The “Bibendum” is an amazing and iconic piece of architecture on the Fulham Road in the heart of Chelsea; it was created by Francois Espinasse, built at the end of the Art-Nouveau period as the first permanent UK headquarters for the well-known Michelin Tyre Company Ltd. This art-deco masterpiece is located in one of the most expensive and fashionable parts of London, just a two minute walk from our Engel & Voelkers Chelsea office.
As you might know, Michelin is one of the three largest tyre manufacturers worldwide and its value of brand recognition is made by the Michelin Man, the “Bibendum”, to whom the building owes its nickname. The 20th of January 1911, the Michelin House first opened its doors in South Kensington. Even though it represented a successful time for the company, 70 years later the Bibendum no longer met Michelins needs anymore. In August 1985, the Michelin moved out of the building and it was sold for £ 8,000,000 to the publisher Paul Hamlyn and the restaurateur and retailer Sir Terence Conran. The two of them built a partnership after finding themselves bidding against each other in the buying process and in 1987, they re-opened the Michelin House. To this day, it is used as a large office space for Hamlyn’s company Octopus Publishing, Conran’s Bibendum Restaurant, the newly refurbished Oyster Bar downstairs and the Conran Shop.
One of the main attractions of the building today is the Bibendum Restaurant which also was a winner of ‘The most consistently excellent Restaurant’ at the 2008 Tatler Louis Roederer Awards and is famous for their delicious seafood. We do like to take some of our lunch and coffee breaks here as the food is beautiful.
Check out the menu.
The Conran Shop offers a collection of furniture, lighting, kitchen and dining products, home accessories and gifts from some of the most iconic designers and hottest new talent from around the world. Find out more about their website here.