Some hugely exciting news for art lovers in Notting Hill: Ladbroke Hall has been reincarnated.
Well, it’s hugely exciting news for all arts lovers in London. Some will just have to travel further than others.
Originally built as the HQ & car showroom for Sunbeam Talbot Motor Company, the century-old, Grade-II listed building has just been given a dream £30m makeover courtesy of Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail. The pair have called upon some the most accomplished minds in design – including Vincenzo De Cotiis, Michèle Lamy and Sir David Adjaye – to transform Ladbroke Hall into a modern art mecca. Pieces by Yinka Ilori and Adjaye himself adorn the walls, while a huge studio space plays host to a series of exhibitions, installations and performances.
In this day and age though, it’s not enough to just be an art gallery. So Ladbroke Hall is described as an ‘art ecosystem’, meaning that the cutting edge ideas extend to other creative spheres like dining and drinking. Adjoining the studio you’ll find Pollini, a restaurant designed by De Cotiis that features a head-turner of a chandelier in the 60-cover dining room, original art from Christopher Le Brun, and its own private garden (that’s put to good use in the Italian menu).
Ladbroke Hall’s bar and lounge, named ‘Lamyland’, has been left up to Michèle Lamy’s devices (no bad thing; she’s an icon in French fashion and culture, and her old restaurant in LA, Les Deux Cafes, was one of Hollywood’s hippest spots before it closed). Her vision is for it to be an-all day hangout with pop-up art installations, a recording studio and a strong focus on music. In fact, Ladbroke Hall plays host to live jazz every Friday evening, with the option for you to order dinner while you listen to the likes of Mark Kavuma and Rachael Cohen.
So truthfully, Ladbroke Hall is a hugely exciting opening for food and drink fans, music people… even horticulturalists.
NOTE: Ladbroke Hall is open daily. You can see what’s on, and book tickets, HERE.
Ladbroke Hall | 79 Barlby Road, London W10 6AZ
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