Inn the Park, St. James's Park, London

Hopkins Architects
Date Built
St. James's Park, London
Inn the Park is a self-service cafe and formal restaurant set into a landscaped hill beside an ornamental lake in St. James's Park.  The building was constructed using Austrian Larch that was left untreated on the external surfaces so that it would gradually weather.  Inside, the wood has been oiled so that it retains its rich colour.  The building undulates, mirroring the passing footpaths, and matches the outline of the lake.  Customers enjoy an indoor eating area, as well as a covered porch and a fixed bench that runs along the lakeside edge of the building. 

The staff areas are built into the landscaped hill behind the building.