WFC has recently completed the fit-out of the iconic Pacha Group’s ‘Lio’ Cabaret Restaurant at the historic former Café de Paris venue set in the heart of London’s Piccadilly.
Working within the Grade II listed building proved challenging as in order to apply the new design the existing fabric had to be taken back to original finishes. This included revealing and protecting lime plaster walls and mosaic terrazzo flooring.
Secured on a two-stage tender, the internal fit-out centres around the main double height space and surrounding mezzanine complete with a hydraulic lifting performance stage, restauration of listed balustrading and wall mouldings, incorporation of kitchen, back of house/performance staff spaces and required co-ordination with several Spanish suppliers and contractors.
LIO opened on the 17th March 2023, bringing a bit of Ibiza glamour to central London with double-sided staircases, mirrored ceilings with a restaurant that seats 200 dinners.
After dinner, the restaurant transforms into a 715-capacity late-night club, with a moveable DJ booth that emerges from behind the stage – open into the early hours.