An award-winning London bar is undergoing a complete refurbishment that will add a restaurant specialising in Greek cuisine to its offering of late-night drinking and dancing.
The owners of Aquum in Clapham High Street have appointed Anastasios Tologlou, previously at London restaurants Medlar and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, as head chef. Inspired by the cuisines of the Greek islands, his menu will be a mix of sharing plates, light dishes and grilled meats.
Alongside the new dedicated restaurant offering, the bar will continue to offer a broad selection of cocktails but now with a number of recipes with Greek flavours. They will include a Greek Rose Spritz, made with Greek spirit Metaxa infused with rose petals, topped with prosecco, and a Greek Negroni made with Bombay Sapphire gin, Skinos mastiha liqueur, sweet vermouth and Campari.
The “chic and atmospheric” new interior is being developed with GMP, the design practice that worked on the bar when it originally opened in 2009 (pictured).
The new look will combine raw stone and dark leather seating with shades of petrol blue and impressive light installations. The ground floor and a basement space will feature onyx-wrapped bars as well as dining and drinking areas and a private events space.
Upstairs will be another bar and the new 75-cover restaurant, with the second floor providing a smaller room equipped with its own bar suitable for private dining and other small events.
Aquum, which has picked up awards including best new bar in the 2010 London Club & Bar Awards, will be relaunched on October 7.