Kricket White City
Located at the recently renovated Television Centre in White City, the third restaurant to join the Kricket portfolio opened in September 2018.
Designed by London-based design consultancy Run For The Hills, Kricket White City is a 100-cover restaurant that builds on the success of previous Kricket venues. Kricket was founded in 2015 by Chef Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell when the duo first began serving out of a 20-seater shipping container in Brixton.
In the relatively short time since, Kricket has established a reputation for its modern, seasonal twists on Indian dishes. This latest venture showcases Will’s flair with Indian spices, learned from his years in Mumbai kitchens and his passion for quality, locally sourced ingredients.
Run For The Hills has a long history with Kricket having worked on the brand’s creative identity, website, and designing the interior of its first two London restaurants in Soho and Brixton. The design studio’s graphics team also designed the Kricket cookbook earlier this year, which coincided with the launch of the Brixton venue.
Anna Burles, Creative Director of Run For The Hills, commented:
“For the look and feel of the new space, we’ve styled Kricket TVC with an atmospheric and highly textured palette, ranging from urban nudes and cracked terracotta through smoke-gold-veined marbles, burnt chocolate joinery and black marbled cork walls, with a mint-crisp crackle-glazed bar top, weathered polished plaster, aged walls and lightly distressed micro-cement floor.
“The antique brass metallics of Soho have been replaced with rich and dark oil rubbed bronze, raw iron and refined gunmetal steel metalwork. The new design also features a range of bespoke specialist finishes and layering of decorative grilles, custom metalwork and bespoke lighting. The overall scheme is fresh and earthy by day, designed to turn barfly-moody later on, for late night drinks and food.”
The new West London restaurant features a signature communal sharing table, lovingly-crafted from an extra-large 3.5m long slab of live-edge wood with a collection of hand-turned wooden lights framing it below. The fixed seating is vintage Indian inspired with a scalloped wood edge, aged leather seat upholstery and a rich velvet back cushion in Kricket’s brand colour. All the seating has been designed to offer a comfortable place to kick back and enjoy punchy, Indian-inspired cocktails and sharing plates. Lighting plays are important role in the large, open plan layout.
Run For The Hills worked with talented workshops around the UK to design the decorative light fittings. Vintage Indian clock boxes, for example, have been customised and turned into light boxes, nestled amongst glassware and bottles on the gantry and back bar.
The Television Centre site has also provided the opportunity for Kricket’s first outdoor terrace. Run For The Hills has styled the terrace with vintage Indian wait stations, antique bench seating, iron and terrazzo tables, bronze wirework seating and clashing patterned cushions. Rusty corten steel planters, which will flower with fragrant jasmine, surround the perimeter.
For more information please visit www.kricket.co.uk/white-city.
Television Centre is at the heart of a £10 billion regeneration of White City. A thriving neighbourhood with exceptional transport links to the west end and city, home to a new campus for Imperial College University London, an extended Westfield shopping mall (now the biggest in Europe), enlarged White City Place office Park, and the creation of up to 2,000 new private homes, 200,000sq.m of new offices and 20,000 new jobs.