Duddell's London is the first restaurant of the Duddell's brand to open outside of Hong Kong where the original was founded in 2013. Set in the historic St. Thomas Church in the heart of London Bridge, minutes from Borough Market and The Shard, Duddell's London showcases authentic Cantonese cuisine and hand-crafted dim sum at the Restaurant and Asian-inspired cocktails at the Bar.
Award winning architects Michaelis Boyd were commissioned to restore the interiors of the building, one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture. Their design for Duddell's London was inspired by the traditional 1960's Hong Kong tea restaurant, making use of colour and patterns to create a retro space with a contemporary twist, while respecting the traditional architecture and fabric of the listed building.
Duddell's in Hong Kong was conceived to create a cultural and social destination for people with an appreciation for the arts, providing an inspiring backdrop where people could meet, eat, drink and socialise while surrounded by museum quality year-round art exhibitions.
As with its Hong Kong counterpart, Duddell's London has a strong focus on its art programme and is a destination for both foodies and art lovers alike.
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OH…MY TOY! Solo Exhibition by Michael Lau
Curated by William Zhao
1 October 2018 – 14 April 2019
Known as the ‘Godfather of Designer Toys’, artist Michael Lau grew up during Hong Kong’s ‘toy era’ of the 1970s. His childhood passion for toys grew into an obsession with collectibles as an adult. His genuine love of toys and his desire to collect them gave birth to his ‘Gardener’ series in 1999, which was presented at a solo exhibition at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. He took inspiration from the streets, but he brought his characters into galleries and auction houses, launching the Artoy trend.
Lau is perhaps best known for a series of nine figures with a secret tenth figure. To obtain the special final figure, you had to collect the first nine and a piece of packaging from each. Collectors had to ‘collect them all’, and these toys became something of a religion.
Continuing with this religious theme, Lau will introduce the character Salvator Michael at Duddell's London, which is housed in a deconsecrated church. Salvator Michael is a character modelled after the Salvator Mundi, blessing his loyal followers with crossed fingers. The figure of Salvator Michael in paintings and sculptures will be placed throughout the space. In addition to a large standing sculpture and two large roundel paintings, Salvator Michael will also be presented hanging on the cross, which here is converted into a lowercase ‘t’ (for ‘toy’). Painted and sculpted versions of this crucifixion will be situated by the windows like the Stations of the Cross. This new series brings toys, art, and God together into a new trinity.
Curated by Ying Kwok
25 April – 24 September 2018
"Doubting Thomas" is an exhibition that references the specific religious background and implications of Duddell's unique London location. Duddell's is housed in the historic former St. Thomas Church and surrounded by the many original features that survived through the passage of time. Thomas was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, known as Doubting Thomas because he doubted the resurrection of Jesus.
Thomas was a sceptic who refused to believe without direct personal experience. It is only human to have a general questioning attitude or doubt towards knowledge or belief. Although it can be expanded to any number of topics such as politics and pseudoscience, scepticism is often directed at domains such as morality, religion, or knowledge, particularly in the context of philosophy in regard to how we conceive the world. If it is possible to deny knowledge or rational belief, should we suspend judgement on controversial matters as well? Incredulity is an indwelling human state and characteristic. Using Thomas's story as a point of departure, this exhibition wishes to explore "truth", and how it is understood and established.
"Doubting Thomas" is an exhibition of newly commissioned and existing work by internationally renowned artists including Jonathan Baldock, Suki Chan, Gordon Cheung, Aoife Collins, Gayle Chong Kwan and Tang Kwok-hin which will be showcased throughout the restaurant. The artists have been carefully chosen and were asked to respond to the story of Thomas and the history of Duddell"s as a former church
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Dinner: 5:30PM - 11PM
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