Mackenzie Wheeler’s restaurant set to open

The Commander – a restaurant, florist, butcher and farmer’s market in one – opens in west London’s Notting Hill on Friday, designed by Mackenzie Wheeler.



The Commander – a restaurant, florist, butcher and farmer’s market in one – opens in west London’s Notting Hill on Friday, designed by Mackenzie Wheeler.


The 25-strong architecture and interior design group was appointed in August last year to transform The Commander from a bar to a North African restaurant, oyster bar, 60-seat bistro and delicatessen.


As part of the transformation, a former beer garden has become a courtyard where independent suppliers including The Ginger Pig and florist Hayford & Rhodes will trade.


With a look inspired by brasserie-style restaurants and bars, the 260m2 space features a range of interlinked areas and an open-fronted kitchen.


Mahogany, tile, leather and zinc are among the main materials used for the interior, with muted natural tones on the walls.


The Commander was previously a Slug and Lettuce pub, which Mackenzie Wheeler partner Rupert Wheeler describes as ‘aimed at a young demographic, whereas now the venue is aimed at the local residents and businesspeople, whether they are looking for a place to eat breakfast or a private function room to host a business meeting’.

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