Pilots Bar and Kitchen

An airside challenge with a retro aviation theme made this project a monumental task inside one of the world's busiest airports

Pilots Bar and Kitchen in Heathrow’s T5 covers an area of 372 sq m. The 145 cover airside restaurant design is inspired by the golden era of 1950s travel, with a sleek interior complemented by a vintage palette and aeronautical design features. 

An over-sized jet engine air intake adds interest to the ceiling and the theme continues with glass hangar-style doors and club chairs upholstered in baseball glove leather. 

Antique searchlight fittings, chrome, stainless steel and period graphics all add to the nostalgic ambiance. 

Seating options include bar stools, poseur tables, lounge seats and traditional banquettes. Other design highlights include a full size Dakota aircraft mural and a stainless steel open pass from the kitchen, adding to a sense of theater. 

  • Client: Rhubarb
  • Location: T5, Heathrow Airport
  • Size: 372 sq m
  • Timescale: 12 weeks
  • Designer: 01 Creative
  • Budget: £1 million

“The project has been an outstanding collaborative success and required a huge team effort to overcome the complexities of working airside in the world’s busiest airport. This was an extremely complex project with some extremely challenging technical difficulties surrounding an ‘open kitchen’ in an airport environment. Portview really stepped up to the task.” 

Derrick Pover, Director, 01 Creative

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