With a strong flavour of Prohibition-era New York and one of the most quintessentially American names imaginable, it’s a surprise to find ourselves in London’s Soho for the opening of Jackson + Rye, a café, restaurant and bar with a violin case full of vintage style.
Jackson + Rye has such a delicious speakeasy vibe to it one expects to be shot in the face with a whipped cream tommy gun at any moment, and it’s all thanks to the talents of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The secret to Jackson’s success is the devilish attention to detail – the patina of a chain-hung mirror, the shape of an opaline pendant – and some beautifully crafted bespoke furniture. The colours have been kept deep and dark to enhance a sense of intimacy, most noticeable in the olive booths with their marmoleum tabletops and wooden cladded surrounds, and the lighting is soft and shielded from harsh daylight by solid blinds. The perfect place for hooch bootleggers and high society alike.