Holland Park’s social scene returns to its former glory

Local institution Julie’s reopens after a glamorous refurb

A boho institution dating back 55 years, Julie’s didn’t reinvent the wheel with its new interior refurb. When the restaurant and lounge reopened in early May after a year-long overhaul, it maintained much of its original glamour: the dark walnut framework, the jaunty upholsteries and red accents.

Interior designer Rosanna Bossom took on the revamp with designer Sophie Harvey, adding thick privacy curtains and mirrors for trompe l’oeil views, plus new Iksel patterned wallpaper and a herringbone wood floor. Clusters of bold, contemporary art hang over velvet banquettes; cushions are propped up on every surface.

Mood lighting is everywhere, too, in tabletop lamps and ethereal sconces. The duo brought in floral chandeliers by Jess Wheeler and Tord Boontje, which add shimmer to the plush main-floor dining room and basement grotto.

Three storeys in all, the new incarnation has a deep alfresco terrace and a 24-seat private dining room with a glass ceiling and leather chairs.

Outside, the original brown awnings remain.

Photography: Ingrid Rasmussen
Photography: Ingrid Rasmussen

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