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Architecture + Interiors | London + Global

We are a design consultancy with an established reputation for providing innovative architecture and interior design direction to a growing network of international clients across the retail, hospitality and private residential sectors.

Omar's Place

  • Status : Complete
  • Brief : Refurbishment of a Pubic House
  • Budget : £300k
  • Location : Pimlico, London
  • Size : 120sqm


Wilson Holloway were invited by long-term collaborators Sella Concept to join forces on the renovation of a vacant Public House in London's Pimlico neighbourhood. Taste-makers Sella Concept led the interior direction, with technical design support, town planning, and project management by Holloway and Li.

Drawing on his experience as a hotel and restaurant operator in Egypt and Turkey, our client Omar Shaaban, gave the team an open brief to transform this derelict site into an intimate restaurant/bar experience, serving mediterranean influenced small plates by chef Vincente Fortea, along with a selection of exotic cocktails.]

The ground floor has been opend up to provide an open feel to the space, with a bar and lounge to one side, with more formal dining settings to the other. The result is a light-washed, voluminous space that’s tracked by radial lines and circular motifs against a backdrop of cool terracotta walls, scalloped timber slats and earthy rusty hued banquettes, and furnished almost transparently with streamlined Carl Hansen chairs and asymmetrical brass pendant lamps that call to mind solar phases.

The project threw up many challenges, not least due to it's status as a Listed Building. Alterations to the external elements were heavily restricted, and permits had to be obtained for the opening up internal partitions and the removal of fixed elements installed by the previous tenants over past years, following many changes of ownership.

We are pleased to have been a part of this project and breathing new life into a forgotten and characterful building.

Photos: Nicholas Worley