The Best Pubs Near London Train Stations

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Whether you’re waiting for a train, or have arranged to meet a friend near a mutually-handy station, you’ll want somewhere decent to get a drink. That’s why we’ve made this list of pubs near central London train stations. Every pub listed is less than a seven-minute jog from bar to platform. Some of them are on the platform.

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Paddington

If you’ve got a half an hour or so before a train departs, walk 15 minutes to the delightful Warwick Castle. Enjoy a half by the canals of Little Venice, then jog back in time for your train.

For an even swifter swift half, stay on the concourse — or, rather, a floor or two above it. Fuller’s Mad Bishop and Bear isn’t the kind of place you’d make a diversion to, but it’s perfectly good for a quickie. 

Pint to platform: one-minute jog

Marylebone

You can find a lovely pre-journey pint if you’re heading out to the Chilterns, but you’ll have to take a bit of a wander to do so. The Allsop Arms is the nearest pub to Marylebone station — barely a street away — but it’s nothing special, unfortunately while The Perseverance, two streets away, no longer operates.

For a really tasty pint, you’ll have to go a little further. The Thornbury Castle is a lovely boozer, if you’ll allow that it’s the south side of the Marylebone Road. Pints are quite expensive (as you might expect from the location) but the selection of ales is outstanding. Atmosphere and service are also beyond the call of duty. If you’ve got a knack for getting the traffic lights to turn just at the right moment, you’ll be fine. 

Pint to platform: seven-minute jog

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Euston Tap

Euston

The Euston Tap is frequently rated one of London’s best pubs — quite a compliment for a (almost) railway pub. Although it’s tiny, the beer selection is brilliant. The matching Cider Tap, in the lodge house opposite, does a similar thing for that beverage.

Pint to platform: three-minute jog

King’s Cross St Pancras 

There are two station pubs to choose from here, but Parcel Yard comes with a slightly higher recommendation than the Betjeman Arms. A Fuller’s pub, it’s got loads of space, and the beer and service are both very good. Plus, you can watch the trains depart from one of the windows if you like that sort of thing.

If you’ve got more time, you could sally up the Caledonian Road to the small but characterful King Charles I, but then you really better had leg it back — and, given how cosy that place is and what good tunes they play, you won’t want to.

Pint to platform: two-minute jog

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Moorgate

Oh dear. No wonder so many City types love to jog — they’ve probably had loads of practice pegging it from the Jugged Hare to catch the last train back to Hertfordshire. The Artillery Arms is good if you like a Guinness. But both of those are a brisk 10-minute walk from the National Rail platforms (or the same distance to Old Street, where you can usually pick your train up a minute or two after it leaves Moorgate).

But The Globe on the corner of City Road and London Wall is not bad, and is definitely the nearest pub to the station. A Nicholson’s boozer, there’s plenty of room to stand out front if it’s sunny, or you’re smoking, and it’s got two bars so service isn’t as slow as in neighbouring pubs.

Pint to platform: three-minute jog

Liverpool Street

You lucky pubgoers. There’s a busy Wetherspoon (the Hamilton Hall) right on your doorstep (a one-minute stroll to the platforms), as well as gorgeous Spitalfields pubs like The Ten Bells and the Pride of Spitalfields (both a 10-minute walk).

For somewhere nearby that’s a cut above the ‘Spoons, walk down Old Broad Street and visit The Lord Aberconway, a well-kept Nicholson’s pub that’s popular with local commuters and has a wide-ranging ale selection.

Pint to platform: two-minute jog

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Fenchurch Street

The East India Arms is a cosy corner pub with a wooden interior. It’s predictably expensive but if you’ve got £4 in your pocket and half an hour before the last train to Shoebury, they do a nice pint of Whitstable Pale.

It’s closed on weekends though, in which case we recommend the Bavarian Beerhouse, which is open til 1am on Fridays and Saturdays (and still has a photo on the wall from the time Jared Hasselhoff of the Bloodhound Gang visited. Us neither.)

Pint to platform: one-minute jog

London Bridge

Pubgoing commuters are spoiled for choice at London Bridge, but The Miller and the Market Porter are both exceptional pubs in their own, very different, rights.

The Market Porter has the edge though. You can stay out all night and grab a breakfast beer until 8.30am because of its license for market traders. Great, eh? (What do you mean breakfast beer isn’t a thing?)

Pint to platform: three-minute jog (avoiding Borough Market)

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The Market Porter

Cannon Street

Grab a table at Fuller’s pub The Banker and enjoy the Thamesside views just a stone’s throw from the station.

