Tuesday, August 24, 2010

London Hotel

The London Hotel, part of Ben May's hospitality group, did a major renovation a few years ago to create a great, intimate pub in the heart of Paddington's chic William Street fashion precinct. 

The timber of the original bar and restaurant tables was still in good nick but needed some reviving to see them through a few more years, via biscuiting the timber planks together. Many off the shelf tables just use glue without any further strengthening, eventually leaving pub and cafe owners with dodgy tables. So they chuck otherwise perfectly good timber and metal table bases out and replace them with more off the shelf short life-span tables and go through the whole process again a few years down the track. Costly and not at all environmentally conscious.

For a percentage of that cost we biscuit the planks, sand back and respray. So part of the London job was resuscitating the restaurant tables, and the other part was designing some simple low height drinks tables for the upper storey events rooms. Manager Andrew Stanway was looking for a very simple, design which could nonetheless withstand the rigours of an excited London Hotel crowd. With hidden support the tables keep the clean look Andrew was after, but provide the necessary strength should the atmosphere reach table-dancing levels. Images courtesy The London Hotel.