Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bars to Lounge in; Need to Lie Down Somewhere after All the Partying? at Roman-Inspired Supper Clubs Diners Can Really Recline

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bars to Lounge in; Need to Lie Down Somewhere after All the Partying? at Roman-Inspired Supper Clubs Diners Can Really Recline

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Byline: BETHAN RYDER

MOMO Mourad's fashionably late Sketch finally opened this month, and despite its tardiness this veritable emporium of dining and drinking is dazzling London's glam, scene-preeners. What with the Patisserie (tea-room), The Library (fine dining), The Gallerie (art space/restaurant/bar), the East Bar, the West Bar and the Swarovski crystal loos, spoilt for choice has upped its ante. But fear not, if it gets too much, just retire to the pure white Gallerie where you can kick back and lie low when the bespoke white leather dining sofas transform into beds for post-11pm bar lounging.

A novel idea, but not a new one.

Roman-inspired supper clubs and restaurants where diners recline on beds have been springing up all over the place since Amsterdam's Supper Club opened in 1999. Proof that in this frenetic world we love the chance to occasionally take things lying down.

Designed by cool crew Concrete, the hip Dutch Supper Club set the trend for extreme louche dining.

The speakeasy entrance is hidden down a cobbled alley, guests ring a bell to enter. Host Howie welcomes you into a bleached space containing two giant bunk-bed structures, which accommodate diners.

The Supper Club is a soothing experience, shoes are removed (holey socks are a no-no) and people relax, reclining against pillows. Changing pastel lighting and ambient lounge music sets a surreal, mellow vibe.

It's the ultimate stress-free environment; you don't even have to choose your food. Staff/performers serve everyone the same fivecourse set meal (E60) from 8pm, so a communal atmosphere is guaranteed. (Inform them of any dietary requirements when booking-Bedding diners proved so successful that owner Bert van der Leden commissioned Concrete to create Supper Club Roma, which opened earlier this year.

Comprising Le Salle Neige, unsurprisingly white, and a replica of the Amsterdam restaurant, and Bar Rouge, a decadent bar modelled on its Dutch sibling.

The unique new feature is Le Bed Baroque, where brave-hearted diners bed down with a party of 45. Expect a Supper Club somewhere in Germany soon.

Nomads in Amsterdam is a similar concept by the same designers. …

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