With a name taken from a Beastie Boys song and a stunning interior designed to appeal to an eclectic clientele, Ask for Janice in Farringdon is currently taking London by storm.
The venue is split across two floors and with a prime location and locally sourced produce, Ask for Janice promises the best food and drinks around.
Ask for Janice is the latest venture from Urban Leisure Group; a company who specialise in bars – particularly in London – and includes a bar, café and restaurant. Previous projects from Urban Leisure Group include The Alice House in both Queens Park and West Hampstead, Graphic Golden Square in Soho, The Gallery in West Hampstead, Elgin in Maida Vale and Central & Co Great Marlborough Street.
Main Contractors M & L Page worked with Architect Mick Birch together with Urban Leisure Group to create a unique interior design for the venue. The basement offers a bar, ideal for gatherings or for casual drinks with a two wall commission from Kid Acne whilst the ground floor presents exposed white brickwork, concrete floors and a three tier bar combining wood metal and tiles.
Hezi Yechiel, Director at Urban Leisure Group, said:
“I think the look we have gone for is a little bit different, we’ve included a lot of attention to detail with the art work and the projection that we have on one of the walls. There’s a great atmosphere in the bar and the team are all lovely which is key.”
The overall offering of Ask for Janice centres on coffee and fresh food. All of the food and drink is locally sourced and the beer comes direct from a local breweries. The menu presents classic, British, all day dining with the inclusion of a few world dishes with a British twist.
Sandwiches are available to take away at lunch time, ideal for those on the go or working in the area and the venue also serves up a selection of Eccles cakes, jammy dodgers, finger buns and sausage rolls– all made using fresh ingredients. The bar opens at 7:30am for breakfast.
Discussing the approach to the venue’s design, Hezi said:
“We were given a big white space which we didn’t really want to change. So we incorporated quite high ceilings, exposed flooring and brick tiles with a thick plywood top, and we also used a lot of metal”
“We have an open plan kitchen, and the bar is on three levels. We have a coffee serving area, which goes up to a bar area, and then on a slightly raised platform is the food serving area.”
Ask for Janice is available to hire and guests can either hire the basement bar – ideal for a small gathering of up to 40 people – or can hire the whole venue. The venue can hold a capacity of up to 130 people making it suitable for those wanting to hold larger events with character, rather than a typical function room.
For more information please visit: www.askforjanice.co.uk.
Working on commercial and residential projects, Scubair Ltd specialise in the design, installation and maintenance of air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation and electrical systems. The company provides services for a range of projects, from residential, office and school schemes to public buildings and restaurants.
Scubair Ltd Service and Maintenance division has a varied client base which includes restaurants such as Wassabi, Giraffe, KFC, Burger King to the more prestigious Le Gavroche and C London, amongst others. Scubair Ltd also provides services for a number of high-profile hotels including Euston Square Hotel and the Grand Residences by Marriott, Mayfair.
Working on Ask for Janice, Scubair Ltd was involved throughout with the HVAC and stainless steel works. The company serviced and maintain the refrigerated cold rooms, the air conditioning units and the kitchen extractor fans as well as installing stainless steel works to the bar area and stainless steel cladding and light fittings to the kitchen.
Marcus Sawkins, Service Department Manager of Scubair Ltd said:
“It’s important for us to be able to offer both the services which we specialise in, and any other services in which we can assist. We enjoy working with our long term client’s Urban Leisure Group; we’ve worked on all of their projects.”
“We pride ourselves in providing a service to the best achievable level for the customer’s satisfaction.”
PME Electrical and Energy Solutions
PME Electrical and Energy Solutions specialize in electrical works and have been offering a comprehensive electrical solutions service and reactive maintenance service to the commercial sector for 20 years. During this time, PME Electrical and Energy Solutions have worked with some of the UK’s most popular brands including Nopi, Ottolenghi, Wolff Olins and Kornicis; Jamie’s wine bars and Smollensky.
Speaking about their works on Ask for Janice, Michael Tarbard, Director of PME Electrical and Energy Solutions said:
“We initially met Hezi, the owner of Urban Leisure Group, on site to discuss his requirements and got the feel for the look he desired. We then worked closely with Hezi and his designer to achieve the goal set and to create Ask for Janice. Both my business partner Paul and I can see that this an exciting company with big ambitions, we look forward to working on future projects with Urban Leisure Group as they grow.”
“PME Electrical and Energy Solutions pride themselves in providing friendly, professional customer service and being flexible to client’s requirements. We have technical knowledge, transparent costing and flexible working hours.”