Darwin & Wallace to open fourth bar in London


All Bar One Chiswick

Bar and restaurant operator Darwin & Wallace is set to open its fourth site next year, transforming an old fire station in Chiswick in west London.

The large site (pictured), which was most recently an All Bar One, will become a stylish all-day dining venue and bar, serving coffees through to cocktails from morning till night. Dating back to 1891, it features a spacious outdoor courtyard.

Due to open in spring 2016, it will follow November’s opening of Darwin & Wallace’s third site which will be in another London “village”, Richmond. The group’s first two sites are No 11 Pimlico Road, which opened in 2012, and No 32 The Old Town in Clapham which opened last year.

Managing director Mel Marriott said: “Each of our bar-restaurants is a unique representation of the community it serves, with interesting and contemporary interiors. By working with a group of exciting young designers who are ahead of the curve we are eschewing standard, cookie-cutter decor and creating stand-out sites.”

Mel, who was formerly brand manager of Mitchells & Butlers’ All Bar One, launched Darwin & Wallace in 2012 to develop contemporary bar-restaurants predominantly in affluent London “villages”.

The business is backed by The Imbiba Partnership whose other current ventures – all in London – include Camm & Hooper, which owns Tanner & Co bar, the Banking Hall and Victorian Bath House, and Ruth & Robinson, which operates The 14th Colonie in Clerkenwell.

Update October 28, 2015: The new Richmond site is to be called No 1 Duke Street.

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