The Alchemist, Victoria, London – England

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Building on the success of its 2022 redesign for The Alchemist’s Manchester Spinningfields site, DesignLSM has evolved the brand’s DNA, crafting a compelling design narrative centered around cosmic alchemy, drawing inspiration from humanity’s enduring fascination with our origins and the exploration of the universe. The design concept takes influence from the local area and its historic roots from the Victorian era – a pivotal period that catalysed scientific breakthrough.
Drawing inspiration from this, the captivating concept for the bar pays homage to ¬the significant strides made during this period, with the pioneering discovery of parallax – accurately measuring and mapping out the stars in relation to us, providing a revolutionary understanding that the cosmos is a vast three-dimensional space. Incorporating this transfixing revelation, the design ingeniously plays with perspective and illusion throughout.
An enchanting entrance tunnel sets the tone for the journey ahead, guiding guests through a celestial portal into a realm where time and space converge. Illuminated by dramatic lighting, the tunnel beckons with its ethereal glow, inviting patrons to embark on a transcendent voyage through the cosmos.
At the heart of the venue, the illuminated central bar, adorned with a symmetrical arched design lighting feature brings a theatrical feel to the space as it sits against a backdrop of moody hues, vivid bursts of colours and metallic finishes.
The walls are adorned with mesmerising projection artwork onto mesh and mirror, creating a dynamic interplay of light and shadow, mimicking the vast expanse of space dotted with celestial bodies. Whilst curated celestial motifs, solar manifestations, and space-inspired lighting delivers subtle nods to astronomical phenomena, intimate seating alcoves, opulent materials and intentional curved forms instill a touch of glamour.
With the final touches being applied to the construction, The Alchemist’s new compelling spot for drinks and dining is poised to establish its presence in London’s competitive scene, boasting inventive cocktails, emerging DJs, and an unbeatable ambiance from dawn to dusk.
Having successfully delivered re-designs of the brand’s venues in Manchester (Spinningfields, New York Street and MediaCity), Newcastle, and Oxford, DesignLSM is set to implement The Alchemist’s transformative design DNA into three other upcoming locations within London this year, each having their own distinct identity in line with the evolved narrative, with the Victoria site being the latest addition to the portfolio.

Photographer: Stevie Campbell.
Design: DesignLSM
Project description: Samphire Communications

The Alchemist
52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, England
Phone: +44 20 4552 2552


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