The iconic venue that once boasted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, The Beatles and The Who as regulars both on and off the stage has been transformed into London’s most sought-after luxury private members’ club The Court.
The Court is the realisation of founder and host Harry Mead, whose vision was to redefine the typical private members’ experience. Harnessing what made the iconic clubs of the past so special and giving it the modern relevance of today, Mead wants to offer something truly unique to London. He’s brought together experts from their respective fields to curate an exclusive experience with a touch of eccentricity. From the moment guest’s descent the stairs, each and every detail has been carefully and thoughtfully planned.
Launched on 18th February 2018, the site features show-stopping décor by the internationally renowned artist Bradley Theodore and celebrity florist Nikki Tibbles, a hot new restaurant and an ultra-sleek Gatsby-esque basement bar. Design agency 3 Stories were tasked with transforming the former music venue and giving it a new lease of life as a private members’ club.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine about the project, Ben Webb from 3 Stories said: “With this project, the client gave us was very open brief allowing us the creative freedom to create a premium members’ bar.
“The space itself is divided over two floors; a ground and basement level. The entrance is on the ground floor and is designed as an intimate lobby area allowing the basement to become the real showpiece.”
When guests enter the club they are met with a polished, brass reception desk in a very dark environment that is spot lit. In the basement the space is vaulted so it has a curved ceiling, creating a nice stand out feature in the space. As guest’s enter the space, the first thing they see is a horseshoe bar.
Ben said: “The client said to us that the bar had to be a real statement within the space. He wanted people to be wowed by the environment and come away talking about the bar in particular.”
The basement is divided into the bar and club area. A showpiece of the space is the stage towards the end of the room, which is a brass clad, mirrored-esque stage with a custom piano, reflecting the artistic style of Bradley Theodore.
The club is then lined with banquette seating on one side and private booths that clad the inside of the building on the right hand side. In the middle of the space are coffee tables and small stools looking onto the stage.
Ben added: “The stage forms the heart of the club, but I would say the bar is the crowning glory of the space. We have created a distinct horseshoe bar, clad with leather on the front with a polished brass bar top with fractured mirrored finish to the bulkhead above. The ceiling is then lined with a copper mesh panel which is up-lit on within the vault, providing a really dynamic look within the space.”
A black marble and in-laid brass floor finish radiates out into the main club connecting the bar and stage areas. A private dining room then completes the space upstairs on the ground floor.
At The Court, guests can choose from creative food and drink menus that have been developed in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers and implemented by The Court’s team of chef’s and award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana and his team at Mr Lyan Studio.
As The Court has opened on the former Kingly Street Site once home to Bag O’Nails, the club intends to keep this rich musical history alive with the piano stage and nightly live entertainment. Service and hospitality will be at the forefront of The Court, overseen by General Manager Richard Haddon, formerly of Mahiki London and Harry Mead.
“We are a relatively new design practice so it is very exciting to be involved with a project as high profile as this,” said Ben. “It has been a privilege to work with Harry and the team on The Court, which is hopefully going to become quite a destination for London and the nightlife scene.”
Annual membership at The Court starts from £600 per year. For more information visit: http://www.thecourt.co.uk/
Caterware’s involvement began at The Court when we were invited to become involved by the interior designer and project manager who we have worked closely with on a number of previous projects. The clients brief to have a functional high quality curved bar called upon the Caterware’s team to use all its knowledge of bar design and bespoke stainless steel fabrication. The tight deadlines also meant we have to work closely with fit out contractor to construct the curved bar without the benefit of templates of bar frontage.
Caterware are specialists in the design, supply and installation of food service solutions within all sectors of the foodservice industry. During our 42 years of trading we have built up an in-depth knowledge and experience of the market including restaurants, stadia, hotels, bars, contract and public sector catering. We have worked with many clients including names such as Carluccio’s, Manchester City FC, Iberica, Comptoir Libanais, Leon, Crowne Plaza, Watford FC and Marriot hotels.
Caterware actively pursue a policy of continuous monitoring and improving our approach to servicing our customer’s requirements. Our team of experienced, professional and committed people are constantly adapting to market demands and trends to provide detailed product specifications for kitchen schemes and tableware/utensil requirements. This approach ensures the equipment we supply matches the design and operational needs of each client.
Noble Russell have produced high quality banquette seating for the private members club The Court. Previously the legendary Bag O’Nails venue in Soho reopened in February 2019 after undergoing a sophisticated and stunning transformation.
This live music venue is dripping in history, with The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who and Jimi Hendrix either performing or hanging out there in the sixties.
Working with the designer and cofounder Ben Webb from 3Stories, to provide the appropriate seating for this destination location, our banquette seating has been made in our Leicestershire workshop with fluted backs and is finished in highly durable blue velvet fabric with brushed brass plinths.
3 banquette seating booths have been produced as well as a further 15m of “U” shaped more open large booths on the opposite wall.
Our team, have carefully developed and manufactured the furniture all the way to instillation at the venue and within a tight deadline.
Noble Russell is a contract furniture company, based in the East Midlands specialising in the creation of exceptional bespoke products. They have dedicated themselves to over 25 years of furniture design and production, providing customers with the highest quality service.
More information on Noble Russell Furniture and our most recent projects can be found on our website: noblerussell.co.uk