Queen Victoria Arts Club is an elegant and stylish new restaurant, bar and private members' club, located in the sympathetically restored Grade II listed Queen's Building in Leicester. Set in the very heart of in the Cultural Quarter Leicester, it is an imposing structure built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
Set over two floors, the ground floor is a large and airy public space with huge windows onto Orton Square. The main restaurant, affectionately referred to as the "Queen Vic", has 50 covers and specialises in great modern British cooking. Here Andy Thornton supplied all the bistro-style furniture.
Wolfgang bentwood dining chairs, stained a dark walnut, complement the light oak parquet flooring. The chairs have been upholstered in a luxuriously rich amber velvet, which contrast perfectly with the rich forest green painted walls, white ceiling and black chandelier. Tables are a versatile mix of round, square and rectangular dark-stained walnut tops on assorted traditional-style cast iron bases.
Adjacent to the restaurant is a small cocktail bar serving cocktails and a sweeping range of wines and champagnes. The ornate bar counter is clad in Andy Thornton tin tiles, finished in an industrial rust with burnished highlights to complement the exposed original brick wall. Facing the bar, we supplied a large extended leather Chesterfield and original walnut rococo coffee tables.
To the side of the entrance is an additional seating area where we provided over 7 metres of booth seating, supplied as two end units and two doubles, upholstered in a Panaz linen-effect fabric in natural slate. Above this is a run of School light pendants, shaped opal globes with ornate brass galleries.
There are two exclusive, private rooms, the 'Leopold' and the 'Beatrice' which provide for groups of ten to twenty, each with exclusive Wi-Fi connections and presentation screens for meetings, seminars and private celebrations. Once again, the rooms were furnished exclusively by Andy Thornton. Downstairs, the basement is decadently clandestine, featuring a luxurious 50-seater room for members' only events and private bookings, complete with an intimate bar. The low-vaulted brick ceiling is painted a rich plum colour and the lounge includes a substantial Andy Thornton banquette seating unit with leather button back.
Here we supplied our popular Repton side chairs, with button-back detail, upholstered in a mix of Sekers dusk blue and amber polyester velvets and Mocha printed velvet by Panaz. The tables feature chunky tops made from reclaimed scaffold board tops.