Libertine London
Where old meets new in the vaults beneath The Royal Exchange

Set in the heart of London in a breath taking location within the vaults beneath The Royal Exchange, The Libertine’s impressive architecture and interior make it the perfect spot to enjoy dinner or a tipple.

Built in 1571 it’s steeped in history, the site sits on the location where the very first royal alcohol licence in Britain was granted adding to it’s intrigue.┬áThe bustle and opportunity around the old Royal Exchange attracted merchants, heralds and rogues from across the city as well as further afield.

With this in mind the artworks focus on the history of the building, drawing inspiration from those characters that frequented The Royal Exchange. Old meets new with traditional portrait artworks elevated with a contemporary twist. This clever juxtaposition works to creates a range of fun, quirky artworks that add to the character of the building.

The framing style and impasto finish give the look of authentic oil paintings and sit perfectly against the exposed brick of the vaulted rooms.

The concept behind the dressing in the WC’s was taken from a humorous and memorable complaint made about the Royal Exchange and the market stalls: “In 1622 complaint was made of the rat-catchers, and sellers of dogs, birds, exotic animals, plants, &c., who hung about the south gate of the Bourse, especially at exchange time.” The design plays on this and the artwork includes antique prints of some of these exotic birds and wildlife.

Interior Design: Studio Found

Photography: Billy Bolton