“As destination venues go, this one takes some beating. It's not a room for City boys out for a fat lunch; more somewhere a Barbara Pym character might have lunch with her favourite curate.”
Our brief: to design a new café and restaurant in the Crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral. Remodelling the existing spaces of this Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument required close liaison with the Surveyor of the Fabric and the Clerk of Works to the Cathedral.
A new mezzanine level was created to harmonise the various existing levels. Signage was rationalised down to a succinct, coherent and informative description of the café and restaurant offer. A painted screen was installed to mask kitchen activity, though still allowing partial views in from the restaurant. Oak furniture, rush and tweed upholstery and 17th Century replica artworks were carefully selected to underpin the ‘Best of British’ theme.
A timeless, sensitive solution results in the Restaurant and Café working better and attracting new clientele.
JWA embraced the design challenge to create a series of theatrical spaces. The team was appointed to monitor the base build and…
JWA is a dedicated team of architects working with James Wells. Based in West Sussex we design for new build homes, extensions, barn conversions and orchestrate plans for historically important listed buildings to work in the 21st Century. Our sister practice James Wells Commercial handles design for commercial projects including hotels, bars, restaurants and offices.