Inspired by Victorian glamour and grandeur.

The Soak - Photographer: Franklin & Franklin

Taking inspiration from the Grade II listed building it is housed in, The Soak is a perfect fusion of glamour and grandeur.

Its historic architecture radiates a level of charm and majesty only authentically evident in venues that are truly steeped in history and shrouded in the mysteries of days gone by. The Soak is located at the heart of the first of the great Victorian railway hotels – The Grosvenor – which has embarked on an extensive refurbishment project ahead of its transition to becoming Amba Victoria, the newest addition to Amba Hotels.

The Soak - Photographer: Franklin & Franklin

The Soak - Photographer: Franklin & Franklin

Situated in the trendy area of London Victoria, the venue boasts a unique menu built around signature-soaked flavours created through the art of fermenting, pickling and brining.

The restaurant exudes the richness of a Parisian chateau, expertly intertwined with the vibrancy of the bustling city it sits within.

Brand agency CAB Studios and interior design studio MAS meticulously designed the space to showcase The Soak’s impressive period features, from the elegant arched windows to its high ceilings.

With its classically chic appeal, the eatery and bar is further enhanced by the delicate leaf interior design that reflects the exquisitely carved foliage on the building’s external Victorian stonework.

The stunning and stylishly lit curved bar takes centre stage, creating an impactful and memorable first impression.

It is approached via a pathway comprising of Solus’ eye-catching and intricately patterned Grandeur range.

The Soak - Photographer: Franklin & Franklin

The Soak - Photographer: Franklin & Franklin

The impressive bespoke tiles in Derry also forge a subtle but distinct barrier between the bar and seating area, creating an interesting contrast between the midnight blues, rich reds and deep mahoganies of its surroundings.

Solus’ striking Format range, encapsulating the character of cement and dynamism of city life, can also be found in the bathrooms where the bold charcoal grey Ansbach tiles juxtapose with the delicate design of the dining and bar areas.

Amber Watters, Director of MAS, said: “The architectural appeal and splendour of this building was the inspiration behind The Soak. It was imperative that its character was woven throughout the entire project, touching every element.

“The bar is a key feature, so we wanted it to stand out and make an immediate impact on guests as they arrive. To achieve this effect, we required statement tiles with a real ‘wow’ factor. Solus was able to use its expertise and experience to understand the concept we were looking to accomplish, sourcing the stunning Grandeur range which perfectly complements the venue’s ambiance.”

John Rose - Solus Area Sales Manager added: “The Soak is a prime example of how Solus can get to the heart of a project, providing bespoke tiles that create a real ‘wow’ factor while perfectly reflecting the desired ambiance and atmosphere of a venue. This particular building was a gift, emanating a beauty and splendour that lends itself to the chic and stylish effect that MAS and CAB Studio have conceived.”

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Photographer: Franklin & Franklin