Sexy Fish is the latest venture for Richard Caring, who owns The Ivy and Le Caprice. The interior features renowned designer Martin Brudnizki’s trademark mix of off-beat glamour. Rumour has it the space, influenced by the ocean and mid-century grand cafes, cost roughly £15 million. The floors are made of Esmeralda onyx marble, making the coral coloured seating and Michael Roberts’ linen-panelled ceiling all the more vivid. Frank Gehry’s delicate, iconic Fish Lamps draw the eye to the bar. A slinky black crocodile, also by Gehry, dominates one wall while a mermaid mural by Damien Hirst dominates the other. Foodies can sit overlooking the kitchen at a crackled, glazed strawberry-coloured Pyrolave lava stone bar. Downstairs in the Coral Reef Room, the chairs and bar stools are upholstered in aqua-coloured leather. Michael Roberts designed the patterned carpet, and the room is dominated by two vast live coral tanks, all the better for that submarine feeling.
Photography: James McDonald/Paul Winch-Furness/Mark Brumell