Situated in London’s recently redeveloped St. James’s Market neighbourhood, Aquavit is a 142 cover Nordic restaurant showcasing the very best of Nordic cuisine and design.
Inspired by Gunnar Asplund’s architectural design of Gothenburg City Hall in Sweden, Aquavit showcases an expansive dining space flooded with natural light and a simple aesthetic which perfectly reflects Scandinavia. A curved parameter in rose gold mirror and timber panelling frames two private dining rooms located on a mezzanine level whilst a marble stone native to Sweden blankets the entire ground floor.
All photography by James McDonald
Two textile wall hangings by Olafur Eliasson and Barbro Nilsson provide a focal point for diners whilst the vivid patterns and colour palette of Josef Frank of Svenskt Tenn are utilised through the use of upholstery and tableware. A statement marble bar showcases the restaurant’s namesake, Aquavit, with an impressive tiered stand complete with distinctive Schnapp Fish decanters from Svenskt Tenn.
The restaurant also incorporates two private dining rooms, situated on the mezzanine level and with a modest design reflective of the contemporary Nordic home. Simple Swedish furniture and design details run throughout and the space incorporates leather, silk and wool all interspersed with antique chairs and bespoke wooden dining tables.