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Welcome to the latest edition of Premier Hospitality.
This month we take a look at this year’s Casual Design Dining Awards’ recognising design excellence across the UK and we explore the recent renovation at K West Hotel. Our final port of call is Babaji, entrepreneur Alan Yau’s latest venture offering diners a chance to sample innovative Turkish cuisine in the buzzing London hub of Soho.
This month we find out more about this year’s Casual Design Dining Awards nominees including Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Speilburger, Spiaggia and Moo Chania.
K West Hotel & Spa has recently undergone a dramatic interior refurbishment designed to reflect its rich music heritage and history of musicians playing and staying at the hotel. The building was formerly the BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s and has seen an endless list of Rock ‘N’ Roll royalty stay, play and misbehave at K West including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bowie, The Kinks and Roxy Music to name a few.
The hotel’s revamp involves the new two-floor Studio Bar & Kitchen, and multi-functional Library Room, which will pay tribute to the site’s music heritage.
Premier Hospitality has also found out more about Babaji, Alan Yau’s newest venue located in the centre of London. Alan currently owns Wagamama, Michelin-starred Cantonese, Hakkasan, and dim-sum joint Yauatcha, Busaba Eathai chain and Naamyaa Café.
Babaji spans four levels with a large dining area on the ground floor, a larger restaurant area on the first floor and a kitchen and small dining space in the basement. Premier Hospitality caught up with David Archer, Director of Archer Humphryes Architects, to find out more about the project which is located on the corner of Wardour Street on Shaftesbury Avenue. David commented:
“We were the lead architects for this project, developed by Alan Yau and Aaya, as we have worked with Alan for 15 years. Our involvement in the scheme has seen us work closely with Alan, his team and the design team Autoban.
“Our tasks involved developing the brief, as well as overseeing and managing the planning application and planning work with the council. We also developed the special layout with Alan which has involved the removal of the entire four floors across the whole building.”
With all this and more, sit back and tuck into another helping of Premier Hospitality.