London Club Addition and Renovation
The careful balance of a respect for the past and a recognition of the need for an improved member experience have guided the renovation and expansion of the London Club.
An icon of downtown London since 1881, the Queen Anne-style building has seen several interior improvements since its construction. architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson were tasked with creating a historically-sensitive addition, inclusive of an outdoor dining space, and to improve the overall experience for existing members, as well as help attract the Club’s next generation.
A second-floor patio provides members with an opportunity for outdoor dining, featuring an outdoor gas fireplace and views of Queens Avenue. Carefully-considered design details – including wrought iron railings and three prominent windows on the addition – create continuity and mirror public-facing elements of the original heritage building. Large, operable windows ensure that the reimagined rich interior of the new space is bathed in natural light. The patio connects cohesively to the enlarged and subdividable Banquet Hall which can now accommodate as many as 180 guests.
On the first floor, a new lounge space also features large, operable windows, and a folding wall that can allow for a seamless transition between the indoor space and an outdoor covered three-season dining area, complete with another gas-burning fireplace that is integrated into the original chimney, mirroring the original interior fireplace. Additional improvements include a new relocated reception space and coatroom, new meeting rooms, and relocated and updated washrooms which are now accessible by all users – regardless of ability or gender.
The renovation and expansion will also ensure the entire building is now fully accessible.