Venue Review: Carousel LondonWritten by Paul Jun 23 2015
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Situated in an unassuming side road off Baker Street, just behind the fashionable Hay Hill Gallery, sits one of the newest dining experiences-cum-event spaces in London, Carousel. Established by four cousins (one of which is conveniently a chef) with a background in ‘immersive dining events’ Carousel provides a home to a rotating cycle of emerging talent from the worlds best kitchens. With a new chef starting a residency every two weeks, at prices of around £35 for a full dinner, this place could perhaps be described as a permanent popup.
The decor is industrial chic, think polished concrete floors and white walls, I'm finding it difficult not to refer to it as a ‘slice of Shoreditch' in Marylebone, as that may be slightly cliched. On the ground floor the restaurant which offers communal dining on two large tables (steer clear if you’re not a people person), as well as a bar and an open kitchen. Upstairs is the first event space, capable of accommodating 50 delegates for a seated conference, or 90 guests for a standing reception, the room has plentiful natural daylight, high spec AV equipment and wifi. Continuing the trendy/popup/cultural theme the room houses an ever changing collection of artworks by young artists, most of which are available to buy. Downstairs in the basement is the larger of the two event spaces, a versatile blank canvas venue that could be transformed to suit your tastes and needs, with a capacity for up to 190 guests (100 seated). The space even has it’s own catering kitchen making it ideal for dining events.
The flexible nature of Carousel makes it perfect for all manner of events, be it a breakfast meeting, temporary exhibition or intimate dinner. Unlike many other venues of this style the onsite catering operation means that food & drinks is both affordable and innovative, no expensive caterers required here.