Fish! Borough Market

Fish! Borough Market was acquired in 1999 and was the first restaurant in the group. The interior of the restaurant was recently extensively refurbished by COA Architects, with owner Tony Allan’s wife, Deny Allan, working closely with the architects on the design and build.

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The glass construction, designed by award winning Julian Wickham, was from the initial build in 1999, and it gives the impression of being inside a huge fish tank. The interior has an industrial feel with charcoal, grey steel, mirrors and aged black leather for its palette. In its former life, the building was a pea shelling warehouse, featuring exposed beams and steelworks. As with all business in the market, Borough Market worked closely alongside the design team to ensure the refurbishment was in keeping with the markets heritage. This worked to the restaurants advantage and they were pleased to pay homage to some of the original features within the restaurant, whilst still keeping the aesthetic modern and industrial. The brief for the lighting was for ‘a chandelier type hanging feature, but in a modern and industrial way’. The Deltalight Super-Oh! LED feature pendants were selected to fulfill the criteria.

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The airy interior encompasses the open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work. The restaurant opens out onto a large terrace, which is open all year round and sits in the heart of Borough market, with views of Southwark Cathedral.


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