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The Soak, based next to Victoria Station, is a new bar, dining and lounge space in central London. Inspired by the Grade II listed building it is housed in, the interiors were created with Victorian glamour in mind, with a beautifully lit curved bar taking centre stage.
The Soak is located at the heart of the first of the great Victorian railway hotels, The Grosvenor, which has embarked on an extensive refurbishment project ahead of its transition to becoming Amba Victoria, the newest addition to Amba Hotels.
Brand agency CAB Studios and interior design studio MAS meticulously designed the space to showcase The Soak’s impressive period features, including arched windows and high ceilings. The eatery and bar are enhanced by a delicate leaf interior design that reflects the carved foliage on the building’s external Victorian stonework.
It is approached via a pathway comprising of Solus’ eye-catching and intricately patterned Mayfair range. The bespoke tiles in Derry also forge a subtle but distinct barrier between the bar and seating area, creating an interesting contrast between the midnight blues, reds and mahoganies.
Solus’ striking Format range, encapsulating the character of cement and dynamism of city life, can also be found in the bathrooms where the bold charcoal grey Ansbach tiles juxtapose with the delicate design of the dining and bar areas.
Amber Watters, Director of MAS, said: “The architectural appeal and splendour of this building was the inspiration behind The Soak. It was imperative that its character was woven throughout the entire project, touching every element.
“The bar is a key feature, so we wanted it to stand out and make an immediate impact on guests as they arrive. To achieve this effect, we required statement tiles with a real ‘wow’ factor. Solus was able to use its expertise and experience to understand the concept we were looking to accomplish, sourcing the stunning Mayfair range which perfectly complements the venue’s ambiance.”
“The Soak is a prime example of how Solus can get to the heart of a project, providing bespoke tiles that create a real ‘wow’ factor while perfectly reflecting the desired ambiance and atmosphere of a venue,’ commented John Rose, Solus Area Sales Manager
“This particular building was a gift, emanating a beauty and splendour that lends itself to the chic and stylish effect that MAS and CAB Studio have conceived.”
Branding: CAB Studios
Lead Architect: Unwin Jones Partnership
Photographer: Franklin & Franklin
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