Located at the bottom of Tower 42 near Bishopsgate in Old Broad Street. Broadleaf Bar and Restaurant was an accidental find one wintery day early in 2018.
What grabbed the attention of the Blenheim designer’s eye was the small attention to detail of applied logo onto the exterior planters. The metallic copper glistened against the grey of the low zinc planters we were walking past at the time.
Situated on the ground floor is the main feature - a long bar blending traditional pub fixtures and finishes with a simplified contemporary detail. The bar front is timber clad with mouldings which frame fluted panels. Downlights below the overly thick bar top highlight these panel details, a blackened steel footrail and the earthy coloured hexagonal floor tiles across the bar apron. The bar is showcasing large shiny copper vats, six in total, above the bar area.
The gantry above the bar and craft ale pumps is also blacked steel made using steel forged with high heat, and reeded glass across the front to diffuse the view of stacked glasses.
Large drainpipe size copper tubes extend from the copper vats above and really are a real enhancement and groupings of faux foliage at high level go some way to hiding the M&E services in a very congested part of the exposed ceiling.
A mustard yellow banquette seat with fluted back stitching stands out in front of sliding panels of combined mirrors and stained timbers in geometric patterns.
Across the other side of the restaurant is predominantly taller seating arrangements of high tables and stools in front of a longer banquette seat this time with brown and green leathers and diamond shaped buttoned back detailing.
The pace slows down and in this part of the ground floor it feels more like a restaurant with low ambient lighting levels and a wall of treasures, pinned butterflies, bell jars of curiosities elegantly showcased among some well-crafted joinery. This wall forms the backdrop to the raised booth seating area with a generous 8 diners per booth. The flooring across the ground level is timber herringbone parquet and arrangements of two tiled patterns.
Feature lighting consists of decorative pendants, brass table lights, wall and floor lamps giving the feel of a true artefact collector’s home, but inclusion of modern suspended black track and spot lights in aged brass effect create localised focal points highlighting details such as the inlayed brass details to table tops and picking up the copper and brass metal legs of the stools and table pedestals.
On approach to the first floor, which houses the washrooms and the another bar area, the customer is greeted with a steel staircase lined with concrete plaster effect, bulkhead lighting and numerous botanical and bird study etchings in frames. The colourful prints are another nod to the great exploration of exotic lands.
The bar on the first floor is widely different to the one below as it features bright colourful blues and pastel green tiles to the bar front and curved arches to the bar gantry in a pale sage colour. The seating is however similar and the muted browns and ochre leathers are once again repeated up on this level. The rear of the back bar on the first floor is more noticeable mainly due to the paler colour scheme but also to arched mirrors, halo lighting and bottle shelf displays suited to a cocktail bar environment.
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HN