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Restaurant Ours

entire plates of the same thing and want the freedom to enjoy multiple experiences in one visit. Guests also want freedom of movement within the restaurant, from enjoying arrival cocktails and a few snacks at the bar before moving to the table to eat their main meal. Restaurants in 2017 need to reflect this and offer a beautiful bar experience as well as an engaging dining space.” So says one of London’s most insightful and up to the minute designers, Shaun Clarkson. He could so easily have been talking about Restaurant Ours, the (relatively) new Kensington restaurant that opened on the Brompton Road on the site once occupied by the Collection. Ours is not just a restaurant, it’s an experience. A meeting place for beautiful young things. A place to see and be seen, but above all it’s a place for those who appreciate great quality food and wine as much as they enjoy a lively atmosphere. Tose who fondly remember Te Collection

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will be pleased to know that the entrance, designed by Norman Foster, remains: a wonderful light-filled curved corridor that provides guests with a feeling that they’re arriving somewhere very special. Entering the main restaurant and bar provides even more excitement. Tis huge and cavernous ex-factory warehouse is one of the most dramatic venues in London, large enough to accommodate three striking trees, which stand over the central bar and ground floor dining area. Tere is a triple height ‘living wall’ to one end and an open kitchen to the other. Michelin starred chef and venue director Tom Sellers runs the kitchen with military precision; dish after dish of delicious seasonal fare files out to the obvious delight of diners. Tere is a sense of theatre in the service and the waiting staff take great pride in talking through the ingredients and interacting with guests. Te lighting throughout is designed to add drama and warmth. Te trees and living wall are creatively lit with a combination of up-lighting and fairy lights. Twinkling branches cast long shadows that dance against the internal bare brick walls and glass ceiling. Tere is a mezzanine which provides additional space for drinking

and snacking. A mix of leather and brushed velvet chairs and sofas are arranged in clusters around the first floor cocktail bar, separated by a variety of potted tropical plants and small trees that benefit from atmospheric lighting. It’s fun to watch the mixologists at work but better still to peer over the balcony and take in the buzz and bustle below. If Shaun Clarkson’s prediction for 2017 is right, then Restaurant Ours is in for a bumper year. Restaurant Ours, 264 Brompton Road, London SW3. Tel: +44 (0)207 100 2200

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