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Where to go in London - Devonshire Square

Friday 03rd May, 2013
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In the shadow of the Heron Tower and a short walk from the iconic glass and steel gherkin building is one of the City's most exciting developments, Devonshire Square. In this beautifully restored warehouse complex facing Liverpool Street station, a number of restaurants and bars have now opened giving customers a broad choice of cuisine, style and interiors to enjoy. And fortunately most of the venues are independent or run by small groups determined to avoid restaurant chain mentality by ensuring that each of their projects are individually designed and branded.

Anise

Once adjoining Cinnamon Kitchen, the modern Indian restaurant by executive chef Vivek Singh, Anise has re-launched as a destination cocktail bar in its own right. Anise offers 110 covers in the newly refurbished space (by Sussex firm Rory Cashin Design). New features include its own dedicated entrance, a new staircase, additional standing tables and an extended dance area. The interiors combine the historic heritage of the building and the intricacy of Indian design, with the addition of specially commissioned artwork by London-based artist Gayle Chong Kwan.

Sushinho

This is the second outpost from the team who claim to have brought Brazilian-Japanese food to London. What may appear an odd coupling is actually a unique culinary hybrid born on the streets of Rio and São Paulo. Spread over two floors, Sushinho features a ground floor restaurant complete with a ten foot long sushi bar and, on the lower ground floor, the Cutler Bar cocktail lounge and private dining room. Designers Macaulay Sinclair have added some effective touches (good lighting, two geometrically patterned feature walls, a backlit 'marble' glass bar front) but have wisely exposed and highlighted much of the inherited interior. The music; latin, Brazilian, samba, gives Sushinho a unique and buzzy atmosphere.

Old Bengal Warehouse

A series of four interlinked venues designed to accommodate a wine bar, a wine shop and two restaurants all housed within the warehouse space built in the 18th century by the East India Tea Company. It's a brick and iron built interior, tastefully re-designed by Conran & Partners, the designers for all of D&D London's portfolio of restaurants, bars and hotels. Exceptional lighting is key to the atmosphere, stripped wooden floors provide authenticity and a selection of modern and traditional seating styles provide a comfortable mix. 

Lighting

Built in the late-18th century the twelve buildings at Devonshire Square once heaved with exotic goods imported from India and the Far East. After standing empty for many years, they underwent 2 major renovation projects in the 70’s and 90’s to create office spaces but have most recently been transformed into a bustling mixed-use space of offices, shops, bars, restaurants and alfresco dining.  Speirs + Major developed a lighting scheme to create a sense of comfort in the cavernous courtyard spaces overlooked by the tall warehouses. Designer Andrew Howis of Speirs + Major commented: “We were acutely aware that the Western Courtyard is dominated by these beautiful but slightly overbearing buildings. The role we played was to create a more human scale at ground level without interfering with the fabric of the buildings.” As the courtyard was covered in a translucent ETFE roof, Speirs + Major wanted to maintain the feeling of an outdoor space. They approached acdc with an exciting challenge; to create the impression of a moonlit landscape with a lighting effect extending to the roof. A theatrical wash of blue light was applied to the roof structure to reflect the lighting effect on the ground. To achieve this dramatic effect we worked closely with Speirs + Major to devise a customised product solution based upon our Artemis LED luminaire. Artemis LED luminaires were used to provide strong colour consistency and as a low energy solution. LED was the preferred lighting solution given its lifetime and low maintenance benefits.