Interior design studio, BradyWilliams, has revealed the design of the much-anticipated ‘brasserie for the 21st century ‘in collaboration with Leonid Shutov – the owner of sibling restaurant and Soho institution, Bob Bob Ricard.
Set in the landmark Leadenhall Building by acclaimed architects Rogers Stark Harbour + Partners, Bob Bob Cité is the only premium restaurant space in the development and is suspended 30m above the atrium.
The main restaurant is comprised of a striking blue and red room with 264 covers, alongside three private dining rooms each hosting eighteen guests.
With costs estimated to be in the region of £25million, the property combines the very best in craftsmanship and materials.
In the largest single project ever undertaken by Warwickshire-based, family-owned specialist joiners Stan Tarver, the rosewood marquetry panelling for all walls and ceilings has been crafted off-site and installed as complete pieces to ensure a level of precision that cannot be achieved with on-site fabrication.
Royal warrant-holders Dernier & Hamlyn have created the eight hundred-plus bespoke light fittings, twenty-four of them chandeliers, requiring in total over one thousand two hundred light bulbs.
The now famous and instantly recognisable ‘Press for Champagne’ button is back but this time with a contemporary and French twist, ‘Pressez pour le Champagne’. In an ode to its location in the City of London, tickertape wraps not only the façade of the restaurant but also internally in all dining rooms. When ‘Pressez pour le Champagne’ is activated, the table number is illuminated throughout the space.
“Bob Bob Cité is an iconic forward-thinking design aesthetic, a true collaboration with Leonid Shutov, creating a space that will change the way that people think about restaurant design; where ultra-camp meets ultra-luxury,” comments Shayne Brady, co-founder of BradyWilliams.