the first time I heard of the old Michelin building was at heathrow, when the can driver used it as a reference point for directions to our apartment in south kensington.
it is a thoughtfully conserved space that has been converted into a series of restaurants. it also houses the interior store “the conran shop”.
my team and I , together with male model / musician gabriel de souza , popped over to the bibendum restaurant, situated at the front of the building, for breakfast this morning, and were fascinated by the wonderfully preserved murals on painted tiles running the perimeter of the main dining hall ( this was probably used as the main lobby area by michelin ). the same murals also decorated the outer perimeter of the building. taking pride of place on the floor ( pity it was partially covered by a dining table ) is a beautiful mosaic michelin man.
with such interesting surroundings, who cared about the food ! ( incidentally, it was ok, although it took them the better half of 40 mins to send us four dished. service, however , was impeccable. and it didn’t hurt that the wait staff were charmingly good looking too ( save for the chief waiter, who looked like an older, not very well preserved stephane rolland !!!!
incidentally, bibendum is the name of the michelin man. it was introduced at the Lyon exhibition in 1894 and is one of the oldest trademarks in the world.
the michelin building is located at 81 fulham road.