The Waldorf Hotel
RBS Development Company
15,000 sq ft
Fit-out, Interior Design, Refurbishment
Hospitality & Leisure, Listed Buildings & Conservation
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The Waldorf Hotel is a Grade II listed landmark forming part of a run of Edwardian buildings in London’s Aldwych. The brief to tp bennett, working in collaboration with restaurant designer David Collins, was to refurbish and sensitively update the restaurant, patisserie and bar areas of the hotel.
The restaurant, which was originally the hotel ballroom, serves around 100 covers, and has to operate as an informal breakfast venue and more formally for candle-lit dining. Features of the refurbishment included the reinstatement of wood floors and an upgrade of the lighting to create a system which subtly highlights original features and allows for mood changes to reflect the use which the space is accommodating. In the front bar the designers had to cope with obstructive internal columns – lighting and mirrors were used to expand the perception of space while reinstating the original configuration of three long, narrow spaces. Restored timber floors and metal wall panels, juxtaposed with contemporary fabrics, create a satisfying mix of the historic and the contemporary, a key theme of the entire project. The patisserie is a particularly sensitive space, small and intimate requiring careful restoration, with a new “jewel box” counter, displaying pastries by day and cocktails at night.
The project has added new lustre to this historic and well-regarded central London hotel and was completed with the hotel in full operation.