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Camino

Shoreditch, London

restaurant / bar

The Castile y León region in Northern Spain was the design inspiration for the fifth Camino site in Shoreditch. This region is characterised by its strong colour contrasts: dark greenery and dusty pink stones, warm wood tones and unglazed terracotta tiles, weathered walls and vibrant pops of red and mustard colours – which we brought together to create a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment. We worked closely with Richard Bigg, who was inspired to create Camino after a life-changing road trip all over Spain in the ‘80s. Many unique bric-a-brac items in the design have been picked up on his travels around the country from street markets and antique shops. Many of these, such as the antique map, vintage posters and hand-blown bottles, have been used to decorate the space. Housed in new development Principal Place, nestled between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations, Camino is a 75-cover tapas bar and 70-cover restaurant, accessible from the ground floor via the heated 40-cover outdoor terrace with festoon lighting. Upon entering, the bar dominates on the left, and features illuminated vintage Spanish posters behind shelving which were designed by the B3 branding team. The front of the bar is made from thin strips of oak with metal straps, resembling deconstructed barrels, and topped with a glass counter made from recycled wine bottles. This same reclaimed surface has also been used on the table-tops in the bar area. Bespoke lighting in the form of suspended metal cages holding bottles of varying shapes and colours, as well as futuristic illuminated resin tubes all feature in the bar. In the restaurant, we see more warmth in the rustic choice of colours and finishes that give the sense they have been touched by weather; brown leather chairs with steel frames, dark wooden tables, deep red and mustard banquettes and intimate booths, are all framed by terracotta-coloured distressed walls and rows of salvaged doors that cleverly divide the restaurant from the tapas bar and beyond. A combination of exposed lightbulbs, wall lights, lantern-style and delicate grape-shaped light fittings work to create a warm atmosphere and balance out the concrete resin floor. Three specially-commissioned traditional tiled murals designed by the B3 branding team adorn the walls, one of which is a fitting tribute to Bigg’s mode of transport on his first fateful Spanish adventure decades ago – his black Mini.