Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams – the couple behind hit Peckham restaurant Kudu – opens a chic cocktail bar under the arches by Queens Road station called Smokey Kudu. Their menu includes 15 different cocktails with subtle South African influences, a few snacks such as biltong, and premium exotic liquors.
Long time collaborator A-nrd studio has curated the interior design of the venue.
Sleek and intimate, Smokey Kudu revolves around a central horseshoe bar with a sky-high back bar set against an arched mirror geometrically framed with dark oak wood.
The bar design draws inspiration from early 20th-century continental train station cafes featuring a brass over-head with glistering glass display and an Italian rose stone countertop with scallop edge in contrasting marbles.
Green velvet booths with deep burgundy marble-topped tables are set against burnt umber walls humbly showing the textures of old bricks and arched metal structures. Low tinted mirrors and hand-glazed tiles in a diamond configuration are adding a sparkle to the cosy seating area.
To complete the look an almost 2-metre high Murano glass chandelier, hand sourced in the Venice region is hanging in the centre of the arch glaring a warm light to the venue.