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restaurant although a crucial part of the brief was the importance of linking the restaurant to the cultural heritage of the Barbican centre, demonstrating an appreciation for the arts, theatre and food, and creating an area reserved as an exhibiting space for artists. To capture the essence of theatre, the art of charcuterie was introduced, together with an exclusive chef’s table to add additional drama. A vintage meat slicer takes centre stage within the restaurant, teamed with hand-crafted statement pieces of furniture to represent the importance of art within the interior design. Spalted beech table tops feature with a bespoke carpet, embellished with flecks of purple, to


imitate the rich colour palette of the restaurant, brought together by the contrasting piping detail on the seating. Te use of lighter herringbone flooring, together with hints of warm gold tones and flashes of pattern through fabrics has increased the illusion of space in the bar area. To connect the design with the building’s structural nature, CDG integrated subtle touches of brass and metallic finishes through fixtures and fittings, such as table bases, trims, light fittings and fabrics. Osteria, barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2. Tel: +44 (0)207 7723 8080

atering Design Group has completed a second dramatic transformation for Searcys at Te Barbican Centre in London, across front and back of house. Having worked on the Bonfire brand last October, CDG was commissioned to showcase the humble bistronomy style of ‘Osteria’ a new Italian restaurant, created in association with Anthony Demetre, acclaimed Chef Patron of Arbutus and Wild Honey.

Located on Level 2, within the grade II listed building, Osteria has been created as a destination

White Horse T

hose visiting the White Horse in the City of London for the first time may be initially surprised. Te name evokes an image of an old pub, tucked away on a cobblestone

side street, with uneven wood floors and Tudor- style bay windows. Or even a grander Victorian pub with ornate plaster roses on high ceilings and a large and solid polished oak bar. Actually, the White Horse is housed within a glass and steel framed modern office block on Exchange Square, a part of the Broadgate development, alongside Liverpool Street Station. It has been refurbished by operators, Geronimo Inns, to provide some elements of a traditional pub’s decor (deep blue wall tiles, heavy wooden furniture) but the space is open, bright and airy and obviously modern. Tat said, it is an open all day venue targeting modern City workers, enticing them with great beers and wines and exceptional pub food. In that respect, it couldn’t be better. Geronimo Inns are the masters at developing venues that are popular with their local clientele and regardless of the buildings they occupy they always manage to create a warm and friendly welcoming atmosphere. Te White Horse serves modern British dishes, in keeping with Geronimo’s ethos of focusing on native produce, and the quality of the food astounding. As far as pub grub is concerned, you won’t find better in London. The White Horse, Exchange Square, Appold Street, London EC2. (open Monday-Friday only) Tel +44 (0)20 7377 9958

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