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Annabel's Cultural Committee

Annabel’s has enlisted a formidable creative coterie to bring cultural magic to the Mayfair institution ahead of its opening later this year. Abigail Parkin.

 

The Cultural Committee will comprise photographer Mario Testino, fashion and style commentator Derek Blasberg, make-up artist CharlotteTilbury and contemporary art influencer Hikari Yokoyama.

Opened by Mark Birley in 1963, Annabel’s has been host to names such as Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor and ushered in a new generation of musicians and models to carouse under its vaulted ceilings. Later this year Annabel’s will move two doors down from 44 to 46 Berkeley Square in a spectacular relaunch.  

Creative counsel, Testino will work with Martin Brudnizki and the Annabel’s team on aspects of the atmosphere and setting the tone for the ‘now’ generation. The renowned photographer will collaborate with Hikari Yokoyama on a modern-day version of the Annabel’s Triptych; a piece originally painted by John Ward to celebrate the venue’s 20th anniversary featuring the Club’s founding members. The 2017 version will feature some of  Annabel’s most influential members – quite a potential roll-call when figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss, Tom Cruise, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Anna Wintour have all frequented. Who exactly will feature is yet to be decided.

 

Mario Testino (pictured) said: “It is amazing to be involved in the creative process of reimagining such an iconically British institution. I have many fantastic memories of the nights I’ve spent at Annabel’s, and I’m excited to be part of her next chapter.”

Best-selling author Derek Blasberg will be the club’s discerning sartorial eye. “Over the decades Annabel’s has hosted a veritable who’s who of the fashion elite,” he said. “It’s a place that is synonymous with great taste, indulgence and fabulous style. In a place like Annabel’s it’s impossible to feel – and look – anything but spectacular and I’m thrilled to be offering my creative input.”

Annabel’s also gets a beauty director in the shape of make-up artist, Charlotte Tilbury who is charged with seeing that the club looks and feels sensational. And she should know, with A-list clients and friends including Cara Delevingne and Penelope Cruz.  

Owner of the iconic Mayfair venue Richard Caring said: “London, as the greatest city in the world, deserves the world’s greatest club. Annabel’s, as the world’s greatest club, is assembling a collective of people unparalleled in their fields. Mario Testino has - and continues to be - an absolute force, using his genius in the worlds of photography and creativity. We welcome him to our family.”

The member’s club will be opened in an 18th Century, Grade One listed Georgian Townhouse. At 26,000 square feet, the new Club will offer much more space than the original. For the first time, Annabel’s will offer an all-day and all-night experience, with new and additional floors for Members to work, dine and entertain their guests.

 

Membership enquiries - email membership@annabels.co.uk

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Veuve Gets Hyperreal At Wilderness

Veuve Clicquot announces a twist to this year’s Wilderness festival and invites you to its “hyperrealism experience” in the rural idyll of Cornbury Park in August. Abigail Park

The debut sees Veuve Clicquot bring its creative, bubbly outlook to several festival locations. From 3rd to 6th August its famous yellow label will flutter in Cornbury Park amid Wilderness’s  own special mix of rousing live shows and experiences. Veuve Clicquot’s fun brand of hyperrealism will see champagne fans mingle with nature through the creative prism of tech, music and performance. In the picturesque setting overlooking the lake, guests can relax inside or out, as an extension of the surrounding landscape the space will be full of hanging foliage and vibrant pop-art inspired fruit adorning the bar.

The Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar will host numerous performances from visual dance piece Kimatica, who use body movement and interactive technology to amp up the surreality. Adding to Kimatica’s colour will be Veuve Clicquot’s signature Yellow Label and Veuve Clicquot RICH, a refreshing champagne dedicated to casual over-ice consumption. Food can be enjoyed at the Long Table Banquet with renowned chef Nuno Mendes, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse and Taberna do Mercado, who will be creating a unique menu complemented by Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label on arrival.

 “It’s a perfect mix of foodie, arts and music, with a beautifully scenic backdrop, and all within a family setting,” said Nuno Mendes in his tribute to Wilderness. “I’m excited to be back and look forward to hosting a banquet this year.”

Elsewhere, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be available from five separate bar locations, including the Spa Bar and in Boutique camping. Wilderness festival headliners include the sparkling Two Door Cinema Club on Friday, Bonobo brings the heat on Saturday and the ever-now icon, Grace Jones on Sunday, her first ever Wilderness appearance.

 Tickets from £168.50 +booking fee www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wilderness

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Rum Running With Drink Up London

 

Who better to celebrate National Daiquiri Day with than Bacardi rum and DrinkUp.London? Get ready for a tour of four hand-picked cocktail bars with taxis waiting.  Dee Osborne 

The tours will run across the 18th and 19th of July with a Daiquiri at each stop, three bars lined up, and black cabs ready to drive you between each venue. A £25 ticket triggers your starting venue and the rum-based adventure.

Both of Soho’s bar tours go between the legendary 68 & Boston, the Edition’s stupendous Lobby Bar (where you’ll get some food) and a step back in time to Cahoots in Kingly Court.

Shoreditch’s July 18th tour will travel between the wickedly fun Bad Sports, experimental Super Lyan (with some food included) and the cavernous new space at TT Liquor.

The tour on Wednesday 19th in Shoreditch will take you between the newly-opened London outpost of Red Rooster (food is included at this stop), the Discount Suit Company’s intimate basement bar and the famously fun Cocktail Trading Co.

Three bars, three Daiquiris, a bite to eat and a black cab between venues – and even a goodie bag.

