London is filled with hotspots, especially when it comes to food. Nevertheless, the buzzing city still manages to surprise us. London-based architectural studio Michaelis Boyd helped transform the historic St Thomas Church into a gorgeous new restaurant and art space. This religious building has been blessed with not just any restaurant but Dudell’s. An authentic Cantonese restaurant by the original two-Michelin star award-winning Dudell’s, founded in Hong Kong in 2013. The idea has always been to create a space for both cultural and social purposes, where people can admire art while enjoying good food and drinks. Therefore, Dudell’s London consists of both a restaurant and art gallery with contemporary artworks. What better place to do so than a peaceful church.
Dudell’s London also reflects its origins as it’s inspired by traditional tea restaurants in Hong Kong, combing history, retro and contemporary touches. Stunning! As the founder of Michaelis Boyd explains:
‘Duddell’s Hong Kong is somewhat of an institution and we were delighted to work on this exciting new venture in London. When designing the space, we wanted to celebrate the building’s rich history and highlight the difference between old and new. We maximised the natural light that comes into the building to accentuate key heritage features and now the former church has a new lease of life.’
St Thomas Street, Southwark
London SE1 9RY