The Colony Club
The glamorous Mayfair Colony Club Casino has re-opened after a lavish £4 million investment, with an opulent new interior including a new private members’ club and a sumptuous, re-designed gaming floor.
Located in one of the most elegant spaces off Park Lane, The Colony Club Casino is owned by Genting Casinos.
The stunning new interiors were created by Dakota: House of Design.
The club’s new look gaming floor reflects the effortless marrying of tasteful opulence and contemporary style, whilst retaining the remarkable welcome and service of old.
The electronic offer on the gaming floor has been increased, adding more state of the art slot machines and electronic table gaming. The Casino floor also boasts a sophisticated bar to recline at between games or to enjoy sumptuous cocktails from whilst playing.
The Colony Club has also introduced a brand new Salle Privée, allowing those more private players to enjoy higher stake games in this elegant environment.
Adjacent to the updated gaming floor nestles a new, intimate private members club, 24 Mayfair, welcoming members and their guests to enjoy refined service in a convivial, laid back atmosphere.
Trading for 24 hours a day, the space offers a true haven, with interiors inspired by retro Hollywood, complete with plush deep violet, velvet covered armchairs against a warm, tarnished gold backdrop.
Terri Naylor of Dakota: House of Design said: “We won the project to design the new interior in competition. The brief was to re-design the whole interior including the bar, reception area, two VIP gaming areas, the gaming floor and the restaurant with a very high-end, bespoke look to transform the whole club. The client also wanted a more light, airy and spacious look.”
Design highlights include a completely new external frontage for the club, including new signage, new doors and bespoke brasswork. On entering there is marble flooring and a bespoke illuminated reception desk with back panel. There is also an LED illuminated staircase leading up to the restaurant above.
Another key feature is the bespoke Corian bar.
In the main gaming area the original ceilings have been removed to create a much more spacious look and there is also a dramatic overhead feature running the entire length of the floor.
Terri Naylor said: “Challenges of the project included the fact that once we removed the ceiling from the main gaming area, we found lots of unexpected elements such as columns and M& E fittings, so it was much harder to design our central overhead feature than originally anticipated.
“This was a very prestigious project for us to work on and is one of the most important, high profile schemes we have ever undertaken. It was a real honour to work on this scheme, which was very exciting and offered us the chance to really let our imaginations run wild.”
Reflecting the slick metallics and rich and layered opulence of the design, revered British fashion designer Maria Grachvogel, a favourite of the red carpet, has created a collection of uniforms for both the casino and the member’s club, which purposefully weave a journey from arrival, to cocktails, dining and entertainment.
Housing an intimate, discreet bar on the ground floor, flooded with natural light during the day, members are invited to meet friends and colleagues over a light daytime menu.
As the evening descends and the lights dim, the bar transforms into an upbeat, contemporary cocktail bar serving the perfect juxtaposition of classic and innovative drinks.
Ascend the winding staircase to arrive at the first floor restaurant, which continues the glamorous design theme. Here, guests can dine enjoying a superb contemporary Japanese menu complete with an eight seater glass encased Teppanyaki bar, adding conviviality and theatre to the dining experience.
There is a second menu showcasing some of the greatest dishes from the world’s leading cuisines, allowing members to experience something completely different, even when dining several times in one week.
The painstaking refurbishment and updated gaming floor will set The Colony Club amongst the world’s leading and most exclusive casinos.
Club Director Richard Poyner said “We are delighted that we have been able to invest extensively in our casino. In such a revered location, the remodelled gaming floor offers the very latest in luxury gaming and the Salle Privée brings discretion and opulence to the fore. It is indeed a very exciting time.”
Genting operates 43 casinos, 42 of which are spread across the UK from Edinburgh to Plymouth. The 43rd is Crockfords Cairo.
All of the casinos are designed to specifically appeal to the local market. This includes operating a number of Chinese-focused casinos in five key cities across the UK.
A number of the larger casinos are called Genting Clubs, highlighting the additional facilities, including restaurants, bars, entertainment, and of course gaming. In London, Genting is the leading high-end casino operator with the Colony Club, Palm Beach and Crockfords.
Ardour Venetian specialises in applying Italian Polished Plaster and unique Metallo decorative finishes to walls, floors and ceilings.
Ardour Venetian was established by Lee Fennell in 2017. Lee himself has been in the Artisan business for over 21 years and has been able to draw on this experience to make sure Ardour Venetian offers the best possible service.
Ardour Venetian is a plaster and surface design specialist and has completed a number of projects for clients in the hospitality sector as well as completing installations in high-end residential properties.
The company was recently involved with the renovation of The Colony Club. This work included installing brass finishes to the venue’s pyramid walls and a bronze finish to the reception desk. Ardour Venetian also applied a brass metal product to columns in its modello pasante effect.
Other recent projects include The Sterling Bar in The Gherkin, London and Best Western Hotel in Nottingham.
Lee Fennell, Owner, commented:
“We are extremely grateful to have been part of The Colony Club project. As a company we take pride in our skill as craftsmen and passion for any job. By paying a great deal of attention to detail, we are able to create high-quality, luxurious finishes across the UK.”
To find out more, please visit www.ardourvenetian.co.uk.
GF Holding is one of the UK’s leading specialist building and fit out contractors, delivering high quality space for clients across many sectors, including restaurants, bars, hotels, casinos, cinemas, banks and heritage buildings.
Formed in 1908, by two brothers who started the business by decorating their neighbours’ front rooms, GF Holding is still in operation 111 years later and proudly remains a family business.
GF Holding was recently involved with the lavish refurbishment and renovation of The Colony Club. Other projects for the company include schemes for the San Carlo brands, Showcase cinemas, Odeon cinemas, Genting Casinos, Santander, and for East Coast Concepts – the Neighbourhood and Victors brands.
Jeff Barton, GF Holding, said:
“We deliver quality spaces and quality service. We are flexible, proactive and pragmatic – ingredients which ensure that we deliver our clients’ visions on time and budget. As a consequence we have many repeat clients who have been with us for decades.”
Woodhouse Contract Furnishers Ltd
Based in Sheffield, Woodhouse Contract Furnishers Ltd specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of banquette seating and contract furniture for the hospitality and leisure industry.
The company has been in operation for 40 years and within this time has built up an enviable portfolio that boasts projects for The Restaurant Group, Genting Casinos, Green King, Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns, amongst many others.
Most recently, Woodhouse Contract Furnishers Ltd has worked with GF Holding on The Colony Club in Mayfair. Working on this scheme, Woodhouse Contract Furnishers Ltd was responsible for the site’s banquette seating.
Managing Director Paul Knights Woodhouse Contract Furnishers Ltd, said:
“At Woodhouse Contract Furnishers Ltd, we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the value of our service.”