|The Presto Restaurant in the heart
of Soho. As of 2003 the owners have been threatening to rework
the whole place. This cafe-style place has been cruelly overlooked
for decades: 'think Rimini circa 1961... The orange and black
interior, wrought iron swirls, plastic 'oak' beams, opaline lights
and Artex alcoves stuffed with kitsch... Galliano, Hamnett and
Ozbek all pigged out here...while one corner is a virtual shrine
to their most devoted customer former local Derek Jarman...'
(Metro July 29 '03) "...the interior of Presto on Old Compton
Street is being completely ripped out. The original fixtures
and fittings lie in piles on the floor like discarded firewood
- truly a heartbreaking and depressing sight. Thank God you have
captured it on your website for posterity. RIP Presto."
(John Gall Nov 11 2003)