During a recent visit to London’s Camden Town, an unusual structure immediately caught our eye as the focus of a brand new complex. Rising out from the ashes of 2008’s horrendous Camden fire, the modern three-level glass building was certainly in sharp contrast to the famous old stables and markets that once existed. Ultimately, we’re not complaining. How many checkerboard scarves and football jerseys can once really buy anyway?
Paramount to the new complex is super-venue Gilgamesh, a restaurant/ bar/ nightclub/ tea room that we surmise could easily hold 1,000 people within its 15,000 sq. feet of space. Borrowing heavily from Sumerian art, the decor is absolutely opulent, with a monstrous, hand-carved “Tree of Life” at its centerpiece. The curving wooden relief certainly rivals those found in the British Museum, and we bet you won’t be the only ones stopping for a photo when traversing up the adjacent staircase!
Though we actually dined off of Gilgamesh’s incredible lunch special, an assortment of four different dishes for an affordable £12, the dinner menu runs the gamut from Japanese sushi to Thai curries and even dim-sum. We even noticed the “Babylon VIP bar” serving Peking Duck on a rolling trolley! (Beginning to wonder if the Ancient Middle East theme runs only skin deep? Don’t worry. Spice lamb fillet is also on the menu.)
Decorated to imbue a cozy harem space, the lounge is also worth a stop if you’re looking for exotic cocktails from an extensive list.