Taking its name from the fashionable London address it occupies, Sloane Street Deli is a cosy neighbourhood joint whose artfully retro aesthetic is both soothing and refreshing. Opened a few years ago, it’s been recently revamped by London-based architectural designer Rawan Muqaddas who has imbued the interiors with a nostalgic elegance that channels the chic refinement of Parisian bistros, adding rustic French Provençal accents and contemporary artworks for a welcoming, lived-in ambience. Functioning as a café, deli, small market and eatery, the space celebrates community and good food as well as reflects the discerning taste of its Belgravia and Knightsbridge locals.
Taking advantage of the building’s large windows, Muqaddas has applied a muted palette of light-toned, earthy hues which, in conjunction with the abundant natural light, create a welcoming space underpinned by warmth and lightness. The venue’s original wall mouldings, hardwood floors and marble tabletops, which have been retained as a nod to Sloane Street Deli’s former incarnation as well as pay homage to the traditional European delis, have been complemented with bespoke timber furnishings incorporating rattan surfaces, soft leather upholstery in sensuous red hues and bronze accents.
Stepping inside, you are greeted by the sculptural volume of the deli counter brimming with bagels and fresh pastries, a smaller barista bar counter on the other side discreetly tucked against the shop front, and a market nook lined with shelves displaying specialty food. Clad in glossy, green-hued pencil tiles, the deli counter stands out against the marble and antiquated mirror backdrop, as does the barista bar amid the predominating cream, terracotta and natural wood hues. The deli counter’s sinuous volume is picked up by the curvaceous banquettes lining the dining nooks and the rounded corners of the joinery, while a curated selection of contemporary artworks on the walls accentuates the earthy colour palette. Designed for the daily customer in mind, the deli’s homely sophistication is sure to turn it into a neighbourhood staple in no time.