You might also want to try a newly-opened joint called The Pelt Trader, run by the same people as the Euston Tap - but obviously there’s none of the view, and it’s City prices. It does serve pizza, though…

Pint to platform: three-minute walk (either pub)

Blackfriars

If you’re north of the Thames-spanning platform at London Blackfriars station, which you probably are, choose your pub wisely. Shaws Booksellers, whilst expensive, has loads of tables and the beer is superb. They have lovely fancy Belgian beers as well as a nice selection of wines. The famous Blackfriar pub is also worth a visit for its incredible interior.

On the south side of the Thames, the Founder’s Arms has one of the best bar-side views of the Thames in Zone 1, even if it is pig ugly on the outside.

Pint to platform: two-minute jog (either pub)

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Charing Cross

Depending on how fast you can run, you could opt for The Harp — a much lauded ale pub on Chandos Place — but if you break a sweat climbing on a bar stool, head to The Ship & Shovell. It’s lovely old pub that’s a bit quieter than anywhere on Villiers Street, and space inside to sit. It also has the distinction of being the only London pub split over two completely separate buildings. Mind that it’s closed Sundays, though.

To get to Charing Cross mainline station, run under the arches and take the stairs from Villiers Street. The four platforms will be on your left.

Pint to platform: one-minute sprint

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The Harp

Waterloo/Waterloo East

Tucked out of the way on Roupell Street near the old worker’s terraces, The King’s Arms is a brilliant pub just two streets away from Waterloo. It’s an award-winning independent with loads of real ales (some from London breweries) and it also does Thai food. The pub’s also a great alternative to the South Bank proper, if you’ve done that to death a bit.

Pint to platform: four-minute jog

Victoria

In the midst of Victoria’s hustle-bustle, there’s a wilderness of pubs. Yes, there’s a Wetherspoon on the concourse, but it’s not terribly big, and if you have to sit outside in the winter it’s freezing. Plus, no smoking area. (Not sure it has a name, either.)

Real ale fans can while away a good evening at the peerlessly stocked CASK Pub & Kitchen on Tachbrook Street but it’s a 10-minute walk into Pimlico, so probably only worth if you’re having more than one.

The Windsor Castle (formerly The Cardinal) round the back of Westminster Cathedral is a little bit nearer, and it’s Sam Smith’s. A pint of bitter here costs £2.90.

Pint to platform: five-minute jog

Where’s your favourite place to pop in for a pint before your train pulls out? Let us know in the comments. You should also probably check out our extensive London pub database.

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Lee Ufan: From Point, From Line, From Wind. Pace Gallery, London

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Until 31st October 2015, Pace London presents its first solo exhibition of work by Korean-born artist Lee Ufan. The exhibition follows Ufan’s 2014 solo exhibition at Château de Versailles. Lee Ufan is a founding member of Mono-ha (“Object School”) and mediates on gesture and nature. The artist developed seven major series throughout his career, four of which respectively titled From Point, From Line, From Winds and With Winds form the major focus of Pace London’s exhibition. This video provides you with a tour of the exhibition on the occasion of the private view and book launch on the 15th October 2015.

Lee Ufan: From Point, From Line, From Wind. Pace Gallery, London. Private view and book launch, October 15, 2015.

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On the market: 1960s architect-designed modernist property in Trollasen, Sweden

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Not too far our of Gothenburg is this rather stylish 1960s architect-designed modernist property in Trollasen, Sweden. It is on the market too.

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The house dates from 1961 and has obviously benefited from very sympathetic owners over the subsequent 50+ years. All the details ate still in place, with a splash of modern-day style adding something to the pot too.

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It is a two-storey property that looks to have been built into a hill, with the main entrance and the garage accessed from the upper level, while the main living accommodation looks out onto the garden. A good view too with all the extensive glazing too. You can also see the sea, which is in walking distance of the house if you want more.

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Inside is a midcentury Scandinavian dream. Bright, open plan and with all that original details either intact or in keeping.. Wood ceilings (and some walls), vintage-style kitchen (mixing original units with modern tweaks), Scandi light fittings and spiral staircase. The coolest office you will see this week too.

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But not a museum. There are a lot of modern touches and finishes too, adding some contemporary Scandinavian flair to the original 1960s pieces. If you can’t afford to buy it, you can use it as inspiration for your own place.

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In terms of the living space, a tile hall takes you into heart of the house, where you will find the open plan kitchen and living room which also offers access to the patio. There is a further living room on the ground floor and a terrace, which is where you’ll find those sea views. Upstairs from there are two bedrooms and a bathroom.

