Within London’s historic Royal Exchange building, this sleek espresso and cocktail bar attracts a sophisticated clientele. It continues our studio’s collaboration with Grind & Co., evolving the design language we have developed for their other locations in Shoreditch, Soho, Holborn, Covent Gardens and London Bridge. Taking cues from the building’s rich history, we worked with a local heritage architect to develop a minimalist interior that respects the site’s past. A refined materials palette combines elegant Carrara marble counters with matt brass foot rails and coat hooks. Underfoot, we restored the century-old floorboards, employing the same herringbone pattern in the marble wall tiles that line the space.
“This project presented us with a truly unique site in one of London’s most recognisable architectural treasures. It was so important that our approach and the aesthetic respected the Royal Exchange’s history.”