Leading brand design and interiors agency, Mystery has just completed work on one of its most exciting projects to date, BŌKAN, a sky-high restaurant and bar that’s destined to elevate F&B experience drinking and dining in London to new heights!
This incredible restaurant, bar and outdoor sky-high rooftop terrace is set in the top three floors of Novotel’s brand new, 39-storey flagship skyscraper in Canary Wharf, and boasts 360-degree views across London and far beyond.
Mystery partnered with Accor Hotels in 2015 and has spent two years shaping and developing the Bōkan concept; from creative strategy, to naming and branding, interior design and food and beverage menu development, working closely with the Accor project team to bring this striking venue to life.
Bōkan, meaning beacon in Anglo-Saxon has been created as the dockside guiding light for artisanal food and drink and to service both the hotel’s guests, and London’s adventurous, gastronomic explorers with a passion for intriguing, European-inspired drinks and dishes set to memorable views at scalable prices.
The 37th floor houses an intimate 65-cover restaurant, showcasing the best of British produce across a menu of European dishes, including locally-sourced charcuterie and cheeses, Rhug Estate Venison shepherd’s pie, slow-smoked Blythburgh Pork Belly and Aberdeen Angus steak.
Mystery’s brief was to build the framework for a premium casual food concept with innovative twists on classic European dishes – to provoke nostalgia and inspire a journey of discovery. Head chef, Aurélie Altemaire, previously of L’Atelier Joel Robochon, has taken the concept and crafted a mouthwatering menu of stunning dishes to return for, time and time again.
The unique Docklands-chic style is further owned through the use of clever, yet subtle details referencing industrial pulleys and an imposing monolithic verdigris-aged metal staircase, that connects all three floors of Bōkan and encases the iconic, feature charcuterie fridge, bread and olive oil display.
From 37 up to 39, the interior’s ‘dockland chic’ concept takes inspiration from London’s historic Docklands area, with a unique and beguiling combination of industrial and luxury comfort.
Weathered metals, rustic timbers and polished concrete finishes are offset by warm lighting, cushioned lounge areas and vintage rugs, with carefully selected pieces of classic furniture to create a snug, refined and luxurious, experience within an industrial setting. With floor to ceiling glazing, London’s iconic skyline features as the backdrop to the experience.
Bōkan’s bar champions locally distilled spirits, intriguing cocktails, craft beers and a carefully thought out wine list that takes guests on a unique journey of wine exploration. There is something special about every bottle and guests will delve into their passion for wine uncovering something new each time they visit.
The roof terrace on the 39th floor, boasts the highest specialist gin bar in London, with comfortable leather lounging areas, outdoor daybeds and a DJ mezzanine – perfect for intimate gatherings, while admiring the striking views of London. It’s an easygoing and informal hideaway, far from the buzz of the busy streets below.
“Bōkan has been the perfect challenge for Mystery to showcase the talents of each member of the creative team,” said Creative Director, Janfranco Caro. “We’ve produced a unique brand-centric experience, while demonstrating our ability to create a 360-degree premium casual dining experience at the highest level.”
“The team has thought through every single customer touch point; from brand, graphic, interior, food and drink and even smell, in order to bring the whole amazing experience to life,” he said.