Hotels, Lodging & Restaurants: The Delaunay in Aldwych by

Issue 3 · European Travels · January 20, 2012

Hotels, Lodging & Restaurants: The Delaunay in Aldwych

Issue 3 · European Travels · January 20, 2012

London restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, master conjurers of the immersive dining experience (they're the team behind the Wolseley and the Ivy), have worked their magic again with another Viennese-inspired cafe-restaurant, the Delaunay in Aldwych.

If the Wolseley takes its cue from the glamour of European fin-de-siècle grand cafes, the Delaunay recalls the sophisticated calm of a private men's dining club of the 1920s. David Collins, who also worked on the Wolseley, was asked to "create something that would bring to mind the intangible essence of the Wolseley, in a completely different building and location," he says. "The two designs share very few common characteristics, but they both make the customer feel warm and safe and feeling as if they have just discovered something very special."

Photography by David Loftus.

The Delaunay entrance, columns, wood panelling, aldwych

Above: The entrance to the Delaunay hints at the sophisticated dining experience beyond.

Delaunay, Wolseley, clock

Above: The clock at the Delaunay refers to renowned meeting places around the world (think New York's Grand Central Station).

Above: The black and white marble flooring adds a geometric note to the interiors.

dark paneling, marble floors, Delaunay

Above: Dark paneling, low lighting, and marble floors create a quiet and understated atmosphere.

intimate seating, booth seating, low-level lighting, paintings

Above: Small intimate areas are defined by booth seating, dim lighting, and moody oil paintings.

Above: The Delaunay's two private dining rooms seat 8 to 14 each (the rooms can also be opened up to seat 24).

delaunay afternoon tea

Above: Afternoon tea at the Delaunay is a serious affair.

delaunay counter, take-away, green bicycle with basket of bread

Above: The Delaunay counter offers takeaway and delivery service.

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