The St Martin’s Lane entrance is purposely unassuming (as a good private members’ club entrance should be) but once one steps inside Theatreland’s LIBRARY there is plenty to shout about, and no horn-rimmed custodians to shush you for doing so, despite the tongue-in-cheek signage. In fact with everything that’s going on here it seems like a lively atmosphere is not only unavoidable, but encouraged; all-day dining, live entertainment and a literary society are just a few of the goings-on to generate a buzz around Ronald Ndoro’s new place.
Marc Petridis and the 19 greek street team oversaw the superb interior design. The studio’s sustainable ethos is evident in their tiling and surface materials, which are made from used alcohol bottles found around Soho. Another contributor to LIBRARY’s aesthetic success is Out of the Dark, an initiative for disadvantaged youths, which up-cycled classic pieces of furniture, and consultants ART NAKED are managing a revolving programme of exhibitions and installations throughout the venue. The main room, available for hire and boasting a double-height bar, mezzanine and mini stage is a major draw, and there are also six bedrooms, numerous lounge areas, a dedicated whisky and wine room and a gym opening in early 2015.