Concert Artistes Association

London WC2E, 2020

The Concert Artistes’ Association, a private members club for entertainment professionals in Covent Garden, has had an extensive upgrade to their home of 50 years. The building and the club is unique; it is one of the last remaining privately owned buildings in the area and one of the last surviving clubs of its kind with an archive of old ‘variety’ era posters. Members include ventriloquists, dancers, magicians and singers and it is this unique atmosphere that we aimed to capture in its refurbishment. A bygone era preserved whilst adapting to modern needs.

Project Leader: Jessica Williamson

Images © French + Tye



With a brief for a refurbishment that oozes warmth and history, the club wanted an upgrade that accommodated existing elderly members whilst also appealing to new members.



BVDS improved wayfinding and accessibility for members with the addition of a mirrored lift core up to the bar and first floor area, a new kitchen and widened corridor spaces. The refurbishment was completed with a colourful and luxurious interior palette for the bar, performance hall and entry atrium that promotes and respects the heritage and glamour of the club.