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London restaurant 20 Berkeley steps back into Mayfair’s deep past

Design studio Pirajean Lees dreamt up an imaginary Georgian country manor as the starting point for London restaurant 20 Berkeley’s eclectic interiors.

Prompted by the restaurant founders’ emphasis on seasonal, British produce, the studio sought inspiration from Mayfair’s early history, when the area had strong links with farming and the countryside and was effectively the boundary with the city. Spaces are laid out like the reception rooms of a rural manor, with a music room and drawing room situated upstairs and accessed via a central staircase.

Pirajean Lees has done a bit of time hopping, however, for its aesthetic influences, blending Georgian touches with a 1930s Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Rooms are filled with vintage pieces and lit by glowing lamps and stained glass in earthy shades.

Many of these pieces have been made by craftspeople, including handmade tiles embedded with fossils, bespoke bits of carpentry, and various glass pieces. The result is eclectic and characterful.

The menu includes meat, game and seafood, including black pudding agnolotti, cauliflower, wild garlic velouté; dressed Portland bill crab, apple & foraged sea herbs; Baron Bigod cheese stuffed with truffles served with port jelly & crumpets; and a selection of classic deserts such as creamy sundaes and tarte tatin to finish.

20 Berkeley St, London W1J 8EE

Photography: Polly Tootal
Photography: Polly Tootal

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