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Parabola at the Design Museum

Parabola is Prescott & Conran’s all-day dining space at the new Design Museum: high profile food and drinks at one of the most high profile museums in the world. The museum boasts a restaurant, a cocktail bar and a coffee and juice counter, as well as the Design Museum’s Members’ Room and private dining facilities, all housed within this striking modernist building, imaginatively renovated by John Pawson.


Both the restaurant and the members’ bar have been designed by Universal Design Studios, founded by Barber & Osgerby. With great views onto Holland Park (where trees make for a rare, lush vista), there is an array of both intimate and social spaces that have been carefully decorated. Large, highly polished pewter bars reflect the park’s life, making it the main and ever-changing element of the rich and textured space, with coloured timbers and leather interiors. The very special design of these spaces feature some principal archival and bespoke furniture pieces and lighting, created specially for the Design Museum by Universal Design Studio, working with leading manufacturers such as Benchmark, Flos and Vitra.


The Coffee & Juice counter bar, located on the ground floor just off the atrium, was designed by John Pawson. Choose from coffee and juices, breakfast, salads and sandwiches, to cakes and biscuits, both to eat in and take away.

During the day, the Parabola restaurant (named after the iconic mid-century modern roof of the building) offers informal all-day dining under the guidance of talented young head chef Graham Blower. The menu varies from breakfast options (such as Silfield Farm bacon & Burford brown eggs on English muffins with hollandaise sauce), to sharing snacks, sandwiches, puddings and British cheeses alongside light and healthy options like Buckwheat tabbouleh with violet artichokes, or heartier dishes such as Launceston lamb pie.

In the evenings, Parabola will be home to some of the world’s leading chefs. Rowley Leigh will be the first of a unique regularly changing guest chef series, which will include well-known culinary talents as well as emerging talents of the future, from the UK and beyond. Rowley Leigh is one of the UK’s favourite chefs and writers. His menu proposal will be changing regularly during his two-month residency, and it will include classic dishes such as the Parmesan custard and anchovy toast, Partridge in pancetta with cabbage chartreuse, Peppered venison cutlets with quince and Celeriac and sea kale with fonduta and black truffles.

Rowley Leigh will be cooking at Parabola until 28th January 2017. Forthcoming guest chefs will include: James Ramsden, from Michelin-starred restaurant Pidgin; Oliver Rowe, London-based chef known for his ultra-local sourcing; Stephane Reynaud, French chef and bestselling cookery writer; Jeremy Lee, former head-chef of Blueprint Café, the Design Museum’s restaurant at the museum’s previous location; Shaun Hill, chef of Michelin-starred The Walnut Tree Inn, Abergavenny, Wales; Martin Morales, Peruvian chef, cookbook author, ex-DJ and restaurateur with Ceviche, Andina and Ceviche Old Street restaurants; The Paris Pop-up by Harry Cummings and Laura Vidal, the gastro-initiative they imagined while working together at Frenchie restaurant in Paris; and Marianne Lum, MasterChef finalist, and executive chef at Marianne in Notting Hill.


Parabola is another very good reason to visit the new Design Museum which is, indeed, the world’s leading museum devoted to all forms of design, including fashion, architecture, product and graphic design, absolutely everything SEEN loves!

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