience. Grab a drink at the Art-Deco-meets-Modernist bar before hitting the big screen.

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Give yourself ample time to explore The Castle’s beautiful interior and off-cinema offerings, including an art gallery and a bar and restaurant. (The Castle Cinema)

8:40pm - Grind Clerkenwell

It’s as much about feasting the eye as filling the belly to dine in Grind, thanks to the plush interior by Australian firm Biasol. The restaurant plays up contrasting elements: Mid-Century glam in a 1870s warehouse of heritage status, bold ultramarine tones against subdued ochre and pale pink, soft velvet seating juxtaposed with sleek marble counter and brass lamps, and to top it off, a mishmash of culinary delights from quinoa salad to flat iron steak.

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Nostalgic and electric, Grind nicely blends into the surroundings of Clerkenwell which prioritises good design. (Grind)

11:45pm - Dandelyan

Opening till 2am between Thursday and Saturday, this uber-chic spot at the Mondrian Hotel is surely a satisfying finish to a fruitful day. Tom Dixon gives the space a strong Mid-Century Modern identity through the green marble bar and leather banquettes, while World’s Best Bartender 2015 Mr. Lyan serves up inventive concoctions. We love to unwind overlooking the night views of the Thames, with cocktail in hand, so will you.

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Dandelyan’s theatricality radiates through glamorous furniture and an eye-catching counter where the mixologists are seen in action. (Timeout)
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