This summer, Selfridges launched its own rooftop bar and restaurant, ‘On the Roof with Q’ – a dining concept by Des McDonald that epitomises the ‘Great British Summer’ theme that is now a mainstay of design in the UK.
Using classic British design staples with a twist, Q was inspired by Victorian greenhouses, a choice that was practical as well as aesthetic.
The glass façade, which is so reminiscent of the traditional greenhouse design (helped by the long length of the restaurant), lets in light and ensures some stunning views of London. The retractable roof gives shade and shelter, but also a nice airiness when the weather is better.
The gardening theme is continued by the green carpet and wooden fittings, and is completed by the beautiful plants dotted around the restaurant and outside in the alfresco area.
While this secret garden might not have any bunting, the full-sized flags are a nice echo and tie into the restaurant’s red, white, and blue palette. The Victorian-style lamps above the bar are another nice touch, as is the neatness of the overall design – perfect rectangles, squares, and circles dominate this space.