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There’s also a lower floor, which is accessed via the spiral staircase. That’s currently laid out with a living room and a large office that should make your time at a computer screen a joy. Also here are ‘two possible’ bedrooms, one of which accesses the garden. A laundry room and bathroom finishes things off.

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It’s our idea of a dream house and if it is yours, the price is 4,800,000KR, which is around £372,000.

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Images and details courtesy of Fastighetsbyran. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

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On the market: 1960s Harley Sherlock-designed modernist townhouse in London N6

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Had a feeling this had been covered in the past, but the archives say it was a different, but similar property. It wouldn’t matter anyway, as this 1960s Harley Sherlock-designed modernist townhouse in London N6 has recently been refurbished, so worth a new shout regardless.

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The word ‘refurbished’ isn’t one we always like to see when it comes to mid-20th century modernism, but to be fair to the current owner, we are struggling to see where new starts and old ends (with the obvious exceptions) on with this Southwood House Estate property. A sympathetic job for sure.

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That means you can enjoy this early ‘60s design from the Andrews, Emerson, Sherlock & Keable practice without dealing with the plumbing and cooking space of the same era. No bad thing. There’s also been some rewiring and replumbing here, along with underfloor heating, upgraded glazing

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Anyway, the house is much the same in size, which means internal space of around 1,400 sq. ft. over its three floors. As for features, the large windows and their frames are definitely a selling point, as well as the open living spaces, the balconies, the internal doors and the original open tread staircase.

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Enter the house via the entrance hall (with guest cloakroom) and you’ll be met with  the open-plan kitchen and reception room, which runs from the front to the back, opening onto the garden.

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Head to the first floor and you’ll see a reception room at the rear and a bedroom with en-suite shower room at the front. More bedrooms are on the second floor – three in total plus a family bathroom. The master bedroom also has balcony access.

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The house also has a front garden with off-street parking for two cars, with  a private garden with brick paving and decking at the rear. A nice bonus leading on from there too, which is the rather lovely communal gardens.

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£1,495,000 is the asking price.

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Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit their website.

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  • So TalkTalk’s “heads and shoulders” cybersecurity as done by leading experts was taken down by a simple SQL-injection done by a 15 yo kid?

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  • Fuck Yeah Brutalism blogger Michael Abrahamson makes the Sunday Times Culture mag. Le Corb, not Corbyn.
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  • just might be the Chinese play. Clever.
  • and Hinkley will not help the steel industry with its £92.50 MWh price guarantee. If anything Hinkley will make it worse, but that
  • so blaming the £18/tonne carbon tax for this is deceitful.
  • … own graph seems to illustrate the opposite. The UK energy taxes seems to be the lowest of them all, both in real and relative terms.
  • The Sunday Times calling for reduced (green) taxes on energy for the failing British steel industry. Their own … https://t.co/rMlxRQPR5w

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  • Quite surprised by this, thought the Russia-Norway border was hard to cross. Well it probably still is if you are going into Russia.
  • “a lucrative trade in bicycles has opened up, with migrants buying bikes and pedalling the final few metres”. Migrants to Norway via Russia.
  • Cycling to Norway https://t.co/Sc2dbojVmJ
  • when front end hacked, the back end should still be pretty secure, yes? Unless numpties designed the architecture.
  • TalkTalk hack: as a minimum the sensitive fields in the database such as DoB etc should be encrypted.

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  • Hackers response: we don’t need no stupid password (and why don’t you use two-factor auth?). Bank detail?: we already have them thx.
  • “TalkTalk reassured customers it would never ask for a password or bank details without customers’ permission”.
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  • “Saxon Chronicles” (not read in our household yet, still trying to source first pocket of “Snorre”) is acknowledged though.
  • and hacks sometimes have to do these, right?
  • so thought it odd that GoT got so many mentions and “Vikings” none in a piece on “Last Kingdom”. But it’s a PR piece I guess.
  • Time period and some of plot (vikings and the power struggles between English kingdoms) seems to be shared with LK and Vikings
  • If I were a capitalist w available capital: must be a good time to invest in companies dealing in decommissions of steel and oil structures.
  • So sounds like the Beeb pretends not to know about “Vikings”; either that or they are reaching out to fans of “Game of Thrones”.
  • … as “Vikings” cover some of the same period (850-950) and deals with the English kingdoms. “Game of Thrones” gets mentioned 5-6 times.
  • The Times did a double page article in T2 yesterday on “The Last Kingdom” without once mentioning Amazon’s “Vikings”. This is weird as …
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  • Dyson sphere:”hypothetical megastructure … completely encompasses a star and captures … all of its power output” https://t.co/j6AcIE5E2J
  • “too tall for the helicopter … to carry him … and returned by ambulance - allegedly without having settled his brothel bill”. ST on Odom
  • “The internet didn’t kill Playboy; silicone and square boobs did”. (Sunday Times 20151018)
  • According to Sunday Times a new air traffic system (Sesar) will use sat-based comms to “give instructions to aircraft”. Crash by hack?
  • Morris columns, via FT architecture piece. https://t.co/95Dzl3ihuo

