Poppies of Camden Restaurant

Set in the heart of Camden Town, London, this 110-seater sister restaurant to the original in Spitalifields, takes customers back to the 1940s and London’s re-birth after the war.  Judged the best UK independent fish and chip restaurant (2014), Poppies serve up traditional fare, to eat in or take away, from some of the finest sustainable suppliers. To match that quality, we ensured fixtures and fittings from floor to ceiling are reclaimed or traditionally-made to create a lasting appeal for Camden’s discerning locals, creative office workers and tourists alike.

Situated beside MTV studios, an upstairs performance lounge, lit by a vintage fire brigade search light, creates a new venue for Camden’s music tradition and an evocative window display from the street. The lighting overlooking the two-floor restaurant is salvaged from a war-time MOD facility in Stirling, a 50s factory in Halifax and street lights by G.E.C.  Underfoot, reclaimed parquet flooring from a chapel in the north of England is set beside traditionally-made Victorian tiles and original 40s wallpaper.

An eclectic array of memorabilia is punctuated throughout, including a restored 1948 Wurlitzer 1100 Jukebox, reclaimed leather cinema seats and an original children’s puppet show. To finish off the look, a visit to the Thomas Crapper toilets evokes a London underground air-raid experience through a domed tunnel staircase lit by bulkhead lights.

Photography by Fisher Hart