First London site of The Coal Shed arrives at One Tower Bridge
The Coal Shed has landed at Berkley Homes’ new landmark development ‘One Tower Bridge.’ Opened in October 2017, the opening of The Coal Shed on one of Central London‘s most sought-after locations marks the first London outing for the restaurateur Razak Helalat, who has already won diners over with The Coal Shed original Brighton outlet and sister restaurant The Salt Room, which opened in Brighton in 2015. The Coal Shed in Brighton has been named one of the best places to eat in the UK and is set to bring the restaurants approach to cooking the finest steaks and seafood to its new London branch.
Located opposite the iconic Tower of London, One Tower Bridge is a mixed-use development of high-specification apartments, commercial and cultural space. The Coal Shed joins the riverside destination, which is quickly becoming a new culinary hotspot in the capital. There will also be a 900 seat theatre within the development and The Lalit Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel with 70 beautifully designed rooms, each ornamented with bespoke Indian art – their first venture into the capital.
Design specialists DesignLSM undertook the interior work of The Coal Shed.
DesignLSM’s brief was to tailor the existing design to suit its new London locality, ensuring that the scheme would appeal to residents and city workers within the area. They worked closely with Raz to create a luxurious and elevated environment, where diners can immerse themselves into the culinary delights of – ‘Meat, Fish and Fire.’
The Coal Shed is housed in a striking double height building with an impressive glazed façade, providing maximum visibility into the inviting restaurant space. On arrival guests are greeted into a warm and atmospheric bar area decorated with soft gantry lighting, aged brass screens and polished chevron flooring. An array of social seating is fixed around the bar, helping to set the overall comfort level and ambience of the space.
In the main restaurant, the designers utilised a rich and masculine material palette including green marble, burnt timber and aged bronze; injecting layers of contrast and texture into the space. A prominent feature is the open kitchen pass set at the back of dining area, which showcases the specialist charcoal cooking that The Coal Shed is famed for.
Upstairs leads to a stunning mezzanine floor that overlooks the main restaurant through framed black and steel screens. The dining area features bespoke wine units and unique displays of reclaimed leather belts illuminated by globe pendant lighting. Perfectly positioned at the back of the space is an intimate 20-cover private dining room, which opens out into the restaurant via frosted glass doors.
DesignLSM’s branding team updated The Coal Shed’s signage, stationery and logo to give the brand a fresh and refined look that could set itself apart from other London eateries.
The Coal Shed at One Tower Bridge continues to source seasonal, sustainable meat and seafood, including their range of 35-day, dry-aged Scottish steaks from the North highlands that are expertly cooked on hot coals. There is also a specials board featuring some rare breed cuts and for seafood fans, a great selection of fresh fish and crustaceans from the South coast boats deliver directly to the restaurant every day. There is also a range of small plates to encourage people to share dishes, which is what it is all about at The Coal Shed. Every Sunday, the restaurant puts on a full sharing roast, complete with all the trimmings, perfect for the family or group gatherings.
The team behind The Coal Shed and The Salt Room in Brighton have helped to create the food and drinks menu. Executive Chef Dave Mothersill and Executive Pastry Chef Laura Petersen are the brains behind the restaurants food philosophy and menu, while the Head Bartender Matt Ottley has crafted an impressive drinks list, which includes a selection of innovative cocktails, wines and champagnes.
Seating 124 people from 12-10pm, diners are able to watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen in its relaxed, contemporary take on old-world glamour.
Razak continues to play a hands-on role, even performing front of house duties and interacting with customers. Commenting on the opening at One Tower Bridge, he said: “Having enjoyed wonderful and humbling success in Brighton with both The Coal Shed and The Salt Room restaurants, we’re incredibly proud to bring The Coal Shed to One Tower Bridge. Since opening nearly six years ago, it feels like a natural progression to open to a new audience in London where we’ll remain fully committed to our love for quality ingredients, expertly cooked. It goes without saying that we’re more than excited about what’s in store.”
Harry Lewis, Managing Director at Berkley Homes (South East London Ltd) commented: “We are delighted to welcome The Coal Shed to One Tower Bridge. With its already successful operation in Brighton we are thrilled it will be opening its first London restaurant at the scheme. One Tower Bridge offers one of the capitals most famous riverside settings which attracts millions of visitors every year. We believe that the style of restaurant will complement the other openings at the development and help to create a vibrant leisure and fine dining destination for everyone to enjoy.”
With The Coal Shed now joining One Tower Bridge’s family of London restaurants, this is the latest push for the brand as it aims to reinvigorate the capitals offering and become a leading player in the London restaurant scene.