Design showcase: A new look for landmark KPH pub

London pub the KPH – or Kensington Park Hotel – has reopened. The Ladbroke Grove venue closed in 2017, but has now been refurbished by Harcourt Inns, which specialises in saving iconic neighbourhood pubs.

The KPH has been redesigned by Liana Braune of design group Zaffera.London, to provide a first floor dining room and a traditional pub space downstairs.

The wood-panelled bar has been relocated to improve customer flow, and to encourage interaction and conversation. An abundance of tables and stools, in alternating wood and metal, has been provided, with tables built around existing pillars.

The upstairs dining room, once a theatre, now offers a more sophisticated extension to the pub, boasting contemporary wallpaper but keeping to the feel of the rest of the pub.

Artwork has been sourced or commissioned from local photographers to emphasise community links, with images referencing nearby Trellick Tower and Notting Hill Carnival. The building benefits from high levels of natural light due to its large windows.

Once a popular music live venue, the KPH hosted the first gig by singer Tom Jones and was a favoured drinking venue for Mick Jones of The Clash. It will be announcing a music programme in late summer.

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