evans & peel detective agency

Conversion of a basement Thai restaurant into a 1920's speakeasy bar with the masquerade of a detective agency.

earls court road, london

completed: summer 2012

The existing Thai restaurant was entered at ground floor level, but mainly occupied the basement. The entrance is inconspicuous in appearance and resulted in a restaurant without a public frontage. 

The concept of the proposed restaurant draws its inspiration from 1920's prohibition style restaurants which were, at the time, illegal drinking establishments set up in the U.S. by locals in response to harsh state licensing laws. Many were masqueraded as business establishments to evade the police. 

At the earls court road establishment, customers first enter the smoke screen of an old fashioned private investigator's office, before continuing through to the restaurant via a hidden door. Contrary to conventional food and drink establishments, it was a conscious design decision to create a discreet entrance.

Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire (01433) 695560
Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester (0161) 8813031