London is home to some of the world’s top restaurants, many of which house impressive collections of art from some of the art world’s biggest names.
If you’re looking for somewhere special to host your next drinks reception, or you’re on the hunt for a private dining room that’s sure to wow your guests, you won’t want to miss these.
Nine restaurants sit amidst The Ned’s historic 3,000 square metre former banking hall, serving food from around the world. Just as there are 93 men and just seven women heading up FTSE 100 companies, The Ned’s collection of art comprises artworks by seven men and 93 women working in London today, including Annie Kevans, Rachel Whiteread, Phoebe Collings-James and Phyllida Barlow.
This collaboration between Damien Hirst and Mark Hix sees the artist recreating his iconic Notting Hill restaurant, Pharmacy, in Vauxhall. The restaurant is jam-packed with original artworks by Hirst himself, including his butterfly Kaleidoscope paintings and, of course, the Medicine Cabinet series.
Celebrated British artist, David Shrigley, has transformed the Gallery at sketch. Open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the project follows the huge success of artist Martin Creed’s restaurant commission at sketch in 2012. 239 new works line the restaurant’s walls, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited.
This classic French restaurant is home to some of London’s finest Michelin-starred cuisine. Diners can also feast their eyes on fine art, with pieces by Picasso, Giacometti, Miro and Dali. Inaugurated by the French founders, brothers Albert and Michel Roux, the restaurant’s art collection has been expanded by the current chef and manager Michel Roux Jr.
The Arts Club was founded by luminaries Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, with members including Auguste Rodin and James Whistler. It was a place where writers, artists and intellectuals met to discuss the cutting edge ideas of their time. Nowadays, the Club is building an international collection and exhibition programme that reflects these diverse voices and provides a space for the new ideas of this generation to thrive.
The COYA Collective maintains an ongoing commitment to Latin American art and prides itself on being an authentic art destination. Art openings, pop ups, performances, readings and intimate art conversations are illustrations of just some of the events hosted at COYA.
Opulent seafood restaurant Sexy Fish is famed for having the most expensive collection of arts created for a London restaurant. Spectacular aquatic themed artworks by Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry have been installed, including a 13ft crocodile made from metal wire which dominates the 190-seat dining room.
Mark Hix’s chicken and steak restaurant combines fun, glamour and heritage. A Damien Hirst cow and chicken in formaldehyde suspended over the main dining room makes a striking first impression set against the backdrop of a building that once generated the power for east London’s trams.
Rosewood London offers a unique insight into the works of some of the world’s most renowned artists including Chilean artist Eduardo Hoffman, Simon Bingle and Peter Osborne to name but a few. Contemporary pieces are complemented by more traditional art throughout the hotel.
Dean Street Townhouse
Soho restaurant Dean Street Townhouse has a plethora or interesting artworks for diners to enjoy. Artists on the walls include Paul Noble, Keith Tyson, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin and many more emerging British artists.
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