VIVI Restaurant and Bar opens at Centre Point
VIVI Restaurant and Bar has opened its doors at Centre Point, bringing sixties back with stunning interiors, flair bartending and an all-day menu of seasonal 60s inspired dishes. VIVI is operated by rhubarb – the creative team behind Sky Garden.
VIVI is divided into four unique dining zones: The Dining Room, The Gallery, the Liquid Lounge and The Bar.
Head Chef Arnaud Delannay’s signature dishes focus on bold flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients, and feature twists on the old classics such as Keen’s twice baked cheddar soufflé; Chicken Kiev and mash; Lobster Thermidor and Duck à l’orange. Desserts too go retro – think Black Forest gateaux; sherry trifle; apple and rhubarb crumble.
Creative cocktails, created in the VIVI bar, are inspired by the music and history of the 1960’s such as the Wild Honey on the Beach, a homage to The Beach Boys, and The Weeping Guitar, a toast to The Beatles.
The cocktails are paired to VIVI’s bar bites include cauliflower cheese croquettes; coronation chicken beignets; fish finger sandwiches and VIVI wagon wheels.
Designed by Gordon Young Architects Ltd, the carefully restored interior captures every essence of the era that saw one of London’s tallest skyscrapers built.
A modern colourway is paired with art deco dog tooth patterning, with polished wooden panelling offset by original listed 1960s floor tiles along The Gallery and the Liquid Lounge.
Soft gold finishes, optical art and upholstery in tones of rich teal blue and delicate blush pink bring texture and a pop of colour to the space.
Celebrating the playfulness of the time, a focal point is a statement chandelier suspended over The Dining Room.
Designed and hand built by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt specifically for the space, the plexiglass chandelier – adorned with brass fittings – mimics the popular 60s children’s construction toy, ‘PlayPlax’, and is reminiscent of 1960s Italian design, French Art Nouveau and German Bauhaus modernism.
The restaurant’s glamorous elliptical bar is bedecked with metallic tiling and a striking gold top, custom built to catch the light which floods in through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows by day; while subtle reflective spotlights create an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere during the evening.
With a range of spaces and hire options, VIVI can accommodate private bookings and events for groups large or small.
For a special dinner, book one of VIVI’s two beautiful semi-private dining spaces, separated from the main restaurant by stylish copper chain mail curtains and complete with statement low-hanging lighting.
Each space – which can seat up to 14 guests – provides an intimate dining experience with all the atmosphere of the main restaurant.
For a private dinner with a view, The Gallery’s long tables overlooking New Oxford Street can accommodate bookings for up to 64 guests. For larger events, parties and functions, exclusive hire of the full venue is available and can accommodate up to 320 people.
Centre Point has a chequered history. Constructed from 1963 to 1966 (thus the restaurant’s name VIVI), it was one of the first skyscrapers in London and signified a new optimism for the capital, however it stood empty from its completion until 1975, and was briefly occupied by housing activists in 1974. By this time it was considered an eye-sore and the immediate area around it became a haunt for drunks and down-and-outs.
Three decades on and things started to change. The areas around Charing Cross and Tottenham Court Road had started to become fashionable again, businesses were moving back into the area bringing prosperity and with it a number of new clubs and fooderies.
Centre Point was given a make-over and was suddenly in vogue. And now, with the continuing development of the roads and transport links this most central area of London is very much on the up, with Centre Point at its heart.