In the age of Instagram, picture-perfect interiors don’t stop at the bathroom door. From the Swarovski-encrusted walls of Sketch to the golden swan taps of Park Chinois, much of the city’s most snap-worthy décor can be found within restaurant loos. Whether you’re a bathroom selfie addict or just love a pretty powder room, we bring you the most Instagrammable bathrooms in town…
Part restaurant complex, part hotel, part private members’ club, The Ned has established itself as one of the capital’s hottest hangouts since opening in 2017. Jazz Age, Gatsby-esque interiors run throughout, including the aesthetically-pleasing ground floor bathrooms. Reminiscent of a 1920s New York penthouse, they feature black and white checkered floors alongside the centerpiece: a three-person velvet kissing seat. Perch here for a gossip – and a quick photo, naturally.
Enter a dazzling hall of mirrors in the bathrooms of Ottolenghi’s flagship restaurant Nopi. Every surface is panelled with glass, set at different angles to create the effect of reflecting to infinity. This layout has proved slightly confusing though, prompting the Nopi team to add directions to help guests manoeuvre their way around.
We have London-based designer Martin Brudnizki to thank for the interior dream that is Annabel’s. The iconic members club re-opened last year following a revamp, with a glitzy new design theme which draws on surrealism and eccentricity – Brudnizki describes it as ‘like falling down the rabbit hole.’ Everything there is picture-perfect, but the bathrooms are particularly noteworthy, complete with floral wallpaper, pink onyx shell shaped sinks with gold swan-shaped faucets, marble flooring and a pink silk rose ceiling.
The egg loos at Sketch win the prize for London’s most famous bathroom – perhaps even the world’s. Futuristic egg pods sit beneath a rainbow-tiled ceiling in a space-ace landscape just waiting to be photographed.
Lesser known, however, is the Swarovski-encrusted bathroom found on the way to the Michelin-starred Lecture Room. Unlike the bright white of the pods, here you’re enveloped in darkness – save for the glistening crystals. Even the loo roll hangs from a sparkling chain!
With its lavish décor and late-night revelry, Park Chinois transports diners back to the supper clubs of 1930s Shanghai – with a touch of Moulin Rouge. It sits in prime Mayfair territory, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sexy Fish and Novikov – both of which it more than meets on opulence. The loos are equally decadent: think sultry lighting, rich gold interiors, candle flame light bulbs, washbasins adorned with Chinese-style art and gold swan taps.
Perched atop The Novotel in Canary Wharf, Bokan offers jaw-dropping views of the capital from just about every angle – including from the loos, which boast floor-to-ceiling windows. A ‘Loo with a view’ caption springs to mind…
Another Martin Brudnizki gem, Selfridges’ all-day restaurant Brasserie of Light was one of the most talked about openings of 2018 – and likely one of the most photographed too. The centrepiece of the restaurant is a crystal-encrusted statue of Pegasus by Damien Hirst, but equally Instagrammable are the bathrooms, clad head-to-toe in pink marble.
One of London’s most fashionable hotels, it’s no surprise The Mandrake has Instagram-worthy loos. Sultry and dimly lit with a light fixture dominating the space, the bathrooms here reflect the hedonistic, surrealist interiors seen throughout the hotel.
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