Design studio Yabu Pushelberg has filled the walls at Berners Tavern with an enchanting collection of elegantly-framed artwork that creates an undercurrent of energy in an intimate setting.
The 'wittiness' of all the framed artwork is the designers' favourite aspect of the restaurant. More than 300 photographs - not paintings, although some are blown up to seem so - reinforce the grandness of the room. Hotelier Ian Schrager wanted his latest London venture to feel like a private gentleman's club, and the designers Yabu and Pushelberg "would like to think Berners Tavern has given some of the old established horses a run for their money."
Get the look
The most obvious way to steal the style is to create a gargantuan gallery of photos, but the secret to success is to find what inspires you most.
Designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg warn that "it's underwhelming when a space is too ‘perfect’ and lacks personality. The most interesting homes always have something that is slightly off-kilter." Be bold and experiment.
Who goes there
The restaurant, headed up by Michelin-starred chef-of-the-moment, Jason Atherton, continues to attract rave reviews and A-list diners, from Prince Harry and Kate Moss to George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Oprah Winfrey.
Arrive early or stay late to sip cocktails before the giant alter of alcohol (the bar). Worship at the temple of gin with a 'Dill or no Dill', and then sample the 'Vintage Vesper'.
"Egg, Ham and Peas" is the traditional British dish with a twist that got everyone talking.
10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP; +44 (0)20 7908 7979; www.bernerstavern.com