Studio BG and Nina Campbell work on Groucho Club refurbishment

The Groucho Club in central London is undergoing a refurbishment which is set to complete next month.

The work will see the overhaul of the bedrooms, bathrooms, dining room and snooker room at the Soho private members’ club.

The Groucho Club managing director Margaret Levin says that, when the work ends, ‘not a tap or tile will stay the same – all will be replaced’.

Levin is working with architect Studio BG on the bathrooms and bedrooms. Studio BG started work on the project in April, according to partner Bernard Lee.
A fellow partner, Gordon Pickering, had been working with The Groucho Club on a number of projects, including back-of-house work, since 2006, while a member of practices Reardon Smith and HKR. Levin says the bathrooms will be ‘more modern’, with glass tiling and mirrors on the walls, while in the 20 bedrooms there will be wooden flooring, as well as a cream and white colour scheme.

Meanwhile, the upstairs dining room and snooker room are being refurbished by interior designer Nina Campbell.

The consultancy was appointed in April, having worked on The Groucho Club’s bar last year, according to interior designer Anja Fehling.

Fehling says the dining room scheme will use ‘golden brown tones’ and maximise the use of light from the skylight in the room. She adds that the walls will be clad with a dark fabric above a dado rail. Levin says the refurbished room will be ‘quite dramatic’, but adds that ‘Nina has adapted her style to meet The Groucho Club’.

The work is set to complete for early September, when the club will be hosting two weddings and a birthday party.

Levin says the aim of the work is to ‘maintain the style of club rooms’. He adds, ‘If you get something like this wrong, the club members will beat you up about it.’

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