Darwin & Wallace announces Richmond as location for third bar


No 11 pimlico road

Bar and restaurant group Darwin & Wallace has announced plans to open a third site in Richmond in south-west London.

Due to open in November, it will have a large open kitchen and an intimate and stylish interior designed to appeal throughout the day into the evening. It will offer all-day dining alongside coffees, cocktails, wines and beers.

It follows Darwin & Wallace’s first two sites, No 11 Pimlico Road (pictured) in Pimlico and No 32 The Old Town in Clapham. The name and exact location of the new bar have not yet been revealed.

The company has again enlisted interior designer Lou Davies of Box9, architect Lionel Real de Azúa of Red Deer and graphic design agency Buro Creative to design the venue.

Managing director Mel Marriott said: “I am incredibly excited to be opening our third venue in my beautiful home territory of Richmond.

“At Darwin & Wallace, we always aim to avoid the obvious in all that we do with our properties, and this one is no exception as it is architecturally challenging.

“Our strategy is to open unique sites in London’s local villages and really take a tailored approach to each new space, drawing inspiration from each area’s own individuality.”

The vision for the new site is to be reminiscent of the area: lively and playful but also calm and reflective, highlighting the nearby Thames and the cricket green.

Mel has considerable experience in the creation of female-friendly and food-led bars, most notably as brand manager of All Bar One.

She launched Darwin & Wallace three years ago, backed by The Imbiba Partnership whose other ventures include operator Camm & Hooper, which owns London bar Tanner & Co and events spaces The Banking Hall and Victorian Bath House, and Ruth & Robinson which owns The 14th Colonie in Clerkenwell, London.

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