Brasserie Zédel — London, UK
Once the Regent Palace Hotel, this distinguished century-old building boasted one of London’s most celebrated Art Deco interiors. Reinvigorated in the 1930s by West End stage set designer Oliver Bernard, the timber veneer, gold-leaf detailing and marble and mirrored elements brought back the glamour of that era. Now, after another restoration during which each item was removed and repaired by artisan craftsmen, the interior is back to its former glory - and home to a new restaurant by the duo behind the Wolseley and the Delaunay. Inspired by the grand cafés of Paris, Brasserie Zédel, along with its cocktail and jazz bar, offers French classics from the must-have steak frites to escargot and crème brûlée. The kitchen is managed by the great chef David Collard; interiors are by David Collins Studio in association with architecture practice Donald Insall Associates.