Situated in St John’s Square, Farringdon, Clerkenwell & Social is a brand new cocktail bar from hospitality specialists, The Marylebone Leisure Group.
Clerkenwell & Social has been designed for the non-conformist clientele and serves up delicious cocktails and artisan Italian food in literary inspired surroundings.
The bar – which replaces The Bear – is split across two levels and opened to punters in June 2015. Clerkenwell & Social is the sixth bar to open from Ben Avigdori and Lawrence Santi, the owners of The Marylebone Leisure Group and joins The Marylebone, The Princess of Wales, Bar Italia, Nonna Rosa, and Barsmith to round out the group’s profile.
Style Contracts provided the interior design work on Clerkenwell & Social, starting on the project in March 2015. Style Contracts work on many prestigious projects in the leisure and hospitality sector, with past works including Hampton Manor in Birmingham, The West Park Hotel in Harrogate Stray and 1539 at Chester Racecourse to name but a few.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality about their involvement with Clerkenwell & Social as well as how they approached the venue’s design, Style Contracts’ Design Director, Katie McCarthy, said:
“Through our sister company Style Matters we have been building up a relationship with Marylebone Leisure and their Sales Director, Claire Fox, regarding the supply of furniture. A conversation arose about The Bear and we became aware that they were looking for someone to design their new purchase.
“Ben Avigdori & I met, he liked me, he liked the company profile & portfolio and the design brief came out really easily through our initial time together.”
“In terms of the design brief, we were given a completely open book. They really wanted a new identity, a new name and look, so we conducted some local research, undertook some case studies and Clerkenwell & Social was born from our first design proposal.”
Clerkenwell & Social’s design has been heavily influenced by the printing history of Clerkenwell and features key touches such as printing equipment, letter blocks, vintage letterpress trays and antique typewriters. The writing equipment adds a sense of history and character to the venue, whilst literary quotes have been incorporated in the design to create a non-conformist vibe, inviting discussion and social interaction amongst the venue’s guests.
Clerkenwell & Social utilises a dark, yet warm colour palette which is explored throughout the floor and ceilings, whilst dashes of colour have been added via the wallpaper and furniture details in order to create an ethereal landscape. Additional highlights include a feature drawer and a book wall art installation which was designed and manufactured specifically for use in this venue.
The bar, meanwhile, includes an interesting mix of materials, from readed glass and blackened steel to brass rivets, black stained wood and a brass bar top. Apothecary bottles and old books accessorise the shelves of the back bar, imitating the library of an apothecary and enhancing the overall design theme.
In order to present the perfect atmosphere, the design of Clerkenwell & Social pays close attention to lighting, with a range of imaginative light fittings and fixtures incorporated into the venue, adding a unique touch throughout. The lights not only add additional elements of character to the bar, but also set the mood.
Working on Clerkenwell & Social has been an important project for Style Contracts and one which the team have truly valued being involved with.
“Every client is incredibly important to us, however we feel very grateful to be a part of Ben & Lawrence’s team, creating their design vision in line with their unique views.”
For more information about The Marylebone Leisure Group, please visit: www.mlglondon.com.