London’s Session Arts Club offers fine dining amid faded grandeur

History is on show at the old judge’s dining room

Housed on the fourth floor of Clerkenwell’s Old Sessions House, the new Sessions Arts Club is a sanctuary for Londoners seeking an escape from the city.

Guests are ushered from a discrete red door at the back of the Grade II-listed former courthouse into a lift and up to the new bar and restaurant, which boasts pieces from artist Jonny Gent and a kitchen headed up by chef Florence Knight.

A 60-seater dining room is flooded with light from a series of arched windows looking out onto the roof terrace, itself leading to an elegant marble bar and infinity rooftop pool with views over London. Meanwhile, interior elements have been cherrypicked from various markets and salvage yards, creating a relaxed, comfortable vernacular. A series of green leather banquettes on a mezzanine reflect the former courthouse’s past life.

A light touch design from local architects SODA Studio follows a meticulous restoration from Ted and Oliver Grebelius of Sätila, who reimagined the entire building over the past six years.

24 Clerkenwell Green Old Sessions House, London EC1R 0NA

The Mezzanine level dining area
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London's Soda Studio was involved in the revival of the space. Under the directions of Satila the practice took a deliberately light touch, leaving plaster exposed and much of the 'faded' grandeur of the space to speak for itself
Via Soda Studio
A discreet carved flagstone and red door mark the entrance to the Clerkenwell restaurant
Via Soda Studio
The rooftop dining terrace overlooking Clerkenwell Green
Courtesy of Sessions Art Club
Food comes courtesy of chef Florence Knight
Courtesy of Sessions Art Club
Florence Knight and Jonny Gent at the Sessions Art Club
Florence Knight and Jonny Gent at the Sessions Art Club

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