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Bar Area


Underneath the railway arches between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo an innovative restaurant and bar has been created. This is the third restaurant in the chain, the previous ones being in Commercial Road, E14, Waterloo and Kennington. The challenge to transform the two arches into a Thai restaurant was increased when it became apparent that no fixings to the internal faces of the arches were permitted. Therefore an independent structure was built inside the available space.








The design of the restaurant has been based upon a Thai Buddhist Temple complete with a ‘gold’ ceiling. At the rear of the building is the kitchen, staff accommodation and customer toilets, all fitted out to a very high standard.


The Bar


(Pictures courtesy of Whittaker Prestidge Architects)





The fast track first phase of the development hit the opening date, which was dictated by the first match in the 2006 Football World Cup.


The second phase of the project provides private rooms at first floor level and includes a state of the art golf simulator.


Although the project has presented a number of challenges throughout the 26 week construction period all involved with the contract agreed that the site meetings are the best they attend - excellent food and company make all the difference!



      Restaurant seating


Thai Silk (Waterloo) Ltd




Whittaker Prestidge Architects

Project Manager:

The NTN Partnership

Employers Agent:

The NTN Partnership

Structural Engineer:

Stuart Thomas & Associates


Total Construction


£0.6 m (both phases)