A brand new refurbished restaurant and accompanying VIP lounge are now open at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
We were appointed by leading sports and hospitality caterer Levy UK to transform the existing space, creating a vibrant, spacious restaurant and lounge with views of Arena Square to soak up the atmosphere on event nights.
A modern twist on art deco
The 200 capacity Empire Bar & Grill and 50 capacity Empire Lounge both incorporate a modern twist on an art deco concept into their styling, conjuring up vivid memories of The SSE Arena, Wembley’s rich history.
Since opening in 1934 as the Empire Pool and Sports Arena, the venue has been graced by the likes of Madonna, David Bowie, The Who, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and even The Beatles and Rolling Stones who shared the same bill. As part of a winning partnership with SSE, the venue continues to hosthundreds of music, sport, entertainment, comedy and corporate hospitality events each year.
Nick Bradley, Director at RDA said: “It has been a privilege to work on a building as iconic as The SSE Arena, Wembley and bring some of its history back to life through design. The interior scheme of the Empire Bar & Grill & Empire Lounge is simple yet elegant, reflecting the building’s architectural style.
“There are injections of glamour with deep accent colours and gold finishes throughout; a more subtle homage to how the building has evolved into a top-class entertainment venue over the years. To add to this we retained and reorganised many of the original photos from when the building was built, providing a glimpse into the revolutionary 1930s engineering that culminated in the Empire Pool and Sports Arena opening in 1934. The VIP Empire Lounge continues this theme, with original tiles from the building’s early years framed for new generations to appreciate and enjoy.
“First and foremost, our challenge was to bring the interior look and feel more in line with the casual dining style of a present-day demographic, fitting in with an already great menu offering. The result is a space reset in time – a revitalised bar and restaurant which now become a key part of the overall customer experience for any given event at The SSE Arena, Wembley.”