Bibendum Oyster Bar
The Bibendum Oyster Bar sits in Michelin House, of one of the most glorious Art Deco buildings and now bars in London – the former HQ of the Michelin Tyre Company. All around are reminders of its motoring heritage, with stained-glass windows of the iconic Michelin Man (think mummy with tyres for bandages) and original floor and wall tiles depicting historic motor races. Lifestyle supremo Sir Terence Conran added this building to his empire of restaurants and design shops in 1987, naming it after the Latin toast ‘Nunc est bibendum’, or ‘Now is the time for drink’. On-site there is also a coffee bar, a seafood deli, a formal restaurant upstairs and the Conran Shop, Conran’s high-end modern furniture and design store. The Oyster Bar is ideal for casual yet sophisticated lunches and quiet dinner trysts, and with the exception of the fresh soups all food is served cold. The seafood platters are the signature dish, and are usually accessorised with champagne and extra caviar on the side, and, of course, plenty of toasts.