Designed by Fusion Design and Architecture Ltd, The Happenstance is the latest site to open from privately owned bar group Drake & Morgan.
The 231-cover venue opened in June 2013 in the newly developed No.1 St. Paul’s Churchyard and overlooks St. Paul’s Cathedral. The 7,937 square foot venue boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, offering abundant natural light and is carefully divided into flexible areas, which includes a bar, dining area, private dining room, and deli with mixology table and florist.
Drake & Morgan Managing Director, Jillian MacLean, said:
“I’m delighted to be launching our sixth site, The Happenstance, which brings a fresh new concept to the area. Design inspiration has been taken from recent research trips to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, and we’ll continue striving to provide excellent food, drinks and service.”
The design of The Happenstance combines an industrial backdrop with luxurious furnishings and feminine touches resulting in an elegant and impressive interior. A sleek and striking look is achieved in the bar area, with painted exposed brickwork and urban concrete, set against contemporary lighting and bold patterns.
Tall industrial style metal tables sit alongside softer upholstered lounge seating, whilst a distressed display unit exhibits an extensive range of champagne, wines and spirits. A full height steel and glazed screen envelopes the monochrome tiled deli and florist, which offers fresh breads, cured hams and cheeses from Borough Market producers, as well as a mixology table.
Additional features of The Happenstance include reclaimed timber flooring and pendant lighting, whilst stylish touches in the dining area create a sophisticated feel, by combining a mixture of wood, steel, fibreglass and leather furniture.
The subterranean floor features a private dining room seating up to 32 or 60 standing. Golden mosaic tiled vaults with hanging plant pots, a 1950s-style kitchen and oversized Anglepoise lights work together to create a glamorous setting for parties and events.
An open plan kitchen showcases everything from preparation to service, with stools at one end allowing diners to watch the chefs in action.
The Happenstance’s menu champions seasonal produce, with dishes ranging from morning brunch and light lunches to sharing plates and mains. An extensive wine list sits alongside premium spirits, beers and innovative cocktails, including ‘skinny’ concoctions and funfair inspired tipples.
Open from 7.30am until late Monday to Friday and from 10am on Saturday and Sunday, The Happenstance is an all day destination venue, with the average price per head starting at £20. For more information on The Happenstance, please visit: www.thehappenstancebar.co.uk.