Design Inspiration - Most Beautiful Restaurants - Micro, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large

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When you last dined out in a restaurant, did you notice how the architecture and interiors of the restaurant played a part in your dining experience? From spatial planning of the restaurant, an example of one that really stands out to me is a table's proximity to the restaurant's entrance on a cold and windy winter day, or the choice of colour scheme which may or may not be appetising, to the choice of furniture that you will dine on for hours. These elements are small but play a part in your experience. We look at some restaurant projects, which architecture practice or design studios the restaurant owners worked with to realise some of the most beautiful restaurants in London, categorized by size - micro, small, medium, large and extra large.



Humble Pizza

This plant-bazed pizzeria on King's Road is clad in wall-to-wall dusty pink colour palette. The designers Child Studio utilised simple materials and decorated the space with details such as these old school newspaper holder and unique mid-century lighting, drawing interesting details to see in every corner of the small space.

Image by Child Studio

Location: Humble Pizza, 342 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR



Lina Stores

The famed Lina Stores' new opening in King's Cross may be one of the most beautiful spaces to have simple yet delicious pasta in London. Dressed in its trademark green shade, the new space combines retro Italian design characteristics with a minimal palette for 100-cover. The space was realised in collaboration with Red Deer.

Image by Lina Stores

Image by Red Deer

Location: Lina Stores King’s Cross Restaurant & Deli, 20 Stable Street, London N1C 4DR




From the restaurant's façade, the unassuming green tiles coupled with the curtains make you wonder what's inside. Upon stepping in, the dark timber floors, calacatta stone bar, and leather banquettes form a warm and understated atmosphere to this 124-cover restaurant. The design of the restaurant was inspired by 1950s art deco Italian graphic design and typography.

Image by Luca

Location: Luca, 88 St John St, Farringdon, London EC1M 4EH



The Wolseley

Set in a 1920s car showrooms, this 150-cover all-day brasserie is still an old classic with its grand ceiling height and sleek leather banquettes. The space has a formal quality without being stuffy, the waiting staff is also a pleasure to watch over a morning breakfast service. The space was realised by the team at David Collins Studio.

Image by David Collins Studio

Location: The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB


Extra Large

Circolo Popolare

With twenty-thousand bottles lining the wall of this Sicilian restaurant in Fitzrovia, plus the ultra photogenic ceiling with greens, wisteria and fairy lights, this 280 plus 60 outdoor covers restaurant is permanently buzzing with customers. The design inspiration of this restaurant is to transport you to the Sicilian coast, and every inch of the space is decorated to evoke that atmosphere.

Image by Big Mamma Group

Location: Circolo Popolare, 40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX


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Yvonne Chua, Architect | 28 January 2020

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