The Breakfast Club is an imaginative collection of cafes dotted throughout London, and recently Brighton, taking inspiration from the 1980s and throwing in a number of different era-influences along the way.
BC’s latest arrival, the brand’s seventh café, is located the middle of the new Crossrail hub in Canary Wharf and is by far the largest yet.
The venue, which opened in May this year, offers an interesting break from the norm comprising an array of impressive features including The Duchess fast food outlet, retro arcade games, a two metre-wide custom made disco ball hanging proudly in the entrance as a giveaway that this is a party venue, and a secret doorway.
The venue also features The Breakfast Club logo, which has been lit and wrapped around the impressive disco ball in a Daily Planet-style fashion. A rusted fire escape staircase has also been fitted at the front of the venue and acts as a focal space.
A vibrant, gold, glittery stage has been erected in the working men’s club on the first floor and a barrel vaulted, timber ceiling has been fitted, with gaps, to allow for the air conditioning.
The venue’s interior design has been inspired by the brand’s love of Northern Soul and the Wigan Casino and is equipped for the latest in live music, DJ nights as well as relaxed facilities for their all-day, all-you-can-drink Sunday brunch parties.
The venue also comprises Doctor Kluger’s Olde Towne Tavern serving the best Draft Beers, bottled lagers, ciders and cocktails around, as well as a selection of nibbles often required mid-way through a drinking session.
The Duchess – the venue’s fast food joint – offers those in a hurry the chance to sample The Breakfast Club’s menu by offering delicious dishes on an express basis. Dishes include Club Classics such as the Breakfast Burrito served complete with chorizo, egg, peppers, guacamole, sour cream and hot pepper sauce and the mouth-watering Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Finch Interiors acted as the interior design architect on the scheme and Embassy Shopfitter acted as the fit-out contractor. Finch Interiors have worked on all of The Breakfast Club venues apart from the original Soho branch, so have established a longstanding working relationship with the brand. Finch Interiors is an independent interior design agency which specialises in creating unique, distinctive bars and restaurants which inspire and engage with clients and customers alike.
Sophie Finch, Creative Director, of Finch Interiors commented:
“Jonathan and Ali, the clients, are like family to me and we have become very close since working together on The Breakfast Club. Working on Canary Wharf has been a highlight of my career as it involved combining three different concepts in one large venue. Including the client, we have a fantastic project team and as a result were able to create an environment that pushes conceptual boundaries and a memorable experience.”
For more information on The Breakfast Club or to find out further information on all the sites within the portfolio, please visit: www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com.
Embassy Joinery & Refurbishment Ltd
Launched in 2014, Embassy Joinery & Refurbishment Ltd is the new name for veteran leisure industry contractors Embassy Bar and Shopfitters, which had nearly three decades of experience completing a vast range of projects to an incredibly high standard.
Now led by former senior personnel Simon Parry, Nick Farnsworth and Andrew Parry, this highly experienced management team was central to the former company’s success.
Although primarily a refurbishment and fit-out firm, the company’s experience ranges from acting as main contractors on numerous major commercial projects ranging from restaurants, libraries, bowling alleys and nightclubs, through to multi-million pound private home renovations. It also has a state-of-the-art joinery workshop at its Shropshire base that supplies bespoke work for both its own sites and standalone projects.
Working with the leisure industry’s leading architects and designers, Embassy’s ability to bring in high-quality projects both on time and on budget, and with an incomparable attention to detail and service means the company has a high level of repeat business both with clients and designers.
As the newly formed Embassy this was the company’s first large scale project and as challenging as it was at times, it gave the team great satisfaction to deliver the new Canary Wharf Breakfast Club right on time for the May 1st opening.