Palm Beach Casino
Following an investment of over £2m, the Palm Beach Casino on Mayfair’s Berkeley Street has undergone a major renovation. Genting Casinos, one of the largest operators with over 42 casinos across the UK, has refurbished its London venue to include a new gaming floor, restaurant and bar & grill.
With interiors by Fisch Design, the 10,000 sq ft venue features subtle illuminated fretwork and gold, black and brass finishes, complemented by a warm colour palette of chocolate and greys to create an elegant yet inviting space.
The new 50-cover restaurant is a grand room with high ceilings and is overseen by award-winning head chef Mahmud Zaman, formerly of Zaman’s at The Sportsman Casino. Ruby leather booths and magnolia velvet chairs are surrounded by backlit mirrored arches and artwork inspired by Chinese symbolism. The menu reflects Zaman’s expertise and passion for South Asian and global cuisine with dishes that span continents in order to appeal to Palm Beach’s international clientele. The Bar & Grill, overlooking the Casino floor and all the action, is also overseen by Zaman and provides a more casual offering, as well as coverage of all major sporting events.
Having previously worked with Genting Casinos on other projects, the design was overseen by Derbyshire-based Fisch Design. The company worked on the project from July through to October this year. Senior Designer Rebecca Davies commented:
“We have completed projects with Genting prior to Palm Beach at Leicester and Brighton. Palm Beach has quite a small, concealed entrance. You walk into something that you are not really expecting and the interior slowly reveals itself. It has a small approach and then opens up into what was effectively a huge ballroom with high ceilings. We have relocated the bar and it hits you with its height and prominence as you walk through. This was the biggest change and had the most impact within the project.
“The restaurant has had a complete overhaul. It’s designed so that people can walk in off the street or from the hotel and have a meal in their own right rather than it just being part of the casino.
“Palm Beach has been a joy and a privilege to be involved with. It had its challenges along the way, the project team really formed a strong understanding and vision to enable us to transform the whole of the club so well, this can only strengthen us on future projects.”
The Lounge Bar, renovated last year, has a travel-inspired theme with aged map murals on the ceiling, and comfortable deep red velvet stool seating complemented by brown leather Chesterfield sofas. The bar is headed up by a talented mixology team featuring signature and classic serves, spirits and wines, alongside a range of bar food from across the globe.
As well as offering 24 hour dining, Palm Beach will host a series of events throughout the year, open to gamers and diners alike. Calendar dates such as Diwali, NYE, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s will be celebrated along with weekly Arabian Nights and regular shisha, mezze, DJs, dancers and ‘learn to play’ sessions for beginners.
Phil Nunn, Casino Director of The Palm Beach comments:
“The Palm Beach is one of London’s most iconic casinos and, as well as the capital’s finest gaming facilities, we are delighted to now have a destination restaurant. Whilst the new restaurant provides our regular high stakes clientele with a much-enhanced offer, we want to attract late night diners as well as Londoners looking for a more experiential experience, whether it be light flutter and supper or just the chance to watch the gaming tables in action.
“We already attract affluent international visitors on a daily basis and, with this vastly improved offering, we’re confident we’ll be welcoming many new faces through our doors in the near future.”
To find out more, please see www.thepalmbeach.co.uk.
Genting Casinos UK is of the largest casino operators in premium casino gaming and entertainment. Genting Casinos is part of the Genting Group, established in Malaysia in 1965, one of the country’s biggest corporations. Valued at US$24 billion, Genting employs more than 60,000 employees worldwide.
To view more work from Fisch Design, please visit www.fischdesign.co.uk.
Hayles and Howe Ltd
Hayles and Howe Ltd is a highly experienced ornamental plasterwork & scagliola contractor, carrying out work for heritage buildings, theatres, Listed structures and public & private residences throughout the world. The company specialises in the manufacture and installation of ornamental plasterwork, along with lime plasterworks, and offers exquisite attention to detail taking projects from design and specification to production and installation.
Hayles and Howe Ltd has been in operation since 1978 and over the past 40 years has built up an extensive portfolio of projects including Blackpool Winter Gardens – a complete refurbishment of the classical 1890s ceiling in the famous Empress Ballroom; Brixton Academy – the consolidation of plasterwork stage right and left; and Piccadilly Theatre – a complete restoration of an ellipse, domed fibrous plaster ceiling in the auditorium of this beautiful theatre. Additional projects have included Dominion Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Royal York Crescent, Aldwych Theatre, Bristol Cathedral School, Palais des Nations in Geneva and various high-end private residences, amongst others.
Most recently, Hayles and Howe Ltd have been involved with the work on the Palm Beach Casino project. Working on this project the company was responsible for the manufacture and installation of a large modillion block cornice to match the existing structure.
Commenting, Robin Harrison, Hayles and Howe Ltd, said:
“We are very proud to have been part of the refurbishment of the Palm Beach Casino, restoring its historical elements and maintaining original techniques to ensure we kept in line with the materials originally used. We were pleased to be part of a great team working alongside GF Holding, delivering the high quality they achieve on all of their projects.”
“At Hayles and Howe Ltd we are at the forefront of delivering the highest quality within our industry. We take great pride in resorting and maintaining historical building throughout the country to ensure the safety of the public and its buildings.”
Concept Electrical UK Ltd.
Concept Electrical UK Ltd. was founded in 2010 and specialises in all aspects of leisure, cinema, casino, commercial and industrial works.
As a company they pride themselves in being very conscientious about every project they carry out, no matter the size. They are not contractual with clients and always strive to help designers, consultants and clients achieve their project goal.
They recently completed work at Palm Beach Casino where they provided all electrical aspects including new lighting, power, data, fire and security.
Commenting on the work undertaken at Palm Beach Casino, Concept Electrical Director/Partner, Graham Barton said: “I have managed this client from start to finish and we always deliver a top job on time. It has been a pleasure to be involved with this project.”
Concept Electrical has previously worked with Genting on numerous other projects including Fox’s Club, Crockfords Mayfair Club, Colony Club, Palm Beach Club, Westcliffe Club, China Town Club, Terminus Club and the Mint Club. They have also worked with GF Holding for many years, delivering blue chip projects for them.