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Wednesday 06 Apr 2011
Located in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, Galoupet will open in late Spring 2011 as part of Chateau de Galoupet.
The new London restaurant will house both public and private dining areas as well as a retail fine wine store, offering a range of wines from the owners' vineyard. The store will also house London's first enomatic champagne machine, which dispenses four types of champagne by the glass at the perfect temperature.
‘Galoupet' will be a two-storey space, with 60 sq m on the ground floor, plus a further 30 sq m of private dining and lounge space on the lower ground floor. It will offer an all-day menu of healthy dishes, which draw on Mediterranean and Asian influences, created by head chef Chris Golding.
Visitors to Galoupet will enter the Georgian terraced building directly into the wine store area. Lighting is a very important part of the scheme, designed by Gravity Lighting, the form of ‘hidden' lighting, set within a swirl-shaped ceiling bay, creates a subtle retail atmosphere. Four large bespoke glass floorplates will take the retail light down into the lower ground lounge area. Flooring around the glass flooring and through to the back of the restaurant space is pale oak.
A narrower gloss-panelled mid section between the store space and the restaurant will house coffee dispensing machines alongside the oak staircase, which leads down to the lower ground floor, with an all-glass surround and brass balustrade. The ‘hidden' recessed lighting swirl continues through this space. The restaurant's colours are restrained, in off-whites, silvers and gold, with bespoke banquette seating and tables and Hans Wegner ‘Wishbone' chairs in white.
On the lower ground floor, the private dining area (for up to 8 people) features a leather-embossed wall and antiqued mirrors with limestone-effect ceramic flooring. A lounge area to the rear is lit from above via the retail area's glass floor plates. This reflective, surface is picked up in the frame of a large mirror on the wall in this space and in the brass-edged and subtly-lit wine displays to the rear.