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Brief Published: 5 Aug 2011

Bistrotheque 88*


As time machines go, a Mumm Champagne-stocked speedboat is the way to travel in style.

At the end of last month, hip East London nightspot Bistrotheque gave Londoners the rare chance to cruise their way up the River Thames to its new pop-up restaurant 88*, celebrating the luridly coloured excess of the 1980s all the way. The final destination was a restaurant in a soon-to-be-demolished building in the banking district of Canary Wharf – one of first buildings to be established in (of course) the 1980s.

The pop-up came under the umbrella of London’s Restaurants in Residence series – a showcase of four of the best restaurants to have emerged from the city’s clandestine pop-up scene. The temporary restaurant boasted a chequered black-and-white lino floor, graphic slogans, and uniforms created by British designer Giles Deacon.

Restaurants in Residence