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  • Hilla Becher, photographer of water towers and kilns and other industrial buildings - RIP.
  • And you wonder while Britain wants to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights. Blood < money.
  • this while the Brits roll out the (blood?) red carpet for the president of China (human rights and free speech champions).
  • “Hammond, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, last month pushed EU officials to defer publication [of EU report on Turkey’s free speech ” (FT).

Current Obsessions: Serenity Now

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Here’s a look at a few things that grabbed us this week.


Elle Decor, Sliding Walls from Ikea | Remodelista

  • Above: Ikea has unveiled plans to add movable walls to their lineup in 2018. Photograph by Erik Undéhn.
  • A graphic guide to cabinet pulls
  • There’s a right way and a wrong way to clean a toaster


The Future Perfect, Warehouse Sale in Sausalito, CA | Remodelista

  • Above: If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by The Future Perfect’s warehouse sale, at 2658 Bridgeway Blvd., Suite 102, in Sausalito. 
  • On our wish list: A new collaboration scarf from Block Shop Textiles and Poketo. 
  • For $1,300 a month, you can rent a 220-square-foot studio in Brooklyn


Elizabeth Taylors Home at 700 Nimes Road via Vogue | Remodelista

  • Above: The new book 700 Nimes Road spotlights Elizabeth Taylor’s home in Los Angeles. Photograph by Catherine Opie. 
  • Cofounder and former art director of Kinfolk Amanda Jane Jones recently debuted her newest venture: Define Magazine

Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week


Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: Nikole Herriot

  • Above: On Instagram, we’re keeping up with maker Nikole Herriot (@nikoleherriot) of Herriot Grace. 


Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: Briar of Marble and Milkweed

  • Above: We’re pinning a serene bedroom scene via Briar Winters of Marble & Milkweed.


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Five city hacks that every Londoner should know

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Five city hacks that every Londoner should know

Ever wondered how to nab a cab during a rainy rush hour? Secure a ticket to a sold-out show? Get served in a heaving bar? The pros give Dan Frost the tricks…

43 fun things to do in London this weekend

The weekend’s rolled round again and it’s looking mighty fine! Bag some design beauties at Midcentury Modern or the East London Vintage Fair, celebrate…

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  • Thanks to the driver of the #100 bus picking me up at Blackfriars after the driver of the 00:25 #388 decided to leave at 00:23.

Professor Shoelace Teaches how to tie your shoes super fast with a knot

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Ian Fieggen’s OFFICIAL “Ian Knot” tutorial video. Teaches how to tie your shoes super fast with a knot that has the same or better security than the two other most common shoelace knots. Besides being faster, the Ian Knot is also more symmetrical, works equally for right or left handed people, and has fewer steps to memorize, all of which make it easier to learn. I hope you try the “Ian Knot”, the world’s fastest shoelace knot…(Read…)

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DIY: Upgraded Ikea Wood Countertops

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Noticed lately in high-end projects: appealing dark wood countertops, finished with a sheen. Here’s how to get the look for less.

The Inspiration

There’s a lot to like about this kitchen by UK designer Patrick Williams of Berdoulat; the polished dark wood countertops, the wall-mounted dish rack painted white, and the sparkly glass pendant lights.


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Above: A kitchen by Patrick Williams of Berdoulat in London has a pleasing mix of warm and cool, glossy and matte surfaces.


Bertoulat Kitchen Detail | Remodelista
 

Above: The dark wood countertops contrast with the pale walls and the clear glass light fixtures.


Bertoulat Kitchen with Wood Countertops | Remodelista
 

Above: The space is traditional yet feels modern in its pared-down simplicity.

A Trio of DIY Projects

Three design bloggers document their experiences creating low-cost, high-impact polished wood countertops using Ikea components and a bit of elbow grease.


