Often featuring deliberate references to the tastes and styles of bygone eras, all the interiors in this book are united by a wonderful blend of vivacity and individuality, as well as displaying a great deal of passion and dedication in the creation of a unique space. At the same time, the Englishness that characterises these interiors is often a diverse assemblage of traditions and tastes from every corner of the world, not only reflecting the historical make–up of British society but also the far–reaching knowledge–base upon which the creators of these glorious interiors have been able to draw.
From a bizarre magician s house in London to a wildly entertaining hotel in rural North Yorkshire, there is ample evidence across England of the creative output resulting from this heady mix of enthusiasm and expertise. Historical fantasies sit alongside glorious 21st–century expressions of maximalism, from Walpole s stunning little play–thing house at Strawberry Hill in Twickenham to the newly opened Great John Street Hotel in Manchester where the style is joyfully described as New York meets vintage chic . Quirky, intellectual, stylish or humorous, all the interiors in this book serve as a glorious testimony to the richly creative tradition of English eccentricity, past and present.
I: ECCENTRIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Il Bordello, Bristol, Somerset.
Loungelover, Shoreditch, London.
Crab & Lobster/Crab Manor Hotel, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Middlesex.
Simon Drake s House of Magic, London.
The Bath House, Stratford–upon–Avon, Warwickshire.
Yew Tree Inn, Cauldon, Staffordshire.
Rules Restaurant & Private Rooms, Covent Garden, London.
II: HISTORICAL ORIGINALITY.
Southside House, Wimbledon, London.
Charleston, Lewes, East Sussex.
The Gothic Temple, Stowe, Buckinghamshire.
Dennis Severs House, Spitalfields, London.
Beckford s Tower & Museum, Bath, Somerset.
Russell–Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, Dorset.
Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Minterne House, Dorchester, Dorset.
III: CONTEMPORARY PASSIONS.
43 South Molton Street, Mayfair, London.
Three Ways House Hotel, Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire.
Old Railway Station, Petworth, West Sussex.
Courthouse Hotel Kempinski, Soho, London.
The Deco/Northampton Jesus Centre, Northampton.
Richard Adams House, Chelsea, London.
Great John Street Hotel, Manchester.
Julie Arkell s House, Islington, London.