Flight club Victoria, London
The design of Flight Club Darts in Victoria takes inspiration from both the Great British pub and Victorian fairgrounds. The space is laid out to create a dynamic, exciting, immersive journey, imbued with a sense of discovery and wonder… a ‘Fairground in the Sky’
The 15,000 sqft flagship venue features three bars, 18 oche spaces, two private rooms and an extensive outdoor terrace.
The ground floor bar references classic Victorian seaside kiosks with the remainder of the space dominated by the triple-height helter skelter-inspired spiral staircase, which acts as a portal to the main venue on the first floor. Both features are set against the vast, hand painted, village fete-inspired mural.
Ellis Design Studio custom designed all bespoke joinery, lighting & hand painted wall finishes throughout the venue, creating oche spaces, which pay homage to classic fairground games such as ‘The Big Dipper’, ‘The Plate Smasher’, ‘The Shooting Gallery’ and ‘The Cabinet of Curiosities’.
One of the two private spaces in the venue, ‘The Room of Toys’ is inspired vintage fairground prizes. The Studio created an eye-popping installation for the space. The walls are adorned with 100’s of vintage ceramic ‘fairings’ set on custom cast plaster plinths. The ceiling in the space comprises a vast canopy of over 1400 soft toy ‘prizes’.
The main private room, ‘The Old Vic’, is inspired by the warmth and lustre of the traditional British country pub and is an eccentric homage to Queen Victoria and her spirit of adventure and discovery. The room features a bespoke ‘deconstructed’ 19th Century-inspired ornate plasterwork ceiling feature with custom formed plaster mouldings and a vintage lighting feature. Timber wall panelling was hand-distressed to create patina and lustre and a series of mismatched, complementary wallpapers were used to create an eclectic pattern-on-pattern effect, typical of Victorian interiors. The Studio used 3D printing techniques to replicate decorative cameos of Queen Victoria, fusing modern and traditional decorative approaches within the scheme. The bar design was inspired by traditional British pubs and features period decorative motifs, reclaimed elements and hand-painted reproductions of 19th century landscapes.
The dramatic carousel-inspired central bar within the venue’s main space is the longest bar in Central London. The design was inspired by the complex geometry created through the intersection of three carousel canopies. The entire bar canopy and base were hand painted with artworks influenced by paintings contained within Queen Victoria’s private collection. The addition of a pleated red velvet canopy over the bar added an element of theatricality and Victorian lustre.