The iconic drawings will be hung on the walls of London’s most emblematic French restaurant, L’Escargot.
The showcase will include pieces drawn for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s column for The Telegraph “A Matter of Taste”, which from 1996-2000 featured some of the most notable restaurants in London; Petrus, Marco Pierre White’s Belvedere and The Square.
The exhibition will give guests a snapshot of the 90’s restaurant scene where nouvelle cuisine gave way to the rise of the British chef patron, highlighting some of the top restaurants in Britain. Bringing the subject into the present, to celebrate Soho’s thriving restaurant scene, the show will include new drawings of iconic and enduring Soho venues: L’Escargot, Bar Italia, Maison Bertaux and others.
Notes to Editors
L’Escargot has been skilfully restored and is now one of London’s most eccentric and lavish restaurants and members club. Housed in a 280 year old town house, this famous Soho landmark was established in 1927 by M. Georges Gaudin and rapidly became the favourite rendezvous of the French émigré community, socialites, and stars of the local theatres. There is now a sense of history repeating itself with the creatives, artists, foodies, and bohemians making it their new home. L’Escargot have played host to Esquire, I-D, Fantastic Man, Fashion East, White Cube gallery, Soho Create Festival, and even hosted the star studded birthday bash of Faye Maschler, queen of restaurants.
Lucinda Rogers' work is represented in many permanent collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum. Her drawings of New York and London have been exhibited at the Oxo Tower on London's South Bank. Rogers works from life in the tradition of the artist as reporter, recording straight from eye to paper, which gives her drawings a particular spontaneity. She also has a prolific illustration career working regularly for the mainstream press and countless other publications and companies. She is well known as an illustrator of newspaper columns, including Jonathan Meades' "A Sense of Place" in The Times, and she drew for The Independent from 1993 to 2008 including for the food pages. Books illustrated by Lucinda Rogers include The Dictionary of Urbanism, Spitalfields Life, The Unexpected Professor by John Carey and No Place Like Home by the chef Rowley Leigh.