For the last few years, it hasn’t just been the miniature bottles of shampoo we’ve been stealing from townhouse hotels, but a host of interiors styling tips, too. Leather club chairs, anglepoise lighting and oak panelling were all big hits after they became key pieces at places such as Dean Street Townhouse and the Boundary Rooms. But this year, with several big name restaurant launches having foodies flocking, we’ve realised they’re as much as about their design credentials as they are about the dishes. Heston’s Dinner in the Mandarin Oriental is too corporate, letting the focus stay firmly on the famous meat fruit, but here’s a pick of the places where style is definitely on the menu. So make sure you leave your waiters hefty tips, as you’ll surely be taking some away with you.
Off the wall: bold and beautiful wall coverings at 5 Pollen St (above)
Gilt-y as charged: Art deco goes grand at the Gilbert Scott (below)
Park life: Industrial chic at the Giraffe Bar and Grill (below)
Shabby chic: Distressed to impress at Spuntino (below)
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Pip McCormac, Guest Editor
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