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Industrial chic meets crafted elegance chez Arthur Hooper’s

Today’s travels take us just over London Bridge from The Idealist Towers to a stone’s throw from Borough Market to visit Arthur Hooper’s, a Victorian fruit sellers turned modern European restaurant with world-class interiors, beautiful food, and wine by the glass. 

Industrial chic and leather and crafted wood elegance meet in this beautiful new restaurant overlooking London’s Borough Market. Featuring lighting from Idealist Modern Hero Buster & Punch, furniture from Stellar Works Utility collection by Neri & Hu, an elegant grey and black interior and art from acclaimed artists Matt Small and Dan Hillier, this is a beautiful, urban setting for a modern European restaurant.

The Idealist were lucky enough to be invited to the restaurant opening and before we got to taste the fantastic food, we were blown away by the attention to detail in the interior design. We spotted elements of Massimo Minale’s trademark style (his studio is just around the corner) the moment we walked in the door.

 This project was very close to our hearts. Our design is a glimpse into future trends in London’s most interesting larder, in the city we love

As you can see from the photos, the space has a Victorian vibe, reflecting its setting overlooking one of London’s most historic city markets. The floor is in hexagonal concrete custom tiles, the cabinetry is in rich dark wood, and Buster & Punch’s lights are in crafted steel cages.  “This project was very close to our hearts. Our design is a glimpse into future trends, whilst embracing London’s most interesting larder, in the city we love” says Massimo Minale.

There’s a suggestion of cobbled pavements in the black tufted leather benches and the table tops are marbled, recalling the marble slabs and counters of old. Furniture is by acclaimed design studio Neri & Hu for Stellar Works and is a mix of leather and wood in beautiful finishes.

The name of the restaurant pays homage to Arthur Hooper, who in Victorian times sold fruit from the building. The new menu, designed by Chef Lale Oztek, keeps it local by sourcing ingredients from Neal’s Yard, Cannon & Cannon and Bread Ahead.

We tried a burrata, samphire and almond salad and a side of harissa butter beans and charred tenderstem broccoli (both were beautiful) and were pleased to see they’ll be offering a wide range of wines from Liberty Wines by the glass — we were there at lunchtime after all! Dishes range from £4 to £16 which, given the setting, is also good to see.

Get The Look

Neri & Hu’s Utility collection can be seen here.

Pieces from their home collections are available from Heal’s here.

Buster & Punch’s lighting is available here

John Lewis carries a limited range of pieces including their designer LED bulbs here.

To find out more

Visit Arthur Hooper’s at 8 Stoney Street London, SE1 9AA or book a reservation via (OPENING TIMES: Monday – Saturday: 11am- 11pm, Sunday: 11am – 5pm)

Photo images of Arthur Hooper’s are courtesy Moon Ray Studio. Other photos are from designers featured.

  • Stephen hails from the north of England but has spent more of his life in Oxford, Cambridge, Boston and London than anywhere else. He lives in an architect-designed modern house in North London which was featured in which he is slowly filling with midcentury finds to complement the bare bricks and skylights. Stephen wishes he could afford all the things we feature on The Idealist.

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