Six Storeys on Soho
Opened in November last year, Six Storeys on Soho is a bar, restaurant and events townhouse set in the heart of London’s Soho.
Six Storeys is a truly unique offering as a semi-private events space that has various bars and restaurants available to hire over six floors of a London townhouse with a basement kitchen. As one of Camm & Hooper’s latest London event spaces, it is a unique and decadent venue that caters for the most stylish of events. Camm & Hooper are one of London’s leading events and hospitality groups that transform iconic London buildings such as a Victorian bathhouse, a 1930s Art Deco bank and a former tannery into truly innovative spaces fit for almost any event.
“What really captured our imagination was the potential to do six different concepts within the one house,” commented Claire Lawson, Managing Director at Camm & Hooper.
Opened fully to the public in January of this year, the design concept draws from the history of the area it sits in. “The design brief was to create an intimate, private members-style environment. We drew from the illustrious and sometimes infamous history of Soho Square. In particular, the design was inspired by ‘The Society,’ London’s first and possibly most decadent private member’s club and ‘The White House’, an intoxicating labyrinthine den of vice, both of which were located on Soho Square in the late 18th Century,” commented Russell Sage, Senior Designer at Russell Sage Studio and Lead Designer on this project.
“The design seeks to pay homage to Soho’s perennial spirit of ‘joie de vivre’, from the 1780s to the 1980s, creating a town-house which captures this essence in a miniaturised form. The interiors take inspiration from a variety of design styles including Baroque, Victorian and Edwardian influences, all fused with the vibrancy of the 1980s Club Kids movement.”
As it is a London townhouse Russell Sage worked with main contractors, 3 Interior Contracts Limited, to make changes in order for it to be more accessible for guests. There are two staircases in use, with the central staircase extended from the third floor to the fourth floor. Providing access from the entrance of the ground floor to all the upper floors is the rear staircase with a small lift reinstated to improve accessibility.
“The ground and first floors are accessible to the public as a bar and lounge space, with the upper floors available to be reserved separately or collectively for functions. The size of the building also allows for the entire house to be reserved for a single function. The idea is that guests have a self-contained environment which they can fully control should they desire. Even the credenza-style bars on each floor can be stocked for guests to access directly,” added Russell.
Painted timber panelling, textured and pattered wallpapers and rich damask fabrics and velvets create an environment ideal for intimate dinners and events. Inspired by Thomas Chippendale and his 18th Century designs for the original Soho Square private members club, the furniture and cabinetry add another layer to the already decadent interior.
“The design scheme also retained some areas of original plaster cornicing and ceiling plasterwork as well as incorporating a distressed ceramic tiled floor, which was uncovered during the course of the works,” commented Russell.
Each floor of the London townhouse offers something slightly different in order for guests to choose an atmosphere perfect for their event. From The Lobby Bar with its public bar and lounge area to elaborate drinks parties in The Decantery, there is a floor perfect for any occasion. For larger events the whole building can be hired, catering up to 300 people, for spectacular private parties.
“We wanted to celebrate the eclectic feel of Soho square and its past whilst giving our clients something that turned from a day venue to an evening venue,” added Claire.
With a menu inspired by seasonal, British ingredients to create sumptuous dishes like ‘Honey Glazed Ham Steak’, ‘Braised Beef Cheek Cottage Pie’ and ‘Six Storeys Bacon & Cheese Burger’, guests are truly in for a treat at Six Storeys on Soho.
Radiant Blinds & Awnings
Radiant Blinds & Awnings specialise in the manufacture and supply of motorised blinds, external awnings and shading solutions for restaurants, cafés, hotels and private residences. The company’s Surrey-based factory manufactures traditional Victorian awnings, Dutch style awnings, bow shaped awnings & fixed framed awnings and Radiant Blinds & Awnings is able to work closely with designers and clients in order to achieve the look they require.
The history of Radiant Blinds can be traced back to 1890 when John Dean formed Deans Blinds in Putney. John had considerable vision and travelled the country selling his blinds. As the business progressed Join appointed a team of sales staff to cover the whole of England, Wales and Southern Ireland.
John’s son and then grandsons’ Charles and Anthony ‘Tony’ Dean continued to run the company with Tony branching out to form Radiant Blinds in 1955. Radiant originally started as a department to manufacture Venetian blinds, but now operates as an independent company consulting, designing, making and installing a vast range of blinds and awnings for both corporate and private clients.
Radiant Blinds & Awnings continues as a family run business, now combining the Emerson, Atkinson & Dean families. It retains many of the traditional values with the incorporation of modern ideas and concepts and the management at Radiant Blinds respects each employee and treats everyone fairly, thus creating a harmonious and productive working environment.
Past projects for Radiant Blinds & Awnings include Sakagura, The Ritz Hotel, The Dorchester Hotel and The Goring Hotel in London, as well as schemes for Caffe Nero, Frankie & Benny’s, Franco Manca, Chiquto’s, Pizza Express and Dishoom, amongst others. Most recently the company has been involved in Six Storeys, Soho.
Working on Six Storeys, Radiant Blinds & Awnings removed and recovered three awnings on the ground floor and removed, repaired and recovered six manual canopettes on the first floor. Radiant Blinds & Awnings worked with the designers and the contractors to meet required deadlines.
Greg Emerson, Radiant Blinds & Awnings, said:
“Having seen this site lay empty for a year or so, it was great to see the building come back to life. The awnings were still in good working order so we were able to clean and recover them in the client chosen fabric and we think the finished product looks fabulous.”
“Radiant Blinds & Awnings are an established family company. We have a wealth of experience and our sales team has in depth knowledge of the products we sell and promote. Each member of the team has in turn a particular speciality within the blinds and awnings industry, so when we work on a project the right person will be responsible to oversee the venture from start to finish. All of this is conducted with the support of our experienced team, many of whom have been a valuable part of the team for in excess of forty years.”