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Forza Wine takes up residence in the brutalist interior of London’s National Theatre

Theatre-goers can admire some of London’s most iconic architecture up close at Forza Wine, which has taken over the National Theatre’s outdoor terrace.

It’s a major opening for the business, founded by Bash Redford former River Cafe chef Michael Lavery, which started life as a series of pop-ups in south London before opening permanent spaces in Camberwell and Peckham. They worked with architects Gundry + Ducker on the brutalist space, bringing in sleek black banquettes, rattan chairs and steel and wood tables.

‘This opportunity was a bit of ‘pinch me’ moment’ said the pair. It’s the National Theatre, not only a world-leading theatre and one of Europe’s most famous Brutalist buildings, but also one of the best terraces in London, which works perfectly with the ‘Views’ element of our offering.’

The interiors feel appropriately angular, echoing the structure of the surrounding National Theatre as well as the coffered concrete ceilings overhead. Glass doors open onto a paved terrace, with potted Mexican Fortune Trees and green garden furniture designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for HAY.

The menu follows Forza Wine’s ‘mostly natural’ philosophy and sees drinks served alongside snacks and small plates, including flatbreads, mussels and burrata.

Royal National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX

Photography: Caitlin Isola
Photography: Caitlin Isola
Photography: Caitlin Isola

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