The Coal Shed’s London Debut, DesignLSM

As we near the end of our month looking at case studies from the hospitality sector I am thrilled to share DesignLSM‘s recently completed work for the launch of The Coal Shed, Tower Bridge, which included the restaurant’s branding and as well as tiling supplied by Porcelanosa.

The original Brighton-based restaurant was first opened back in 2011 by restaurateur Raz Helalat and has since built up a fiercely loyal following for it’s renowned grilled meat and fish menu.


Following the success of The Coal Shed and its sister restaurant The Salt Room, DesignLSM were delighted to help bring the award-winning concept to the iconic riverside destination of One Tower Bridge.

DesignLSM’s brief was to tailor the existing design to suit its new London locality, ensuring that the  scheme would appeal to residents and city workers within the area. We worked closely with Raz to create a luxurious and elevated environment, where diners can immerse themselves into the culinary delights of – ‘Meat, Fish and Fire’.


The Coal Shed is housed in a striking double height building with an impressive glazed façade, providing maximum visibility into the inviting restaurant space. On arrival guests are greeted into a warm and atmospheric bar area decorated with soft gantry lighting, aged brass screens and polished chevron flooring. An array of social seating is fixed around the bar, helping to set the overall comfort level and ambience of the space.


In the main restaurant, our designers utilised a rich and masculine material palette including green marble, burnt timber and aged bronze; injecting layers of contrast and texture into the space. A prominent feature is the open kitchen pass set at the back of dining area, which showcases the specialist charcoal cooking that The Coal Shed is famed for.


Upstairs leads to a stunning mezzanine floor that overlooks the main restaurant through framed black and steel screens. The dining area features bespoke wine units and unique displays of reclaimed leather belts illuminated by globe pendant lighting. Perfectly positioned at the back of the space is an intimate 20-cover private dining room, which opens out into the restaurant via frosted glass doors.

DesignLSM’s branding team updated The Coal Shed’s signage, stationery and logo to give the brand a fresh and refined look that could set itself apart from other London eateries.

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