Virtual awards ceremony

Thursday 14th October

The culmination of our year and the final event of Restaurant & Bar Design Week

  • Category winners announced via Instagram - 07:30 to 15:00 UK time
  • Overall and regional winners announced by video on our website - 16:00 UK time



Restaurant & Bar Design Week


11th to 14th October

A dynamic new content strand featuring the industry’s most influential figures and benchmark-setting projects

Through a series of engaging individual talks, panel discussions and project showcases, the week will explore the issues shaping the sector and inspire, challenge and inform a global audience of hospitality and design professionals.

Set across four days and culminating in the 2021 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards digital presentation, it will be a celebration of innovation, pioneering thought and a demonstration of why restaurants and bars really are the world’s most creative spaces.

All talks are in conversation with Harry McKinley.

Monday 11th October - 10:00 UK time

The Berkeley Bar & Terrace - London
Interview: Bryan O’Sullivan, Founder and Creative Director, Bryan O’Sullivan Studio

Explore the vision and journey behind this acclaimed project, which was awarded Best Overall UK Bar at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2020.


Monday 11th October - 12:00 UK time

Denise Naguib

Round Table: Are restaurants and bars killing the planet?

More than the standard sustainability conversation, our speakers ask whether our obsession with design-led hospitality spaces is destroying the Earth.

  • Denise Naguib – VP Sustainability, Marriott International
  • Fiona Thompson – Principal, Richmond International
  • Stacy Shoemaker Rauen – Editor-in-Chief, Hospitality Design

In partnership with Visionnaire


Monday 11th October - 14:00 UK time

EDITION Hotels
Interview: Dan Flannery – MD, EDITION Hotels

Why restaurants and bars build community at EDITION Hotels, how the group uses its public spaces to connect with guests and what lies ahead for the rapidly growing brand.


Tuesday 12th October - 10:00 UK time

ARGO, Four Seasons Hotel - Hong Kong
Interview: Ed Ng – Co-Founder, AB Concept

Ng discusses bringing new life to a Hong Kong landmark and working with one of the toughest briefs a designer can face: all-day spaces.


Tuesday 12th October - 12:00 UK time

Round Table: Is maximalism the new minimalism?

With guests falling in love with riotous pattern, bold colours and interiors rich with personality, our panel explores if design is getting more courageous.

  • Anamika Butalia – Editor-in-Charge, Livingetc India
  • Des Gunewardena – CEO, D&D London
  • Julien Albertini & Alina Pimkina – Principals, Asthetique

Tuesday 12th October - 14:00 UK time

Design Milestones: MBDS
Interview: Martin Brudnizki – Founder, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Charting the restaurant and bar projects that have defined one of the world’s leading design studios and exploring how they have shaped the global hospitality landscape.


Wednesday 13th October - 10:00 UK time

Harbord Hotel - Sydney
Interview: Jeremy Bull – Principal, Alexander & Co.

How working-class history and Australian surf culture informed this ultra-cool Sydney destination restaurant and bar.


Wednesday 13th October - 12:00 UK time

Round Table: Are hotels the new frontline of restaurant and bar design?

From lobby bars to fine dining, our speakers ask whether hotels are trumping the high street when it comes to dazzling, innovative restaurant and bar design.

  • Ben McCormack – Restaurant Expert, Telegraph Luxury
  • Emma Banks – VP F&B Strategy & Development, Hilton
  • Jo Littlefair – Co-Founder, Goddard Littlefair
  • Onur Özgen – Head of Business Development, PARLA

In partnership with PARLA


Wednesday 13th October - 14:00 UK time

The Standard, Huruvahli - Maldives
Interview: Verena Haller – Chief Design Officer, The Standard Hotels

As The Standard’s first Island retreat, discover what it means to translate the brand’s disruptive character to a magnificent beach setting.


Thursday 14th October

Winners announced - The culmination of our awards year, today’s the day we announce all of this year’s winners.

  • Category winners announced via Instagram - 07:30 to 15:00 UK time
  • Overall and regional winners announced by video on our website - 16:00 UK time
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