Novotel London City South
Novotel London City South is relaunching its bar and restaurant after a £900,000 redesign and refurbishment. This is the latest stage of the investment in the hotel; after all of its 182 guest rooms, six meeting rooms and lobby spaces were updated in 2018 as part of a move to become a flagship hotel in Novotel’s strong UK network.
The bar and restaurant have been specifically planned to become the focal point of all activity on the ground floor of the hotel. The design aesthetics take inspiration from the hotel’s location, referencing nearby Borough Market through the use of wood and metal frames. This is also reflected in the Gourmet Bar menu, which focuses on produces from several food and drink suppliers from Borough Market including Borough Wines, Cannon & Cannon Charcuterie and La Tura Pasta.
Nicolas Capéran of Takagicapéran studio said:
“It’s been five years in the making and it is an ambitious plan. The operational brief was a gourmet bar, placed at the centre of the public spaces with both food and beverage offers, so a customer staying at the hotel, or arriving, would be able to see the full menu. Personal, flexible and welcoming, the design aims to create a destination venue for hotel guests and locals alike that makes you want to relax, whether meeting for work, socializing or eating & drinking with friends and colleagues. The design made use of bespoke black patinated metal, raw waxed timbers and rhythmic tiling patterns throughout, further translating our concept of a “bar in a kitchen”, to express architecturally the original idea and emphasise the gastronomy character of this bar.
The bar opens up to the restaurant, the lobby and the lounge; the treatment of this iconic feature is actually a black metal feature that can be seen from 360 degrees. Our aim is to always bring more diversity into the design so we have carefully selected specific contemporary seating and vintage pieces. The mix of craft vintage and warmth with the contemporary industrial metalwork define further this culinary atelier, while bringing more personality within the hotel.”
Part of the hotel’s transformation has been digital with employees trained to use FOLS mobile software to welcome and help guests. Using mobile devices means employees are able to approach guests proactively and spend more time interacting with them and less time sat behind a desk meaning it works conveniently for both staff and guests.
The hotel is in a prime location between Southwark and London Bridge stations, convenient for both the City and Central London and within easy reach of Canary Wharf. It’s popular with leisure and business travellers, as well as those living and working in the locality. The bar and restaurant reopened on 11th June and is open from 7am until 12am from Monday to Saturday and 8am until 11:30pm on Sundays.
“The project took a year and a half on site, and as for design challenges, it was the usual issue of progressing the refurbishment whilst keeping the hotel open and running. We had to adapt the original design continuously so as to respond to unforeseen changes after strip out and works being carried on; this couldn’t have been done without the support of the client and our partners.
The hotel now feels revitalised and brings this premium look & feel expected of a four star hotel whilst being welcoming and casual. This project was key for us – we do have 20 years of experience, but the studio itself is only five years old, and while we’ve completed quite a few hotels and restaurants in the past, the bar at Novotel City South is the first of other refurbishments to come with Accor. We are working on other Novotel hotels in the UK to implement this new offer, each time adapting the overall design to give the hotel a sense of place, a personality, using the full flexibility of the concept.”
With Novotel, Accor offers every guest the freedom to fully enjoy their stay
Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts provide a multi-service offer for both business and leisure guests, with spacious, modular rooms, 24/7 catering offers with balanced meals, meeting rooms, attentive and proactive staff, kid areas, a multi-purpose lobby and fitness centres. Through PLANET 21, Accor’s sustainable development program, Novotel commits to Man and the Planet. Novotel has over 520 hotels and resorts in 60 countries, ideally located in the heart of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations.
Dula’s major services encompass planning and design, lighting design, development, production, logistics, installation and general contractor jobs.
Dula was founded by Heinrich Dustmann in Dortmund in 1953. Today, the family company has over 1,000 employees worldwide.
The company works with a wide range of clients, from world-renowned brands to leading retailers. This includes Apple, Zara, H&M and BMW Group.
Recently, Dula was involved with the renovation of the bar and restaurant at Novotel London City. Working with the designer and main contractor, Dula created the bespoke interior and furniture. In the lobby area the company delivered light oak veneer.
In the bar area, it supplied metal framework with a special vintage coating in combination with different glass types and marble worktops on the bar and buffet. This was the same for the restaurant area, combined with vintage oak wooden parts and banquettes upholstered with classical stitching.
Heinz-Herbert Dustmann, CEO Dula-Group, said:
“It was a pleasure to be involved in the realisation of the first so called concept “Gourmet Bar” in the City of London, which was a very challenging project for all involved parties.
“Dula is proud of its long-time expertise in realising individual projects for international clients with holistic shopfitting and exclusive interior design in a high-quality standard, which enables us to provide an all-round worry-free package.”