Wigmore Street, or as it’s known in some circles, Kitchen Alley, is the place to go in London if you’re after some kitchen inspiration. As well as being a great rat run parallel to Oxford Street, it’s stuffed with kitchen showrooms galore. One of which is home to Luce by Hotpoint appliances.
Purely a place to see, explore and even try out rather than to buy, I couldn’t resist an invitation to take my own private tour.
The interior of the showroom is really something in itself. Designed by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, it’s a visual feast of timber and gloss.
We started by taking in an array of ovens, double, single and compact. Next came one of my favourite gadgets, the Multiplo. Deep fat frying, steaming and slow cooking all in one worktop appliance, making it a worthy buy in my mind.
Onwards through gorgeously compact 45cm appliances, stylishly banked and some sinks.
Lastly, the HD gas hob. In a strange twist, this is the one appliance I wouldn’t be able to see in action because there was no gas supply to the showroom. And as it’s a listed building, installing one would involve some serious road works. Instead, there’s a rather hi-tech video to demonstrate its super-efficient cooking method.
Sadly, it was soon time to leave the gloriously cool confines of the showroom to brave the crowds outside. But I’ll be back again…
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