Hilton Islington, London

The initial brief for the lighting was to give the hotel an individual identity by creating a style that was both unique to the Hilton London Angel Islington and reflected its location within the vibrant surroundings of the Business Design Centre and Islington’s Upper Street.

In the bar area, the central feature is, of course, the bar itself. Clearly visible from reception, the bar with its contemporary styling, is an immediate attractor. But we wanted to enhance the bar’s appeal still further by introducing an element of fun, and one way in which we did this was through the bottle displays behind the bar. As soon as the light setting for the bar area is moved to evening mode, the concealed linear LED that uplights the glass shelves, brings the two displays to life, making their bottles glow as an eye-catching and entertaining feature. We also used linear LED, concealed beneath the lip of the bar top to wash light down the front of the bar.

Above the bar, a glass-bottomed gantry contains a luxuriant plant display with mini downlights recessed into the gantry framework to highlight the bar top, and linear LED concealed around the edge of the glass to uplight the display.

Immediately to the right of the bar, double doors within an impressive arched doorway inspired by the façade of the nearby Business Design Centre, open into the breakfast servery. Here, floor-recessed LED uplights the archway, while inside the servery a bright, cheerful ambience matches the morning setting for the lighting in the adjacent restaurant. Ceiling-recessed downlights highlight the artwork, counter tops and circulation space, while linear LED concealed in the shelving casts light in two directions to highlight the food display and the plant display above.

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