Next to London’s Victoria station, The Soak is the latest arrival on Victoria’s growing bar and restaurant scene, with a menu that is built around signature soaked flavours through fermenting, pickling, brining and steeping techniques.
The design and interiors of the space nod to the charming style and atmosphere of historic all-day convivial Parisian bistros.
The grandeur of the space, with its tall arched windows and high ceilings, inherits its history from the stunning Grade II listed Victorian building that surrounds it.
The concept design at the Soak has been realised by creative agency CAB and architectural firm MAS, working alongside the senior management behind the venue.
Together they designed the space to encompass the building’s period features with a delicate leaf interior design that is reflective of the beautifully carved foliage on the exterior Victorian stonework.
The space also includes four distinct ‘zones’ to encourage guests to flow throughout different areas of the venue, which is open from morning to night, from breakfast to cocktails.
To reflect the theme of the menu and add to the atmosphere, jars of pickled fruits and vegetables will be displayed behind the central bar to demonstrate the various stages of the pickling and soaking process.
In the main restaurant the design team have used a mix of booth and table seating that are influenced by the architectural archways in the space.
These dark wood booths are lit by a series of bespoke globe pendants, supplied by R&S Robertson, that contrast beautifully with the lighter oak flooring.
The lounge naturally has a more informal feel, peppered with comfortable oversized arm chairs and sofas in complementary colours, warm and textured fabrics.
Here, guests can tuck into the signature soaked Rum Baba or sip on a pickled cocktail, surrounded by original fireplaces and acid etched mirrors that offer views of, and open up, the rest of the space.
Cavernous spaces with high ceilings and windows provide unique challenges for restaurant and bar designers.
It’s difficult to create intimate areas in such spaces. Here the designers have chosen to celebrate the existing fabric of the building, drawing attention to the ornate plasterwork of the ceilings and the diffused light from the windows.
Creative lighting and warm tones have given the space its character and make it an inviting place to visit by night.