Behind Bengal, Part Two

Behind Bengal, Part Two

We showed off the New Street Grill and the Fish Market a few days ago – but that’s only half of D&D London’s Conran-designed Old Bengal Warehouse. In Part 2, we hit the bottle, and take you round the New Street Wine Shop, and the Old Bengal Bar.

New Street Wine Shop

New Street Wine Shop stocks an impressive collection of fine wines and spirits (just like the warehouse did 200 years ago), but remains deeply unpretentious. The decor is utilitarian – warehouse-like, in fact. There are tables to accommodate tastings, and a simple bar menu is available. Purchases are carried away in fetching, Burgundy-dipped jute bags.

Wine novices shouldn’t be put off, either: colour-coded labels guide newcomers through the wide range of wines on offer.

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Enjoy some charcuterie at the New Street Wine Shop (© Paul Raeside)

Old Bengal Bar

Cool Londoners are on a perennial hunt for new cocktail bars: bars that can make exciting new cocktails, as well as get the classics right. The press received so far by the Old Bengal Bar (like this, and this) suggests they may be doing just that.

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London’s hottest new cocktail hangout, the Old Bengal Bar © Paul Raeside

From a design perspective, the interior of the Old Bengal Bar takes its cues from the more stylish of London clubhouses, by way of Brooklyn (the seafarer’s prerogative?). The walls are raw brick and the ceiling is dark wood; the sofas are leather and excessively squidgy. The Old Bengal Bar also features a courtyard garden and outside bar, if you happen to be in the rain gods’ good books.

If you’re forced inside, don’t be disheartened: you can admire Nadine Mahoney’s wonderful paintings:

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Nadine Mahoney’s portraits of naval officers © Hoxton Art Gallery

I wanted to evoke a sense of two cultures. The palette of turquoise, fuchsia and copper were chosen to contrast the traditional pose of military figures and capture an imagined sense of history and adventure in an exotic land.

So, there you have it: our tour of the Old Bengal Warehouse. You can browse more photographs on our Facebook page – or check it out for yourself.

Thanks to Paul Raeside for the photographs