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Here’s a place for those with a sweet tooth to bite their teeth – a restaurant inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Described as a cross between the popular Roald Dahl novel and a “nature-guided laboratory”, the new Family Kitchen restaurant in London’s Kew Gardens is a “world of imagination”.

The children’s author takes center stage in the interior design – furnishings like the crazy mushroom sculptures and a giant apple chair are “inspired by fantastical worlds in literature like Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”.

The new Family Kitchen restaurant is a ‘fantasy world’ inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London’s Kew Gardens

The ‘multi-sensory’ restaurant, designed by London’s Mizzi Studio and seating up to 250 guests, is located next to the Children’s Garden

While Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is all about sugar, this restaurant’s mission goes a little further, which is “to give children an insight into plant species, local produce, farming techniques, food processing and food preparation”. Interactive installations educating families about the “origins of their food” are scattered throughout the restaurant.

The multi-sensory restaurant, designed by London designers Mizzi Studio and seating up to 250 guests, is located next to the Children’s Garden.

At the entrance, visitors are greeted by a “radiant LED sun” on a wall. There are blue seats patterned with wave mosaics inspired by the work of Antonio Gaudi and rain cloud-shaped hanging lamps hanging from the ceiling.

At the entrance, visitors are greeted by a

At the entrance, visitors are greeted by a “radiant LED sun” on one wall and blue seats patterned with wave mosaics

The whimsical blue hand sanitizer station pictured has signs emphasizing the antibacterial properties of plants like lavender and rosemary

The whimsical blue hand sanitizer station pictured has signs emphasizing the antibacterial properties of plants like lavender and rosemary

Guests are then led to a whimsical blue hand sanitizer station, with signs emphasizing the antibacterial properties of plants like lavender and rosemary.

Next is the “spring zone” with green seating. There, kids can press LED-lit push buttons that activate educational animations and teach them the “Process of Germination and the Magic of Seeds.”

Upon entering the center of the restaurant, visitors will find a pink pizza oven covered in “bright red infinity mirror periscopes.” If you look into these periscopes, you will see harvested fruits and vegetables.

In the “Spring Zone” pictured, kids can press LED-lit push buttons that activate learning animations

In the “Spring Zone” pictured, kids can press LED-lit push buttons that activate learning animations

Pictured is the restaurant's pizza oven and dining area, which is adorned with banquette seating in summery berry tones

Pictured is the restaurant’s pizza oven and dining area, which is adorned with banquette seating in summery berry tones

The restaurant's pizza oven pictured above is covered in

The restaurant’s pizza oven pictured above is covered in “bright red infinity mirror periscopes.”

Peer into the pizza oven periscopes to see harvested fruit and vegetables

Peer into the pizza oven periscopes to see harvested fruit and vegetables

“Here, children learn all about how food is prepared, where the ingredients come from, and how to recognize and name the different foods that make up their meals,” a statement said.

Visitors can choose the ingredients for the pizzas themselves at the preparation station. If they’re not in the mood for pizza, there’s also cooked-to-order meals, a salad bar, and an “artisan” sandwich station.

“The menu for the Family Kitchen has been created with sustainability in mind and will also include a range of plant-based offerings, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a range of eco-friendly food choices,” the statement said.

This plant-based menu extends to the ice bar, where “kids are introduced to nuts and plants that can be made into milk substitutes, including soy, rice, coconut and oats.”

And guests won’t go thirsty — the restaurant has an espresso bar and unlimited soft drink refills.

After choosing their fare, visitors proceed to the dining room, which is decked out with seating in summery berry tones.

A large pink sculpture of an enset tree – a flowering plant in the banana family – with illuminated leaves towers over the space.

A large pink sculpture of an enset tree - a flowering plant in the banana family - towers over the dining area

A large pink sculpture of an enset tree – a flowering plant in the banana family – towers over the dining area

It is here that artist Tom Hare created the large-scale, hand-woven willow mushroom sculptures that celebrate “the magical world of mushrooms”.

Interactive wooden displays known as the “Wood-Wide-Web” educate guests about the significant role fungal organisms play in our woods and forests.

The Family Kitchen also has an adjacent shop that sells children’s books, toys, and planting kits. The building envelope, designed by HOK Architects, is a net zero carbon timber structure.

Visitors have a choice of cook-to-order hot meals, a salad bar, an

Visitors have a choice of cook-to-order hot meals, a salad bar, an “artisan” sandwich station, and an ice cream parlor

Artist Tom Hare created large-scale, hand-woven willow mushroom sculptures that celebrate Interactive wooden displays, known as the “Wood-Wide-Web” (pictured), educate guests about the significant role fungal organisms play in our forests and forests

Artist Tom Hare created large-scale, hand-woven willow mushroom sculptures that celebrate “the magical world of mushrooms” (pictured left). Interactive wooden displays, known as the “Wood-Wide-Web” (pictured right), educate guests about the significant role fungal organisms play in our forests and forests

A giant apple chair in the restaurant.  The decor is

A giant apple chair in the restaurant. Decor is “inspired by fantastical worlds in literature such as Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”.

The ‘magic restaurant’ furthers the global research of scientists at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, whose mission is to ‘understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on earth’.

It’s not the only eatery in Kew Gardens – there’s also The Botanical Brasserie, which offers afternoon tea, alfresco dining at the Pavilion Bar and Grill, and Orangery, which serves “amazing toasts.”

Jonathan Mizzi, Director of Mizzi Studio, says, “Kew is an institution that has brought so much value to the world. Our goal was to design a space that celebrates nature and learning, helping to engage children and parents in growth, hygiene and food preparation.

“It’s Charlie and the chocolate factory meets a botanical science lab. Through colour, texture and form inspired by the wild, we have created a space that introduces families to the role of the elements in nature, seasonality and the entire journey from plant to plate.

The

The “Magic Restaurant” promotes the worldwide research of the scientists of the Royal Botanical Gardens

It's not the only eatery in Kew Gardens - there's also The Botanical Brasserie, which offers afternoon tea, alfresco dining at the Pavilion Bar and Grill, and Orangery, which serves

It’s not the only eatery in Kew Gardens – there’s also The Botanical Brasserie, which offers afternoon tea, alfresco dining at the Pavilion Bar and Grill, and Orangery, which serves “amazing toasts.” Pictured is the Palm House at Kew Gardens

“The Kew Family Kitchen is a place where the whole family can learn about our ecosystem – how the sun works, how plants work and how food is grown. As we live in a climate crisis, Mizzi Studio believes nothing is more important than using design to advance humanity’s role as steward of our great and beautiful planet. Our goal is therefore to help children fall in love with nature so that they instinctively appreciate and protect it as they grow up.”

Sandra Botterell, Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprises at Kew Gardens adds: “We are very excited [about] Kew Gardens’ brand new food and retail location, the Family Kitchen & Shop. Located next to the wonderful nursery, the restaurant is an ideal place for the whole family to enjoy a meal. We hope this space will bring a sense of adventure and curiosity to life and encourage families to appreciate the delicious opportunities that plants offer in our daily lives.”

For more information visit www.kew.org and www.mizzi.co.