No.17 Dickens Yard joins the Darwin & Wallace collection...

Darwin & Wallace has opened their seventh location at No 17 Dickens Yard, in the heart of Ealing

A bold, modern and urban space, No 17 Dickens Yard features huge lamps and softer textiles, along with generous lounge seating, large bleached oak sharing tables plus a dedicated bar on both floors. Moody dark palettes on the interior finishes will contrast with the lighter warmer touches along with the blush and emerald tones in the furnishings. Fronted with a large outdoor courtyard to be filled with foliage and terracotta, No 17 Dickens Yard has a wrap-around terrace on the first floor overlooking the newly landscaped approach to the wider Dickens Yard development. 

A stone's throw away from Ealing tube station and in the centre point of the bustling community, No 17 Dickens Yard welcomes local residents and visitors to enjoy a menu of locally sourced and carefully curated food and drink in a home from home setting. 

Like its sister locations, No 17 Dickens Yard has its own personality communicated through its design, unique to its location drawn from local as well as global inspirations, forming its own version of a private address. Featuring bespoke works by local and global artisans including oak sharing tables by Craft B (Belgium), generous comfy sofas by French House (London) and handmade bar stools by Jan Hendzel Studio (UK) as well as hand-picked artwork from The Hang Up Gallery, London. 

Mel Marriott, Founder and Managing Director, Darwin & Wallace, says, “At a time when our audience are, more than ever before, eschewing cookie-cutter design and seeking out characterful backdrops in which to enjoy their social time it is more important than ever that we deliver a truly unique business in No 17 Dickens Yard. For me one of the most enjoyable aspects of life is discovering great places to share with my colleagues, friends and family. I hope that when we reveal our bar Ealing will feel that we have delivered on our promise.”

Lou Davies, Architect and Designer, Box 9, says: “The bar in Ealing builds on our story of creating aspirational social spaces that feel like homes. The glass box steered us towards designing an urban, European loft apartment. Generous lounge seating, big bleached oak sharing tables, huge lamps and softer textiles all work together to create the feeling of a home.”

Drinks are at the heart of the offering, from morning coffee, made with beans by Caravan Coffee Roasters, to cocktails using house-made syrups and herbs foraged from the bar’s very own kitchen garden including Plum Collins, Honey Martini, Twisted Old Fashioned. The menu features delicious house-made lemonades and PRESS London juices in between. 

A selection of cask and bottled craft beers will populate the bar including the Session IPA from Bermondsey based Brew By Numbers and the Pale from Hackney Wick based Howling Hops Brewery. The menu features a generous selection of over 30 red, white and rose wines and changes with the seasons. Guests can expect to see a special focus placed on sustainability, with the menu making the most of responsibly sourced fish and ‘wonky’ veg and offering virtuous as well as indulgent choices from breakfast through to dinner.

Darwin & Wallace are three-time award winners of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 'Best Pub' for No 1a Duke Street in 2016 and No 197 Chiswick Fire Station in 2017 and have also received the three-star award by the Sustainable Restaurant Association in recognition of their commitment to serving great quality food through sustainable practices and sourcing.

Dickens Yard is one of London's newest destinations, comprising 700 new homes and new public spaces, with a range of lifestyle brands now open including Triyoga, Charlotte's W5 and Benham & Reeves. 

The Darwin & Wallace Collection first opened No 11 Pimlico Road in Chelsea in 2012, and have since opened No 32 The Old Town in Clapham, No 1a Duke Street in Richmond, No 197 Chiswick Fire Station in Chiswick, No 29 Power Station West in Battersea in 2017 and, earlier this year, 601 Queen’s Rd in Wimbledon. No 17 Dickens Yard is the seventh location in Ealing as the portfolio continues to grow to critical acclaim.  

Fraser Bradshaw