Ikea Wood Countertops Stained Dark | Remodelista

Above: Erin of Stillwater Story shares a DIY tutorial on staining Ikea butcher block countertops; she used low-VOC Miniwax Dark Walnut 2716 Wood Stain. Go to Stillwater Story for step-by-step instructions.


This and That Refinished Ikea Countertops | Remodelista

Above: Vanessa of This and That used Beech Butcher Block from Ikea, prepped with Minwax Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and finished with Minwax Special Walnut 224. Go to This and That for full instructions (Vanessa says, “Warning: This is a really long post that is not that interesting unless you want to know how we stained our butcher block countertops and installed an undermount sink”).


A Country Farmhouse Ikea Finished Countertops | Remodelista

Above: Catherine of In the Fields, a blog documenting one family’s adventures in remodeling, spent $240 on countertop materials in her kitchen, including an $80 slab of Ikea butcher block finished with a Safecoat food-safe stain in cedar; for more info, go to In the Fields.

Interested in more low-cost remodeling projects? See A DIY Kitchen Overhaul for Under $500 and 15 Secrets for Saving Money on a Remodel. Trying to decide if wood is the best surface choice for your kitchen? Go to Remodeling 101: Butcher Block Countertops.

 

 

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Philadelphia Story: Two Creatives Tackle Their Own Kitchen

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Ada Egloff and Rick Banister bought their Victorian row house in South Philly for a steal back in 2007, when they were fresh out of college: “Philadelphia real estate: How is the secret not yet out?” she asks. They’ve been chipping away at their place themselves ever since. And though neither came to the project with remodeling experience, they each brought talents to the table: A former vintage clothing store owner and buyer for Anthropologie, Ada runs Young Ladies, a brand-consulting agency that fosters young design companies. She has the eye and knows how to source what she’s after. Rick is a UX (user experience) designer at Automattic who works on WordPress, and happens to be a hobbyist woodworker.

“The house had great bones—all original moldings, stained glass—but the 1990s kitchen was a nightmare,” she says: “Drop ceilings with missing tiles, beige linoleum floors, and flimsy oak veneer cabinetry. But we left it until we had saved just enough to do it right.” They gutted the room the summer of 2012, only to discover plumbing problems in that drop ceiling that derailed plans for the next six months

Finally back on track, they built out the kitchen over the course of many, many weekends, nights, and vacations, hand chiseling out the old tile and keeping a close watch on expenses every step of the way. Now complete with soapstone counters built from remnants and a secondhand Viking found on Craigslist, the kitchen is all that they had hoped. Total budget? “Since we tackled so much of the work ourselves, we were able to do it for under $20k,” says Ada.  

Photography by Michael Persico.

After


Ada Egloff and Rick Banister in their DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: Rick and Ada at their own coffee bar. 

Surprise detail? The floor looks like slate but is actually hardwearing porcelain tile found at Earthstone Tile Works in Philadelphia for about $6.50 per square foot. 


Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: The space is about 200 square feet, and Ada calls the layout “a U with a little extra something—sort of a G.” Of the setup she explained: “Workspace flow was really important. We do a lot of cooking and entertaining, and wanted to be able to move easily from sink to stove, and from island to fridge. We also wanted to maximize under-counter storage so we could avoid upper cabinets and keep the space feeling open and light. As it turns out, we have more storage than we even need with just one floating shelf around the perimeter of the room.”


Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: Rick built the cabinets with the help of their friend Tim Lewis, a builder/furniture designer who has his own Philadelphia studio. “The task of making them on our own would have been really daunting.” They’re birch plywood and have MDF fronts with hardwood-edge banding. The bin pulls are from Horten Brasses and the knobs from Restoration Hardware. (For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Bin Pulls.)

Ada and Rick bought the Viking range from a local seller on Craigslist—”it needed some updating and parts, but it was a steal at $500,” she says. The stainless exhaust hood is Ikea’s $399 Luftig.


Farmhouse sink in Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: The farmhouse sink is made by Alfie and has an Essen Single-Handle Pull-Down Faucet. Prepping the walls before they could be painted and tiled took some doing: “Two of the walls are structural, so we had to carefully chisel off the original early 1900s subway tile that was underneath the 1990s renovation,” Rick told us. “I wish it had been salvageable because they just don’t make tile like that these days, but much of it was damaged, so it had to go. We then had to wire mesh and reapply the masonry layers to those walls before we could plaster and tile. It was a grueling few weeks, but a good workout.”


