8 | Hospitality Today | Spring 2017 Originally built to house the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Barbecoa’s building was first opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1883. The interior has been designed by Jamie Oliver together with his Director of Design & Developments, Justin Hardy. The design takes inspiration from the building’s heritage as well as incorporating contemporary influences. The ground floor features a wood-panelled bar, with the main dining room reached by a sweeping marble staircase. The glass-fronted cellar at the foot of the staircase holds a collection of over 2,500 carefully selected wines. Reflecting the area’s history as the heart of London’s bespoke tailoring (Jermyn Street is round the corner), Jamie Oliver has commissioned Private White to design the uniform for all the waiting staff. In memory of one of Oliver’s original mentors from the early days of his career at the River Café, the private dining room is named the Rose Gray Room and can seat up to 16 for intimate events and parties.