Friday 10 Sep 2010


After 2 years of planning and preparation the Galvin brothers’ latest venture Galvin La Chapelle and Café de Luxe is open to the public. This phenomenal Gastro dome comprises of Galvin La Chapelle, a fine dining restaurant, housed in the beautiful vaulted 19th century Grade ll listed St Botolph’s Hall; Café de Luxe, a contemporary all day café with outdoor seating leading on to Bishops Square, and an interconnecting aperitivo bar, serving light dishes. On approaching the site the grandeur of the building is eminent. The exterior has been beautifully restored and subtly but dramatically lit to accentuate the theatrical experience. The fine dining restaurant Galvin La Chapelle is situated in the stunning main Hall. This unique space features a 30 metre high ceiling, granite pillars, church-like arched windows and handcrafted limestone walls. The enormity of this space presented numerous challenges for the design team, the air conditioning system being one of the most problematic with heating and cooling systems having to be built under the floor and into the fixed seating with out compromising the design which is both refined and elegant. The Gallery's private dining area is located on a stunning half mezzanine within the main hall. The restaurant and Café de Luxe are connected by a glazed link which houses arched bronze clad temperature controlled wine displays. The Café’s bent wood seating and reclaimed herringbone flooring are classic features that complement the stunning 6 metre long pewter bar which was acquired from the Aurora at the Great Eastern Hotel. The overall design ethos and challenge for this project right from the beginning was to create a very carefully balanced and understated design that would not distract from the beauty of the existing structure but that would work with it and compliment it at every level.