Soapstone counters in Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: The new subway tile is Daltile’s three-by-six-inch Rittenhouse Square design in a semigloss with gray grout and the counters are soapstone: “By purchasing cutoffs and seconds and cutting them ourselves, we got a deal at $15/square foot.” The espresso maker is a Gaggia Classic, and the yellow mixer is from KitchenAid’s Artisan Series 5. (See more options in 10 Easy Pieces: Kitchen Stand Mixers.) The orange teapot is vintage Danish.


Kitchen table/island in Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: A black walnut island serves as both a prep area, grocery unloading station (the fridge stands opposite), and table. In addition to designing and creating it, Rick built the paneled ceiling and milled trim to match the original in the rest of the house. “The plywood ceiling panels come from the dance floor Rick and my father built for our wedding,” says Ada. “We used three-inch poplar strips to emulate that old English tavern style.”

Of the overall palette, she says, “We stuck with neutrals—white, gray and black, save for the black walnut island, which brings some warmth to the room. We wanted to have a workspace that would double as an eating area for breakfast and casual dinners, and we forfeited the potential storage space of an island for the open and airy feeling of a table.”


Affordable soapstone counters made from remnants in Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: The soapstone used on the island is heavily veined: “When we rub the counters with mineral oil, the peach and mint color in the stone really shines through,” says Ada. “And we like that each piece has its own character.”


Hidden fridge in Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: The side-by-side refrigerator, positioned so it’s convenient but not prominent, is Ikea’s Nutid, and the built-in microwave next to it is also from Ikea’s Nutid line. (For advice and more ideas, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Built-In Microwaves.) “We were really surprised by the quality of Ikea’s appliances, including our dishwasher,” says Ada. “So far, they’ve served us really well.” The storage cupboards over the fridge are used for “dog food, paper towels, baking sheets, weird roasting pans that don’t fit anywhere else.” 

Before


Before shot of Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: “The place was dingy and came with pests we had to get under control.”


Kitchen demolition—Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: The first weekend of demolition.


Kitchen demolition—Before shot of Ada Egloff and Rick Banister's DIY kitchen remodel in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: Peeling back the layers revealed damaged wallpaper and subway tile. “We wanted to modernize the space but keep the overall vibe true to the earliest kitchen this house would have had.”

Remodeling your own kitchen? Explore our Kitchens of the Week, including A Young Couple’s Brooklyn Kitchen Reinvented and a Low-Cost Cabin Kitchen for a Family of Five, Faux Soapstone Included.

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From artisanal glassware to the deconstructed kitchen; our predictions for the trends that will define autumn 2015.

The Deconstructed Kitchen


Katrin Arens Milano Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: The less-than-perfect kitchen, cobbled together from disparate elements. Photograph via Katrin Arens. Stay tuned: We’ll be devoting ourselves to this topic next week.

Black Kitchen Utensils


Black Kitchen Tools | Remodelista

Above: Black kitchen accoutrements; see more at Kitchen Tools with a Masculine Edge

Terrazzo Patterns


Max Lamb Tiles | Remodelista

Above: Terrazzo patterns, as in this LA bath tiled in Dzek Marmoleum Tiles by Max Lamb. Photograph by Brian Ferry.

Dual-Purpose Furniture


Planks Furniture by Max Lamb | Remodelista

Above: Furniture that does double duty: charges devices, for instance, or includes built-in storage as in the Planks Collection (shown) by Max Lamb for Benchmark, introduced last week at the London Design Festival. 

Room-Spanning Kitchen Storage Rails


Long Utensil Rail | Remodelista

Above: Room-spanning kitchen rail storage, as in this kitchen by Boffi. See more at 13 Kitchens with Storage Rails.

White Kitchen Appliances


Ada Egloff Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: Are white appliances the new stainless? We think so (for examples, go here and here and here). 

Ikea Furniture Disrupters


Greycork Couch | Remodelista

Above: A handful of upstart design companies are coming out with flat-pack furniture at Ikea prices (stay tuned; we’ll be posting more on this trend tomorrow). Photograph via Greycork

Mossy Green


Margot House Bedroom in Barcelona | Remodelista

Above: Our resident color forecaster Alexa says mossy green is the next big thing, as in this bedroom at Margot House in Barcelona. (We think she’s on to something.)

Black Tapware in the Kitchen and Bath


Ace Hotel in LA Bathroom | Remodelista

Above: The bathrooms at the Ace Hotel in LA have a noirish appeal. See more at Steal This Look: Ace Hotel in LA Bathroom.

Midcentury Brand Revivals


Robert Long Chandelier | Remodelista

Above: In Sausalito, Robert Young has relaunched his father’s groovy lighting collection. In London, John Lewis has just reissued Robin and Lucienne Day’s stackable polyside chair. Stay tuned for more comebacks.

