WFC Office Staff – London Site Visit
A super busy day for the WFC office staff when they made a site visit to London in the Autumn 2022.
First was the Outernet Complex, where the historic musical heritage of the area is being brought back to life. WFC was the main contractor for the two music venues in the Outernet itself plus the bars, loos, artist’s dressing rooms and lounge areas. Plus the resurrection of the iconic 12 Bar Club on Denmark Street, where Adele, Martha Wainwright, Joanna Newsom, KT Tunstall played their first London dates. It is now called The Lower Third. The third venue in the Outernet offering.
Then up to Tattu on the sixth floor of The Now Building. It’s a fabulous, flamboyant, rooftop restaurant with panoramic views across the city, with a lavish interior by the award-winning Joyce Wang Studio, inspired by a traditional Chinese courtyard house. It’s a large venue with seating for 220, split into four distinct tattoo-themed areas: Carp, Tiger, Phoenix and Dragon. Everyone particularly loved the amazing scales on the wall in the Dragon area. The venue is best viewed on the restaurant’s opening video Tattu London
Across the road, Chateau Denmark’s reception area is a live site that will serve the hotel rooms which are dotted around Denmark Street, all individual, decadent designs.
Everyone loved visiting Lio London (Café de Paris, as it was). It’s a listed building with an abundance of old features: golden balustrades and columns, massive wooden doors, tiled mosaic floors and the cute box office as you enter at the bottom of the sweeping staircase. Everything that can be salvaged must be preserved. It’s a labour of love but will look amazing when it’s finished.
A drop in at other major WFC projects: Zédel, Bob Bob Ricard and 1Rebel Oxford Street where Director Steve Howle nearly booked in for a session.
Then it was lunch at the glamorous Maine restaurant, Joey Gazhal’s pride and joy. This was a wonderfully elegant, lusciously extravagant project, completed in October 2021, in the historical townhouse of 20 Hanover Square, London W1.
After lunch a hop on the tube to Victoria and then down to Bromley South to visit the Grade II Listed Bromley Town Hall, one of our largest ever projects for Castleforge Partners. The Clockwise offices are already open for business.
Back to Oxford Street for a round of golf at Swingers West End. We did the original refits for Swingers City and Swingers West End and finished the expansion of this venue last year. It’s a great, convivial place for competitive socialising. Much enjoyed by our team.
On the 9pm train from Paddington, home at 12.30am!
All agreed, it was a long day, but filled with so much of what London has to offer – glamour, elegance, music, history, and some fun and games – all at venues WFC has fitted out.