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Interview: Charlie Gilkes on launching London’s most high-profile themed bars and restaurants

The man behind some of London’s most iconic bars on culture, interior design and timekeeping


Paying homage to a cultural icon through interior design choices requires serious dedication to the cause. Something that Inception Group founder Charlie Gilkes knows all too well. Along with his business partner Duncan Stirling, Gilkes has made his name launching some of London’s most high-profile themed bars and restaurants. From the 1980s-themed Maggie’s on the King’s Road to the Italian pizzeria Bunga Bunga in Battersea, the brand has become synonymous with using politics and culture as a jumping-off point for…

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