Pittsburgh Is the New Portland


Ace Hotel Pittsburgh | Remodelista

Above: The Ace Hotel is opening an outpost in Pittsburgh in late 2015 in the East Liberty neighborhood (once home to steel magnates such as the Fricks, the Carnegies, and the Mellons). Google opened an office in 2010, the Andy Warhol Museum is nearby, and Ace is calling it “the Sleeper City.”

Artisanal Glass


Peter Ivy Glassware | Remodelista

Above: Is glass the new pottery? We think so; we’re all assembling collections of handblown vases and more.  

Beauty Products for Furniture


Wax Eternal Furniture Polish | Remodelista

Above: Organic salves and solutions for furniture care; we like Shop Tamsyn’s Wax Eternal, an organic polish made from cold-pressed olive oil, beeswax, herbs, and organic essential oils. 

The Tawny Sheepskin


Brown Sheepskins | Remodelista

Above: The accessory du jour? Brown sheepskins are displacing snowy white sheepskins as the weather turns. One of our favorite sources? Black Sheep (White Light). Photograph via The Socialite Family.

Unexpected Tile


Unexpected Tile | Remodelista

Above L to R: Tile in unexpected places; a cabinet interior in a London Victorian, for instance, or a bathroom cabinet in a French farmhouse.

Interested in more of our predictions? See Top 15 Interiors Trends of 2015 and check out our Trend Alert series.

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Ikea Disrupters: 5 New Upstart Furniture Companies

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A new wave of entrepreneurs is taking on Ikea, cutting out the middlemen and offering locally made flat pack furniture direct to consumers and, in some cases, at below-Ikea prices.

Artifox

Sarah Carpenter and Dan Mirth, the St. Louis-based founders of Artifox, are “devoted to rethinking home and office products; our mission is to merge technology with the art of handcrafted goods.” The idea for the company came about after the two found themselves frustrated with the choices in office furniture; “the new mobile lifestyle requires products with multiple functions.”


Artifox Desk | Remodelista

Above: The Desk01 in maple is made in the US from solid maple hardwood and includes a built-in mobile charging station, a storage cabinet for cables and drives, a removable powder-coated writing surface, and aircraft-grade aluminum hardware; $1,800 (it’s also available in walnut for $2,000).


Artifox Furniture Standing Desk | Remodelista

Above: The Standing Desk01 in maple is $2,000 (in walnut it’s $2,200). The company also offers an elegant wall-mounted Bicycle Rack in maple or walnut for $250.

Biggs & Quail

London-based Will Biggs and Sean Quail met at school and have been friends and collaborators ever since. In 2013, “dissatisfied with poor design of mainstream furniture,” they launched Biggs & Quail, a furniture company with “a focus on enduring quality, practicality, and elegant simplicity.” 


Biggs and Quail Furniture | Remodelista

Above: The full range, available from Biggs & Quail. Prices start at £175 for the Pyramid Table and Stool and go up to £1,250 for the walnut Chest of Drawers.


Biggs & Quail Coffee Table | Remodelista

Above: The Midcentury Modern Coffee Table with hairpin legs is £250. 

Campaign Living

What happens when an Apple engineer who’s worked on the design of the iPhone goes furniture shopping? Brad Sewell, the founder of just-launched furniture company Campaign, was a student at the Harvard Business School when he discovered how grim the marketplace is for midpriced furniture. Sewell left B-School to found Campaign, a flatpack upstart offering a three-piece suite of slipcovered furniture, with prices starting at $495. “We make furniture that lives, moves, and grows with you” is his company’s mantra. “Clean lines, classic proportions.”


Campaign Living Furniture | Remodelista

Above: Campaign offers an Armchair for $495, a two-seater Loveseat for $745, and a three-seater Sofa for $995. Pre-orders will ship in November 2015; go to Campaign to reserve.


Campaign Living Flat-Pack Furniture | Remodelista

Above: The packaging can be reused when you move.

Greycork

Founded by an earnest group of RISD grads and a product designer, Greycork aims to provide you with a “living room shipped in a box,” with pieces made of solid ash wood with foam cushions covered in polyester. The Greycork Living Room Set includes a sofa ($450) and chaise ($300), coffee table ($125), side table ($75), and bookshelf ($180). 


Greycork Furniture | Remodelista

Above: The team describes the aesthetics as “Japanese American”; the pieces are constructed from ash and fiberboard, with polyester upholstery. To preorder, go to Greycork (deliveries are projected for December 2015).

