Hawkers Bar and Brasserie
Located within the recently opened DoubleTree by Hilton Kingston upon Thames, Hawkers Bar and Brasserie is a lively destination with a warm atmosphere and contemporary design.
Over a year in the making, the bar and restaurant boasts a trend-setting menu with a selection of contemporary dishes to complement its vast choice of local craft beers, spirits and wine, as well as a signature Afternoon Tea.
Created by DesignLSM, Hawkers Bar and Brasserie is the latest DoubleTree venture for the hospitality experts. Andrew Harwood, Project Director at DesignLSM, spoke to Premier Hospitality about the work:
“Our brief was to plan, devise and design the ground floor public areas of the hotel; this included the lobby, reception and main restaurant. We started the project with the hotel as a shell scheme and our strategy team worked closely with the client to establish their core operational and strategical objectives; analysing who their target demographic were and how they could create a destination hotel and restaurant within the area”
“The design scheme holds a warm and contemporary aesthetic which is greatly inspired by Kingston’s rich aviation history. We used a refined and warm palette of copper, teal and soft greys complimented by rich leather seating and ambient lighting, which created an air of understated elegance in the space.”
The most obvious nod to the aviation industry and wider history of the area, though, is in the Hawkers name. Harry Hawker was the chief test pilot for the Sopwith Aviation Company that was based in Kingston from 1913 to 1920. He died in 1921 when the aircraft he was flying in crashed at Hendon Aerodrome.
Located on the ground floor of the hotel, Hawkers Bar and Brasserie comprises of an open kitchen, restaurant, bar, coffee bar and lounge area that feeds into the hotel reception.
Boasting 146 modern guest rooms and suites, the hotel caters to the growing demand for upscale accommodation sought by the city’s diverse set of travellers. The stylish property, managed by Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts and asset managed by EQ Hotels Ltd, offers close proximity to a number of top attractions, with central London only a short train ride away.
In addition to the hotel’s inviting dining options, DoubleTree by Hilton Kingston upon Thames offers world-class conference facilities outside of the hustle and bustle of London city. Three flexible function rooms are available to host casual business meetings, training sessions or personal events. The largest of the spaces can accommodate up to 260 people, along with offering a pre-conference and events area. Guests also have access to the 24/7 fitness centre which features state-of-the-art Precor equipment.
Looking back on working with DoubleTree, Andrew commented:
“The feedback from the client has been very positive. DoubleTree projects have a lot of flexibility in terms of the design and aesthetics. There is scope to use high-level materials or be slightly more urban. I think our work with DoubleTree is really positive in terms of being able to design spaces that respond to their location and clientele – it makes it very interesting and exciting for us.”