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Grand designs: Restaurants with architectural interest

Posted at 5:30 pm, June 21, 2014 in Food & Drink

Shrimpys

Want a dining experience with something extra? Here’s some architectural eating gems where you can feed your eyes and your belly…

NORTH

SHRIMPY’S
We doff our caps to the architects who turned a disused filling station into a stylish restaurant on a very tight budget. The King’s Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, N1C 4UR.  King’s Cross.

Galvin La Chapelle ©Ed Marshall

[Photo: Ed Marshall]

EAST

GALVIN LA CHAPELLE
The cathedral-like building isn’t a former chapel (the ‘la chapelle’ refers to a wine), but a one-time Victorian girls’ school. St Botolph’s Hall, 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY.  Liverpool St.

river-cafe

WEST

RIVER CAFE
Richard Rogers’s architectural practice put its ‘staff canteen’ on the map – and fuelled the minimal interior trend. Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, W6 9HA.  Hammersmith.

The Wolseley

CENTRAL

THE WOLSELEY
Before becoming a (very) grand Continental café, this Listed Italianate hall was a car showroom, then banking hall. 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EBX.  Green Park.

oxo-tower-restaurant

SOUTH

OXO TOWER BRASSERIE
The Oxo Tower is an iconic riverside landmark, home to a swanky restaurant and this only slightly more affordable brasserie. Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, SE1 9PH.  Southwark.

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