Whackpack Furniture

Bucks New University design graduate Brendan Magennis founded Whackpack Furniture in response to the “nomadic lifestyles and shrinking apartment sizes” of his generation. The furniture requires no screws or glue and can be assembled with “just a few hearty whacks of a mallet,” he says. The project is still in Kickstarter mode but looks poised to take off.


Whack Pack Furniture | Remodelista

Above: Using a Japanese woodworking technique called a “hell joint,” Magennis designed a small line of tables and stools that be easily assembled (and disassembled). 

For more next-generation interiors companies, see Bedding Disrupters: Luxury Linens for Less, and Mattress Disrupters: 7 Upstart Companies

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Table of Contents: The Deconstructed Kitchen

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This week we’re heading into the kitchen, exploring a new design trend: the deconstructed, un-suburban, offhand culinary space.


The Deconstructed Kitchen Remodelista Issue

Monday


Fire Island House | Remodelista

Above: In our House Call department, Margot drops in on a Manhattan couple at their weekend house in Fire Island.

Tuesday


Owen Wall Ceramics | Remodelista

Above: London’s most in-demand ceramicist makes tableware for Lyle’s, Bao, and the Clove Club; we’ll be paying a visit to his studio in our Tabletop section.

Wednesday


Heft Kitchen in Japan | Remodelista

Above: In our Kitchens department, Margot visits a Japanese design studio that offers an edited kit for putting together your own space, from hooks to custom sinks.

Thursday


Ristorante La Cucina by Archiplan | Remodleista

Above: In our Restaurant Visit division, we’re (virtually) dining at a new spot in Mantua. 

Friday


Buccholz Knife Rack | Remodelista

Above: We’ve rounded up our favorite kitchen tools with a rustic edge in our Kitchen Accessories column. 

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Trend Alert: 17 Deconstructed Kitchens

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Throw out all the rules; here are 17 examples of the next wave in kitchen design, which we pegged as an emerging trend in last week’s post 15 Interiors Trends for Autumn 2015 (a reader agreed with us: “I’m all over this trend. Perfect looks suburban.”).


The Apartment by The Line in NYC | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen at The Apartment in SoHo, NYC, is composed of stainless steel restaurant components. Photo by Thomas Welch via Selectism.


Elle Decoration Sweden Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: A Stockholm kitchen with a workbench kitchen, via Stadshem via Ems Design Blogg.


Heft Kitchen in Japan | Remodelista

Above: A kitchen in Japan by Heft Design.


Swedish Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: In Sweden, a modular Bulthaup kitchen via Bolig Magasinet


Narukuma Kitchen in Japan | Remodelista

Above: A kitchen in Japan with a mix of concrete and wood by Naruse Inokuma Architects.


Snark Architecture Kitchen in Japan | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen in the Fujimidai house in Hujimidai by Snark Architecture.


Noodles Noodles Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: A modular kitchen from a Berlin company; see more at The New Old-World Kitchen from Noodles, Noodles & Noodles Corp.


NYC Deconstructed Kitchens | Remodelista

Above L: Tyler Hays of BDDW was an early adopter of the trend (photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo), as was Ted Muehling (R); photo by Christoph Kicherer via Automatism


General Architecture Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: An airy cooking space in Scandinavian Simplicity: A Reimagined Swedish Summerhouse.


Pine Open Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: An open kitchen in a simple, economical 1950s cottage in the Gothenburg archipelago by Johannes Norlander Architects.


Japanese Open Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: A stainless steel open kitchen in Japan by Naruse Inokuma.


Todos Santos Kitchen by Laure Joliet | Remodelista

Above: A kitchen in Todos Santos, Mexico, photographed by Laure Joliet.

 
Monochrome House Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: In his own kitchen, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, a partner in the Copenhagen firm Norm Architects, installed a cooktop set into a workbench for a sense of airiness.


Hans Verstuyft Kitchen with Box Storage | Remodelista

Above: Belgian architect Hans Verstuyft opted for open shelving in a kitchen in Antwerp; see more at Sober Luxury in Downtown Antwerp.


David Charbet UK Photographer Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: A farmhouse kitchen from the portfolio of UK photographer David Charbit.


Vintage Sinks in the Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: Two examples of sinks on pedestals or counters via Boro.

See more Trend Alerts here and head over to Gardenista to see a deconstructed outdoor kitchen in Outbuilding of the Week: A Cookhouse at Kurtwood Farm on Vashon Island.


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