London is no stranger to luxury (or eccentricity), but one of the newest arrivals on the city’s hospitality scene has still managed to create quite the buzz. Bob Bob Cité, an upscale brasserie suspended almost 100 feet above the atrium of Rogers Stark Harbour + Partners’ Leadenhall Building, is the latest venture from Leonid Shutov, best known for his beloved Bob Bob Ricard in Soho. With interiors courtesy of Shayne Brady, who co-founded London-based BradyWilliams with Emily Williams, the restaurant is part cruise ship casino, part retro-futuristic diner, and utterly out of this world.
“In many ways, the design pushes the notion of good taste,” Brady says, “with a language that is definitive, distinguished, and truly unique.” A bar lounge joins red and blue dining rooms with 264 covers; three private dining rooms include anterooms for pre-nosh hobnobbing.
Rosewood marquetry throughout was crafted by Stan Tarver off-site and installed as complete pieces, while royal warrant-holders Dernier & Hamlyn conceived 800 bespoke light fittings, including 24 chandeliers to illuminate the 7.7 miles of mirror-polish steel trim held in place by 48,000 hand-polished “snake eye” bolts.
The love-it-or-loathe-it design might account for the buzz, but another suspect just might be the “Press for Champagne” button, which delivers the French libation with a single touch.