Following several successful years at Spinningfields, The Lawn Club is set to close its doors on 4th September, paving the way for the next innovative phase of development on Hardman Square, a permanent and adventurous space, The Field and The Pavilion.
As a temporary structure, The Lawn Club’s departure had always been pre-destined, with The Field very much fulfilling part of the original Spinningfields masterplan. But the pop-up’s success over the last two years has been integral to the decision to progress with ambitious plans for the space, which is set to be a celebration of green space in the city; a cutting-edge, but inherently sustainable destination, with exciting bars and restaurants, interlinking footpaths and planted areas, complementing the world-class No.1 Spinningfields.
The Lawn Club’s operators Keep Left have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Allied London at Spinningfields, with Chief Executive Michael Ingall offering owner James Wrigley the chance to operate a pop-up in Hardman Square in 2012 as a joint venture. In Bloom opened and became an overnight success, leading to Hibernate, The Lawn Club, The Haig Club and The Club House, with each establishment always British in feel, offering a relaxed and genuine product and service.
The overwhelming success this area enjoyed as temporary public realm with The Lawn Club seemed to add more value to the place than any building could ever do.
James Wrigley, owner of Keep Left, said; “From owning a mobile bar company in 2012 and operating a bar in a shipping container, Michael Ingall offered us the opportunity to grow our business with Allied London and the rest as they say is history.
“Each year we’ve grown in size and revenue to become a well-established bar and restaurant operator. We love Spinningfields and have seen a loyal customer base grow with us throughout the years and will be sad to say goodbye for now.
“We’ve worked in partnership with Allied London throughout, with all ventures being joint venture’s and have built a strong business model for success together. We can’t underestimate the support we’ve received from Allied London. Mike is a visionary and a source of inspiration for me personally.
“We’ve got some exciting projects in the pipeline for the future, so watch this space to see what we’ve got coming your way next.”
Michaell Ingall, Allied London’s Chief Executive commented: “The Lawn Club has been the perfect prequel to our plans for the next phase of Hardman Square. The overwhelming success this area enjoyed as temporary public realm with The Lawn Club seemed to add more value to the place than any building could ever do. It has ensured the opportunity to keep it free for people to enjoy and continue something exceptional and striking.
“The Field will be a space with a personality. A place of this calibre was always envisioned as part of the original Spinningfields masterplan and will become a home from home for resident workers at Spinningfields, especially those based at No.1 Spinningfields, who will have this iconic new structure on their doorstep.”