Restaurant Story — London, UK
It might have once been an old Victorian toilet block on London’s Tooley street, but after a meticulous overhaul by local firm Spacecraft Architects, the building is now a striking, wood-clad structure that is home to a brand new eatery by chef-of-the-moment, Tom Sellers. Interiors are by Shoreditch-based startup Raven, whose floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete floors, wooden furnishings and simple pendant lights keep things understated and elegant, while remnants of it’s former guise as a toilet block are long gone - save for the stone wall used to divide the open kitchen and restaurant. Taking inspiration from his experience at some of the world’s best restaurants (The French Laundry in the US and Noma in Copenhagen, to name but two), Sellers serves up an imaginative and slightly eccentric menu based on childhood memories. Intelligent and very British, dishes include the medieval Bread & Dripping (a lit, edible candle with bread to mop up the melted ‘wax’), beef cheek, stout and cauliflower yeast and for dessert, rhubarb and custard cream soda which is served in a school milk bottle.