Oliver Peyton, the restaurant guru behind London venues Mash and Isola, is opening a unisex, members-only club in London’s Lothbury [Street] in November, with interiors created by designer Solange Azagury-Partridge.
The Lothbury Club will house a Refinery concession, which is a men’s and women’s grooming salon created by ex-Minale Tattersfield designer Simon Simpson, who set up Simpson Design Associates.
Situated next to the Bank of England, the Lothbury will incorporate a bar, two restaurants, meeting rooms and a smoking den, which will be arranged over five floors.
Peyton’s Gruppo project manager Tom Davies says that the interiors aim to marry the splendour of the restored Grade II listed building with a contemporary feel. “It is aimed predominantly at a media and city crowd,” he says.
Interior designer Solange Azagury-Partridge, who collaborated with Peyton on the Admiralty restaurant in London’s Somerset House, says the look will be “rich boy’s pad” without alienating women.
“Women usually don’t like overly feminine interiors,” she adds. “The interiors will be masculine but cosy.”
The Refinery concession will include separate male and female facilities, says SDA director Simpson. It will offer manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and body wraps, plus other treatments.
“The brief from the Refinery was very clear – a comfortable male environment without alienating women,” he adds.