New restaurant and lounge open at SSE Arena, Wembley

New restaurant and lounge open at SSE Arena, Wembley

The SSE Arena, Wembley has opened a new refurbished restaurant and accompanying VIP lounge.

Design and installation company RDA was appointed by leading sports and hospitality caterer Levy Leisure UK to transform the existing space and has created the 200-capacity Empire Bar & Grill and 50-capacity Empire Lounge.

John Drury, VP and general manager, The SSE Arena, Wembley, said: “We are extremely proud of the new Empire Bar & Grill and Empire Lounge. The lounge gives us our first VIP area on the north side of the building, and will complement our three south side lounges. It will also allow us to offer special entrance, club seat and lounge in one VIP package. The new Bar & Grill will give our customers a premium dining experience in a prime location.”

Photographs from the original construction of the building were recently unearthed and now take pride of place on the wall of the restaurant, providing diners with a glimpse into the revolutionary 1930s engineering that culminated in the Empire Pool opening in 1934.

Nick Bradley, director of RDA, said: “It has been a privilege to work on this project in such an iconic building and bring some of its history back to life through design. There are injections of glamour with deep accent colours and gold finishes throughout; a subtle homage to how the Empire Pool has evolved into a world-class music venue over the years.” 

The Empire Bar & Grill and Empire Lounge occupy a space above the main foyer of The SSE Arena, Wembley and will be open to visitors before main doors on show days.

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