If you’re a devoted foodie who also loves indulging in the arts, you might be inspired to spend an evening combining the two at a restaurant destined for art lovers. From exhibition-inspired menus at The Tate to David Shringley’s satirical works at Sketch, d elight in London’s eclectic array of artsy restaurants with our guide to the best in town…
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Sketch – Reopening 17 July
Possibly one of the most illustrious ‘artsy’ restaurants London has to offer, Sketch is a one-of-a-kind. From its playful David Shrigley wall hangings in the Gallery, to the renowned egg-pod toilets and ‘landscape’ floor by Alexandra Kehayoglou in The Glade, this quirky restaurant-come-gallery provides a feast for the eyes as much as it does the stomach.
Rex Whistler, Tate Britain – Reopening 27 July
Where better to go for an art-inspired dining experience than the hub of British art? The Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler – branded as ‘the most amusing room in Europe’ upon its opening in 1927 – features a stunning mural painted by British artist Rex Whistler, enveloping the restaurant in fanciful imagery and golden sunset hues.
Old Compton Brasserie – Now Open
Featuring award-winning curative cocktails, delicious British dishes and expressive bespoke artworks adorning the exposed brick walls, this eclectic Soho brasserie is an edgy art-lovers paradise. From street art and pop paintings to authentic works incorporated within the menus, there is plenty to be admired and explored whilst dining at this eccentric restaurant.
Charlie’s at Brown’s Hotel – Now Open
With Michelin-starred chef Adam Byatt at the helm of this sophisticated Mayfair restaurant, you’re ensured a dining experience just as fantastic as the artworks displayed. Dine on Regal oysters while surrounded by tropical and wood panelled walls, where you’ll also find an array of multi-hued collage-style artworks from Icelandic artist Kristjana S Williams.
Nobu, Old Park Lane – Reopening 8 July
Famed for its fantastic Japanese-Peruvian influence dishes, Nobu is also a great place to venture if you’re looking to see some art. The Old Park Lane branch regularly hosts a series of exhibitions, in which the works of painter and sculptor
Grant Foster were recently displayed. W1, noburestaurants.com
Cambridge Street Kitchen – Temporarily Closed
Part of Pimlico’s vibrant Artist Residence London Hotel, it is no wonder that Cambridge Street Kitchen showcases an array of eclectic artworks, each handpicked from an array of art fairs, galleries and curators. Comprising of a cosy cocktail cellar, club room and terrace, the colourful café serves up delicious brunch to lunch and dinner-style dishes among its ever-changing artsy interiors.
Partridges Café, Sloane Square – Temporarily Closed
Grocer to the Queen and renowned for its high-quality artisan food, Partridges is a treasure-trove for both foodies and artists alike. The Sloane Square branch café regularly hosts month-long art exhibitions, dedicating its back wall to the works of local and emerging artists, and has exhibited the likes of John Stoddart, Jean Kegel and Hilary McLaren Tipping over the past three years.
Photo: Jean Kegel for Partridges Café Exhibition
Level 9, Tate Modern Restaurant – Reopening 27 July
This sky-high contemporary restaurant is where you’ll find the Tate Modern’s inventive exhibition menus. Delight in delectable art-inspired treats, such as organic and seasonal dishes influenced by the tenor of artist Olafur Eliasson’s studio, while enjoying breathtaking views overlooking St Pauls and The Shard. Don’t miss Jon Atashroo’s upcoming Andy Warhol exhibition-inspired menu, available in the Level 9 Restaurant from 12 March 2020.
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