From David Waddington and Pablo Flack, the men who brought Bistrotheque to London, comes Shrimpy’s, a Palm Springs-by-way-of-Mexico-themed restaurant housed in the old BP gas station in King’s Cross. Redesigned by the London architecture firm Carmody Groarke, this garage replicates an Ed Ruscha painting. Positioned along a canal, Shrimpy’s serves a modern take on classic dishes, such as soft shell crab burgers, and Waddington’s tropical cocktails.
Shrimpy’s, King’s Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London, N1C 4UR, +44-208-880-6111, shrimpys.co.uk
Shoreditch’s Tramshed is celebrity chef Mark Hix’s latest venture. As with his other restaurants, such as Oyster and Chop House, Tramshed’s menu has a clear food focus: chicken and steak. Driving home that theme is a piece of work by none other than Damien Hirst. Called “2012,” it’s a cow and a cockerel suspended in formaldehyde that hangs from the ceiling.
Tramshed, 32 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3LX, +44-207-749-0478,chickenandsteak.co.uk
WASH, CUT AND SUPERDRY
The Japanese-inspired British brand Superdry has opened a barbershop inside its Regent Street flagship. Run by the funky Soho hair salon Tommy Guns, it features original Thirties chairs and lots of “Bugsy Malone” touches.
— TINA BARAGA
Superdry International, 103/113 Regent Street, London, W1B 4HL +44-207-440-5100, superdry.com
DESIGNS ON DORSET
The Dorset Square Hotel in Marylebone opens on June 18, with 38 individually designed rooms bearing the bold colors, textures and bespoke pieces characteristic of owners Tim and Kit Kemp’s signature style. It’s a must for cricket fans, as many of the rooms at this Regency townhouse — the latest member of the Kemps’ Firmdale Hotels group — overlook leafy Dorset Square, which was cricketing legend Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground.
Dorset Square Hotel, 39-40 Dorset Square, London, NW1 6QN +44-207-723-7874, firmdalehotels.com
The Bulgari Hotel & Residences has opened its latest outpost in London’s Knightsbridge, right near Harvey Nichols and Harrods. It offers 85 rooms and suites as well as a 25-meter pool and Bulgari Spa. Head chef Robbie Pepin draws on classic Italian gastronomic traditions for his menu at Il Ristorante.
The Bulgari Hotel & Residences, 171 Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW, +44-207-151-1010, bulgarihotels.com
“Stadia: Sport and Vision in Architecture” opens at Sir John Soane’s Museum in time for the Olympics. The museum will inaugurate its new galleries with the first-ever exhibition to explore what made stadia such inspirational spaces, and looks at venues ranging from the ancient arenas at Olympia in Greece and the sloped piazza where the Palio di Siena takes place each year, to the London 2012 stadium at Stratford.
Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP, +44-207-405-2107, soane.org
Two of Britain’s luxury names have come together to create the Winner Sport, an ultralightweight driving shoe. Codesigned by Aston Martin’s director of design Marek Reichman and John Lobb’s creative director Andrés Hernández, the sleek shoe is made from full-grain calfskin and is lined with sheepskin. It comes in eight colors, with prices starting at $754.
John Lobb, 88 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6JD, +44-207-930-8089, johnlobb.com
May 30, 2012
London Calling: The Scene
A compilation of the best places to see and be seen while attending the inaugural Men’s Fashion Week in June.
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