Our latest hospitality design project at Draughts Cafe has seen The Halo Group's reputation grow within the commercial interior design sector. Draughts Cafe is situated in Leake Street in a former railway arch next to a famous Graffiti Tunnel in Waterloo. The tunnel has been brought back to life to provide a collection of independent bars, restaurants and entertainment spaces that celebrate urban culture. Following investment into the sensitive restoration of the railway arches as well as the introduction of a new, state-of-the-art lighting system, (designed in collaboration with graffiti artists to better showcase their work) Leake Street has become home to seven new independent businesses including Draughts Cafe.
The project brief was to provide a full turnkey solution, converting the 2000sq/ft brickwork double volume arch on Leake Street into the latest exciting venture from the team behind Draughts London. Our client wanted us to create an interior that was warm, welcoming, engaging and easy to navigate. The mezzanine structure was a key part of the brief, which maximised the use of the space and helped create a more flexible event venue. The Halo Group's brief included the design, styling and installation of all elements of this hospitality design project.
The first thing that strikes you as you enter the space is the selection of colours including a subtle fusion between dark teal and varying shades of geometric patterns with pastel pinks, greys and whites which all help to set the tone for the space. The 1980s inspired interior includes the use of tiling patterns, lighting, geometry and a wide range of materials in a nostalgic nod to this iconic era. The eye is naturally drawn towards the tables which are far larger than standard tables often used in hospitality design projects. Designed by The Halo Group, these units have a surface area of 1000mm x 1100mm and come with a double layer design to house game boxes underneath the counter tops. Looking up towards the mezzanine the balustrade was designed with perforated metal angular sections which add a playful dynamic to the simplicity of the interior. Set against the backdrop of exposed brickwork and stunning architectural features our design really pops in a way many hospitality design projects fail to achieve. We are incredibly proud of the end result which we hope speaks for itself.