National Portrait Gallery reopens with new destination hospitality offering; Audrey Green & Larry’s by Daisy Green Collection and The Portrait Restaurant by Richard Corrigan
June 23, 2023
The National Portrait Gallery has re-opened to the public following a transformational three-year refurbishment, with a destination hospitality offer from its two new F&B partners, featuring sculpture and photography from the Gallery’s Collection in uniquely designed spaces.
Audrey Green and Larry’s by Daisy Green Collection and The Portrait Restaurant by Richard Corrigan offer a full range of experiences across a variety of price points – from lunchtime menus, featuring the best of local and seasonal produce, to delicious coffee, all day brunch and themed afternoon teas.
Audrey Green is located in newly restored space in the original 1896 building, on the ground café floor of the Weston Wing, offering a range of artisan drinks, including Daisy’s specialty coffee, as well as delicious lunches and cakes. Larry’s – named after Sir Laurence Olivier- occupies the historic exposed brick vaults below, serving brunch during the day and by night, transforming into a bar, open late into the evenings with cocktails and small plates, accessible via a hidden entrance off Charing Cross Road. Photography and sculpture throughout both spaces celebrates the West End, featuring stars from London’s performing arts scene, including theatre, film, music and dance.
The Gallery’s reopening has also seen the much-loved Portrait Restaurant return with acclaimed chef, restaurateur and star of BBC’s Great British Menu, Richard Corrigan, who has rekindled his partnership with one of Britain’s longest established hospitality groups, Searcys. Situated on the top floor with panoramic views of London’s skyline, the restaurant interiors feature sculptures from the Gallery’s Collection, while menus focus on the very best of seasonal ingredients from the British Isles.
Corrigan’s menus take inspiration from favourite signature dishes created during his distinguished culinary career, reintroducing forgotten classics to Gallery diners, whilst the bar focuses on vibrant wines and classic cocktails to enjoy alongside an all-day snack menu.
Upon signing of the new partnerships, Anna Starling, National Portrait Gallery’s Director of Commercial, commented:
“As we prepare for our reopening, the National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce its collaboration with Daisy Green Collection and Richard Corrigan. Together, we will be developing fantastic menus, events and experiences, and look forward to welcoming customers to our unique new spaces.”
Prue Freeman, Daisy Green Collection co-founder, said: “Art is integral to Daisy Green Collection’s DNA. Each of its restaurants, cafes and boats are brought to life by colourful and thought-provoking pop culture pieces that carry the company’s vibrant brand identity. Through this new partnership, art and design will feature on a next-level scale; Daisy Green was given unlimited access to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection – the largest in the world – to create Audrey Green, which will capture the magic of London’s West End, a celebration of theatre, ballet, music, and film through the ages.”
Davis Coffer Lyons was delighted to work with National Portrait Gallery on the appointment of its hospitality partners, to deliver an inspirational F&B offering prior to its much-anticipated re-opening.