London’s seafood pioneer, Scott's (it’s said to have the best fish in town), has given its basement private dining room an interior spruce up and, alongside it, added a whole new space for events and parties at the cost of £6million. launched in May, we’ve had a sneak peek…
Scoring a table at this seafood temple on Mount Street can be difficult – which, of course, makes its private dining room all the more appealing. Adding to that appeal is its entirely new look and design, transforming the space from a dated mahogany mecca to a colourful celebration of the sea.
Looking at the main private space downstairs, the wood-panelled walls were replaced by verre églomisé (gilded and painted glass mirrors), displaying an underwater playground of fantastical fish, flora and fauna. This is complimented by a tropical fish tank bar with a marble top, a shimmering gold ceiling and marble walls. The glamour of this restaurant is reflected in its new interiors, that’s for sure.
The downstair private space has been given a fresh look and we like it!
This is the place for large private dinners, with a dining capacity of up to 40 on round tables (alternatively, you can fit 24 people on a long table). Receptions work well here, too, with a 50 standing capacity – and with the impressive bar described above, serving the drinks will be a breeze.
The tropical fish tank bar with its marble top is gorgeous
Moving on to a brand-new space, The Platinum Arowana Room, which has been added to the main restaurant on the ground floor, is also looking fab. Named after one of the world’s rarest fish, this an intimate one, only seating up to eight people (ideal for discreet business lunches). This space also boasts the title of the world's most expensive restaurant interior with The Evening Standard reporting the cost of the interior updates per person come in at £750,000. It's here that you'll also find an exclusive £200-a-head menu that you will have to order five days in advance.
We love the show-stopping green, semi-precious stone floor, which is a stark contrast to the mirror-panelled walls. The latter is covered in paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Joan Miró, Émile Bernard and Marc Chagall. The space is perfectly over-the-top, with an impressive ceiling, too.
The Platinum Arowana Room is fabulously over-the-top
Food-wise, Scott's is the place for sublime seafood and some thorough spoiling, backed by service that is second to none. Head chef David McCarthy will create bespoke menus for the downstairs PDR using seasonal produce, whereas guests in The Platinum Arowana Room will have to order off the impressive à la carte. Alongside the finest fish and shellfish, it features a variety of meat and seasonal game.
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