You truly could get lost in this abundance of Botanical beauty, the style Inspiration comes from the 19th Century explorer Hettie G Watson who travelled the world collecting exotic plants and flowers, this amazing bar and restaurant is a Victorian hideaway of natural wonderment. Situated on the corner of Bennett’s Hill in Birmingham’s Business District, The Lost and Found is housed in a grade 2 listed building, originally the National Provincial Bank built in 1869. The original features are still evident on entering, a large dome sits a top the entrance way revealing a brushed cream and gold finish and original filigree detail. The establishment consists of four areas, a sweet botanical garden library, adjacent to a plush dining area, a private boardroom which caters for meeting and a more intimate dining and lastly a secret drinking den hidden beyond a bookcase.
The first area you’ll come across is the large indoor garden featuring botanical beauties such as trails of ivy, a full length vertical wall garden and a relaxed seating area hidden beneath a rain forest canopy. Pretty tea light lanterns, upside down plant pots, hanging wicker baskets, glowing birdcages and a collection of butterflies are suspended above. Along the back wall is a pretty upholstered seating area featuring beautiful pink and orange butterfly detail. Armchairs with matching upholstery sit beside rustic typewriters entwined with more leafy trails referencing Miss Watson’s stories.
The other side of the domed entrance houses a more subtle décor, smoke finished decanter glass pendants hang from metal piping over plush plum leather booths creating a sultry, smoky ambience whilst an apothecary cabinet houses individual up lit jars. This side of the venue conveys are more subtle classic feel yet still has evidence of Hettie’s explorations with portraits on the wall and more leafy features.
The boardroom boasts an intimate dining experience in a trendy secluded setting. A homage to Hettie’s travels is shown on the man wall, decorated with a full length world map it showcases her many adventures and includes dainty postcards too. An eclectic array of vibrant coloured tiles cover the floor.
Throughout the establishment you’ll find hints and suggestions of a secret room. This is the drinking den, inspired by stories of Hettie’s secret room where she would keep her new botanical finds on returning from her travels abroad. Situated behind a pretend bookcase, a cosy and intimate bar welcomes you. A striking neon sign is displayed amongst antique style suitcases atop the bar area whilst the walls boast a stunning bespoke floral design of blue and pink hues. A collection of unusual lighting such as a magnificent cluster pendant of white porcelain shades hanging central and traditional fringed shades add to the intimate atmosphere.
This is such a beautiful gem, the décor gives and almost whimsical notion and Hettie’s stories make for great reading whilst enjoying one of their yummy cocktails on offer. To get the look keep furniture and accessories as natural as possible, plants and foliage are a must, add botanical elements. Add antique finds in rustic golds or earthy woods and choose warm exotic colours such as plum purples, pinks, teals and oranges. Add unique and quirky lighting to keep the magical notion alive.
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