Pharmacy (restaurants)

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Coordinates: 51°30′32″N 0°11′58″W / 51.50889°N 0.19944°W / 51.50889; -0.19944

Pharmacy was a restaurant in Notting Hill, London, which opened in 1998,[1] later succeeded by Pharmacy 2. The venture was backed, in the early days, by Damien Hirst and the public relations guru, Matthew Freud. It gained further publicity thanks to a dispute with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain which claimed the name and the pill bottles and medical items on display could confuse people looking for a real pharmacy. The name itself was breaching the Medicines Act 1968, which restricts the use of "pharmacy". The restaurant's name was subsequently changed to "Army Chap", and then "Achy Ramp": anagrams of "Pharmacy".

However, initial plans to open further restaurants outside London were quietly dropped and the restaurant itself closed in September 2003.[2][3][4]

Hirst, who had only loaned the restaurant the artwork on display on the premises, went on to earn over £11 million when the items were auctioned at Sotheby's.[5] The restaurant's artwork was celebrated in a 2011 exhibition in Leeds Art Gallery.[6]

On February 26, 2016 Hirst opened his Pharmacy 2 restaurant inside his Newport street gallery in South London, a conversion of 1913 theatrical workshops into a free public art gallery.[7]


  1. ^ "Pharmacy Restaurant & Bar". Damien Hirst. Archived from the original on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (September 2003). "Pharmacy restaurant and bar closes". The Pharmaceutical Journal. 271 (7268): 396. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Barton, Laura (24 September 2003). "The drugs didn't work". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Nigel (23 September 2003). "Artist's "Pharmacy" restaurant closes". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (October 2004). ""Pharmacy" restaurant items sell for £11m". The Pharmaceutical Journal. 273 (7322): 594. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Damien Hirst serves up restaurant art". BBC News. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "damien hirst opens pharmacy 2 restaurant at newport street gallery in london". 17 February 2016.