Hithe + Seek
Enjoy panoramic views across the river
Our brief was to create a destination bar attracting locals and hotel guests.
The wave formation of the timber slatted ceiling reflects the riverside location and guides guests towards the glazed façade which perfectly frames the views of Queenhithe Dock. The slats are angled to create a natural flow through the space and encourage views out.
They are deliberately free flowing and formed to soften the rectilinear space that protrudes out of the building. More timber slats run throughout the building and the closer they are to the water, the more organic they are.
With a ceiling of this nature, the biggest challenge, other than the support required to hold it up, was the coordination of all the other ceiling fittings, such as heating, ventilation and cooling, sprinkler heads, CCTV and lighting, a lot of which required sections of the slats to be removable to provide access to the ceiling void above.
Bespoke banquette seating steps down toward the full height windows to ensure uninterrupted views. The palette is minimal in its colour and materiality so as not to take away from the reflections of the façade dancing on the river.
Guests are invited to enjoy panoramic views across the river towards Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, the Tate Modern and beyond while sampling paired wine and food selections. The bar takes its name from its location above Queenhithe Dock, the only inlet on the modern City’s waterfront, and the last remaining Anglo-Saxon dock in the world.
- 4C Hotel Group
- London, United Kingdom
- Completed 2021
- Restaurant & Bar
- BREEAM Excellent
- Andy Stagg