• Alexandra Venkova

Design Crushes-London Grind

Updated: Sep 23, 2019


There you have it, another post related to design and favourite spaces. This time I am presenting you GRIND . Grind is a group of café-bars and four restaurants across London and it keeps growing. I am sure after reading this post you won't find that surprising. Grind is quickly becoming an empire and their spaces are pure magic. Sophistication, authenticity, quirkyness! I love not only their coffee (you already know me!), but their interiors as well. I am crushing again! This masterpiece of a coffee shop is work of the talanted Australian studio Biasol, whose philosophy is driven by detail, quality and technical precision, unified by an appreciation for design that endures the test of time.



Holborn Grind

199 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7BD, UK


Starting with Holborn Grind. The venue is perfectly capturing the transition from cafe to espresso bar, apposing modern details with vintage elements. Exposed brick, the favourite textured concrete render and recycled pale oak provides a raw backdrop upon which marble, brass and iron are layered, delivering an industrial effect. The space features an enormous bespoke system of shelves, inspired by a vintage London cocktail trolley - all suspended from the ceiling. The result perfectly passes on the feel and atmosphere of the neighbourhood, while declaring, “Love is the drug” in a cursive neon – a reference to one of the Grind & Co founder roots in the music industry.

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Covent Garden Grind

42 Maiden Ln, London WC2E 7LJ, UK


Covent Garden Grind is a coffee bar, cocktail and restaurant on Maiden Lane, in historic Covent Garden, which I discovered on the morning of my birthday. And what a pleasent morning it was... This Grind venue is inspired by traditional French bistro dining with a modern twist. Moving from the typical white toned brick walls, studio Biasol re-envisaged the space with feature pale green walls and contrasting dark stained oak paneling. The lighting plays an important part in this space. Plus another iconic neon signage, scripted in soft pink neon with lyrics from David Bowie’s Heroes.

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Clerkenwell Grind

2-4 Old St, London EC1V 9AA, UK


The last Grind I will tell you about today is Clerkenwell Grind. A transformed 19th-century warehouse. This restaurant and bar features white marble and velvet accents. Entering the space one can not miss the worn timber floors, that perfectly contrast with the luxurious aesthetics of the main dining room. Another signature set of brass lighting hangs from the ceilings, adding a warmth to the predominantly navy interior. My personal favourites here are the pink velvet chairs. Oh, and again the iconic neon signage, this time reading: "I can't help falling in love with you", to which my reply is "I can't either, darling!"

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I hope I inspired you to visit one of these Grind locations next time you visit London. I personally will, stay tuned for more crushes!



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