Designers turn restaurant into a beach hut

What happens when the restaurateurs behind the UK’s first Bombay Café, Dishoom in Covent Garden, decide to let their hair down and take a holiday? A make-shift beach hut.

Imagined, designed and constructed in 10 weeks, for the Festival of Britain’s 60th anniversary, the Dishoom Chowpatty Beach pop-up is making an impact on London’s Southbank.

Designed by Honest Entertainment in collaboration with Dishoom, the beach bar is a technicolor twist on the St Martin’s Lane original café. Open until October 4, serving Bombay street food and drinks.

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The design sees disregarded materials, furnishing and decorations ‘up-cycled’ and given a new lease of life. Freight pallets with a sunset wash of reds, oranges and yellows clad the outside of the building whilst reclaimed railway sleepers form bench seating on the alfresco terrace.

Also outside, brightly coloured oil drums function as stools and old painted tyres hold flowerbeds, whilst an arched walkway festooned with thousands of multi-coloured used carrier bags leads into the interior.

Once inside, jam-jar lights hang above the traditional bentwood chairs, playfully transformed with neon colours. Woven walls are made from second-hand sailing fabrics cross layered against each other, recalling traditional Indian Charpoy beds.

The walls contrast against a monochromatic, geometric floor that used to be an old cedar fence. Recycled plastic bottles and yoghurt pots make the colourful psychedelic bar fascia that runs the length of the venue to meet a wall created from 5,000 tightly-rolled old newspapers.

Additional walls and surfaces are given texture and intrigue courtesy of a bleached white eclectic collection of ‘junk’ rescued from skips and street corners. An eccentric Dali-esque clock hangs at the end of the wall and tells the time in London and Bombay via the moustaches of the two gentlemen in the image.

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