Galley Restaurant

Location: Islington, London

Commissioned by: Sapphire Business Interiors

Interior Design

Mika Burdett of Burdett Associates


The Galley located in fashionable Islington, North London, is the first restaurant to be opened by the brother and sister team of Marcel Grzyb and Oriona Robb. The pair had a distinct vision for their restaurant including an open plan layout enabling diners to observe the skill of the chefs, while at the front of the restaurant a bar would serve innovative as well as classic drinks. For all this they specified a high quality fit out.

The Solution

The designer worked closely with the client in order to develop the concepts for the interior, challenging in itself it being the very first restaurant they had opened. Though Galley may have been their first venture, with 10 years experience in running a busy kitchen head chef Marcel knew exactly what he wanted from the end result.

Working in close collaboration with the owners, designer Mika Burdett envisaged an interior with luxury furniture and for its part Craftwood worked closely alongside the design team to create seating to suit. With stitch fluted backs in a plush black fabric and sprung seats in Yarwood Dollaro Green faux leather the seating certainly conveys the right impression.

The restaurant was designed to have a vintage feel reflecting the locality, which is renown for antique dealers and shops selling vintage clothing and memorabilia.

The locale is also a favourite of designers and artists hence the interior designer’s desire to capture the air of informality and look of an artist’s studio.

The Results

With a convivial European cafe atmosphere, the Galley exudes style and sophistication, boasting “stunning interiors”, to cite Premier Hospitality magazine. The Galley was felt to be, “a class above anything else in the N1 dining scene both in design and the gastronomic experience.” High praise indeed!

With the restaurant having only recently opened the feedback received by its designer to date has been very positive and Craftwood is pleased to have contributed to the “richness of the interiors”, as they have been so described. We were particularly delighted to receive the following from the Lead Designer:

“Dear Heather and All at Craftwood,

“Thank you for your fantastic work and the beautiful result….we are all thrilled.”

 Mika Burdett

What more can we say?!!