The Dolls House set to expand to new site in Peckham


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Adam Towner and Katy Rosewarne are to open a new outpost for their Dolls House concept in Peckham, south-east London, in June.

Taking over the site of the Clayton Arms, it follows the success of their former pop-up The Dead Dolls House in Hoxton Square and their permanent sites The Dolls House in Islington and The Dead Dolls Club in Bethnal Green.

The Dolls House will again feature hand-drawn décor, created with marker pens, alongside work by local artists such as huge street paintings by Roa and Phlegm.

Referring to her work as creative director on the Islington and Hoxton venues, Katy said: “I love Quentin Blake, trompe l’oeil wallpapers, illustrative picture frames and all of that lovely ornate antique furniture you get in national trust stately homes – and since we can’t afford that, I just draw it instead.”

The new venue will feature The Parlour open to the public as well as The Ballroom on the first floor, a-30 cover restaurant and members’ area open from 11pm onwards. It will also have a seated outside space.

Adam said: “We’ve so far stayed in east and north London just because it’s near home for us, but over the last year or so lots of our staff have upped and moved to Peckham – as have our house jazz band Kansas Smittys’ – so our curiosity was piqued.

“’Why not take the club to where its staff live’, we thought. The suggestion was received with such excitement by our customers that it seemed almost fated that The Dolls House should be part of the renaissance that’s already happening in Peckham. I’m certain we and our members are going to feel at home there.”

The membership policy for the club will be simple and welcoming: apply online and on acceptance simply turn up with a bottle of “posh, top-notch liquor” from an approved gift list.

It will serve a food menu similar in style and quality to that of its north London counterpart including classic dishes created from locally sourced ingredients of high quality such as the 45-day-aged Dexter sirloin or the duck-fat chips.

The Dolls House cocktail menu will offer twists on classics such as the Amaretto, Whisky and Pisco Sour, the Negroni and the Old Fashioned.

The entertainment programme will include a “jazz rave” every Saturday by The Kansas Smittys’ house band as well as DJs on Fridays.

The venue in Clayton Road will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 1am, Fridays from 5pm to 3am, Saturdays from midday to 3am and Sundays from midday to 11pm.

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