Albion is a restaurant that describes itself as a celebration of Britain and the local area in every sense – wherever it’s location. 451 were lucky enough to be present at the very early stage in the development of Albion Clerkenwell – the mother ship! We are at the drawing board and also in the empty shell a few months before opening. The architect, Isabelle Chatel de Brancion, gives us a behind-the scenes view into the process right from early discussions to the evolution of the space and the design. Working closely with the Proprietor Peter Prescott and Sir Terence Conran this is a shared interpretation of Britishness – from the red and white theme upstairs to the countryside theme in the British charcuterie and cheese section and the more industrial feel to the pie room. As Isabelle says in the film it is ‘all about the materials, no faking’.
Watch out for part two next week, Restaurant Part 2: The Proprietor. Albion is just about to open – is it all ready, have they got it right?