Sussex and Napoleon Cellars, Berry Bros. & Rudd, London

Hospitality Venue

Delivered as part of the 2. St. James’s Street office project the Sussex Cellars create a brand-new venue, extending Berry Bros & Rudd wine tasting and fine dining experiences. A spectacular two storey subterranean vault was created, inspired by the Guastovino Brothers technique developed in the early 20th century.

A new commercial kitchen was also created as part of the scheme and existing facilities were re-organised to allow for the extension of the ‘Napoleon Cellar’ at the base of Shaw’s Allied Assurance Building and a lift was carefully inserted to provide dignified access for all for the first time.

It was necessary to form distinct circulation routes  for each of the venues, with access to the Sussex Cellars commencing in Pickering Place, the smallest public square in London, via a hidden door on the ground floor of the Georgia terrace, whilst guests to the Napoleon Cellar enter via the famous BB&R shop, in place since the 17th Century.

(Images of completed project courtesy of Galliford Try Construction & BB&R Ltd.)