Inside Lasdun – the National Theatre’s new brutalist restaurant

The London landmark welcomes a retro-futuristic dining spot

Stepping inside Lasdun is like stepping back in time, thanks to its mix of brutalist architecture, vintage-style furniture and original interior details.

Guild of Saint Luke designed the London restaurant, which was named for Sir Denys Lasdun – the architect who envisaged the National Theatre, which houses the brutalist dining spot.

The studio referred to his original drawings during the design process, which it describes as a mix of restoration and redesign. For example, replicas of windows that had previously been removed have now been returned to the space.

Other original elements have been retained, including the restaurant’s leather banquettes and, of course, the much-loved concrete coffered ceiling of the National Theatre.

Guild of Saint Luke has added to these details with a moody palette of dark wood and black leather, set off by sculptural chrome pendant lights and a marble bar.

Lasdun is a partnership between KERB and the team behind Hackney stalwart, The Marksman, and as a modern British brasserie, its menu features updated classics – pork chops,  seasonal pies and custard tart, washed down with an aperitif accompanied by caviar and oysters. Fish also features prominently, a nod to the brutalist building’s riverside setting.

National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Photography: Maureen Evans
Photography: Maureen Evans
Photography: Maureen Evans

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