The Hercules

London

Fuller's newest pub The Hercules offers casual dining on Kennington Road in Lambeth, within walking distance of major London tourist attractions. Named after the circus strongman Hercules, the pub brings the history surrounding the creation of the modern circus and Lambeth’s entertainment-rich past back into the spotlight, as well as craft beer, cask ale and contemporary British cuisine. 

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Client
Fuller, Smith & Turner
Location
London
Category
Pub Restaurant and Bars
Services
Design & Furnishing
Completed
March 2019
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The décor of the pub is referential to the local history – the walls are decorated with old pictures and promotional posters from London’s circuses during the height of their popularity. 

Prior to its redesign by Concorde, the pub was a Chinese restaurant and bedrooms. As such, a complete internal redesign was needed as well as new external decorations and signage scheme. 

The ground floor boats a lengthy new bar and comfortable seating area – the dining space is an open floor plan, plus a cosy cubbyhole with a fire.

Follow the stairs past the bespoke, hand-painted vintage rocking horse specially installed to add to the circus theme of the building, up to the new first floor function room. The new function room has a smaller, cosier bar perfect for hosting private parties, and in the centre of the room is a full-length shuffleboard table.

During the project there was a focus on stripping the building back to expose its historic core. The majority of the brickwork to the GF and FF was exposed and ghost writing painted onto the walls. The rooms were finished with timber and tiled flooring throughout for a more traditional look and feel.

Finally, there was an external refurbishment to the terrace areas with new fixed seating booths and decking installed. 

The new pub has been welcomed by the local community and tourists alike. The bar is exceeding all forecasted figures, so much so, The Hercules have installed a bigger kitchen to accommodate the demand for food. Concorde BGW also supplied additional furniture to increase covers.

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