Tickets from DrinkUp.London.

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Club White In BA Club World

British Airways has now boarded luxury lifestyle brand The White Company onto its Club World service. Dee Osborne

The iconic British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits as part of the airline’s £400m customer investment plan. Later this year, customers travelling in Club World between Heathrow and JFK will be given a new elegant day cushion which will double up as a ueful lumbar support when working or relaxing on board. The White Company has also designed a bespoke, luxuriously soft large pillow and white cotton pillowcase to enhance customers’ comfort and to aid sleep.

Customers will also be given a super-soft woven blanket with satin trim and a specially developed luxury duvet, as well as a padded mattress cover giving an extra layer of comfort. The new bedding from The White Company will then be gradually rolled out across British Airways’ other long-haul routes.

The new Club World amenity kits come in an elegantly designed bag from The White Company and contain products from the retailer’s 'Restore & Relax Spa Collection', as well as a super-soft jersey eye-mask, offering a further touch of luxury in the sky. 

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, said: “Our investment in Club World has started and we’re kicking off by helping our customers sleep even better in the skies. Partnering with The White Company, another quintessentially British brand renowned for quality and style, is the first step in a multi-million pound investment for our premium customers.”

Chrissie Rucker MBE, founder of The White Company, said: “We are passionate about creating the best night’s sleep for all our customers and I'm truly delighted to now be working with British Airways to 'sleep well in the sky'. I hope you love the result as much as we do.”


The White Company opened its first international flagship store in New York last month at 155, Fifth Ave in the city’s Flatiron district. Founded by Chrissie Rucker MBE over 22 years ago, The White Company has become one of the UK’s fastest growing multi-channel retailers and a leading lifestyle brand with over 50 stores across the UK

In autumn a new restaurant-style premium dining service will begin in Club World, with display trolleys allowing customers to select dishes from a choice of freshly prepared starters and desserts served on beautiful new table settings.

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Isle of MTV Malta 2017 - Review

Red Carpet is back from a scorching Malta where we watched the 11th Isle of MTV music party led by artists Raye, Jonas Blue, DNCE and the Chainsmokers. Sat Bal  

We weren’t the only ones feeling the sun; DJ Jonas Blue also cited the sweltering heat when quizzed about his first impression of Malta at the pre-show press call, earlier that afternoon. Later at the show the UK DJ’s set threw out a rendition of By Your Side and then stepped things up by inviting British breakthrough artist Raye onto the stage to perform a duet.

 

The limo bus complete with bartenders whisks us to the venue for the show. Cheers MTV!

Raye had made her debut earlier and unwittingly became a showstopper when a technical hitch imposed a short tea break on her set. We just scuttled off to get more drinks from the VIP bar, Raye resumed the music soon enough and the 50,000 or so music fans were unperturbed, so who cares? What’s more this office denies rumours that the hitch was built-in by MTV just so that Raye could have a longer set.

 

Raye makes her IOM debut

 

Her show rolled on with the single Shhh, followed by a rousing cover of Gotta Get Through This and her current single The Line. The tempo changed by the time Raye staged up with Jonas Blue who was then joined by Liza Owen for singalong reworkings of Back In The Day and Fast Car. Jonas Blue’s set culminated with current single Mama, accompanied by Aaron before launching crowd-pleaser Perfect Strangers, aided by fellow Brit, JP Cooper.

 

DNCE axe attack

Bright sun gave way to brighter neon as dusk fell over the Il-Fosos Square venue. Hostess Becca Dudley bounded on to present multi-platinum selling band DNCE. Led by Joe Jonas DNCE took it all filmic with a dramatic Star Wars intro fronted by stormtroopers. DNCE covered tributes to David Bowie including Let’s Dance  and George Michael’s classic Freedom, before performing their much-loved single Kissing Strangers. Huge DNCE-branded inflatables, confetti launches and Co2 jets pleased the ever-dancing crowd. These were tempered by on-screen warnings not to be alarmed at imminent booming sounds, in a nod to the real-world situation. Security had also been beefed up around the site keeping the fun safe.

 

No intro needed to our headliners

The visuals were amped up by headliners the Chainsmokers whose electro buzzed the crowd amid  flame machines and confetti streamers. They opened with huge hit Break Up Every Night making way for  bangers Roses and Young. The circa six-hour night of music was finally brought to a close with their single Closer.

 

 

And with the final reverberations of music hailing the balmy air it was off to the afterparty at the al fresco surrounds of UNO Village until sunrise.

 

See more at www.isleofmtv.com

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Mooring in Mauritius - Review

 

When a country runs at a winter temperature of 24°C you know that its hospitality is also going to be warm. In Mauritius, the hospitality fair sizzles whatever the season, as Sat Bal discovered.  Read more

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Gorillaz Move Into Recruitment With JLR

Multi-platinum Gorillaz has paired up with multi-selling Jaguar Land Rover in a novel way to recruit bright candidates for the latter. Chris Page

The aim is to work together to recruit the next generation of world-class electronics and software engineering talent. The method is to use a code-breaking challenge found in the virtual band’s app.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) hopes to fast-track the best applicants via the Gorillaz App challenge in a major change in the way the business looks for candidates. JLR says it helps tackle the engineering skills gap and inspire and attract a diverse range of talent and new thinking.

Noodle, the band’s guitarist and a JLR ambassador, said: “Can you crack the code? Put your skills to the test!! Hey, maybe you might land yourself *the* most BADASS job you can imagine. Dare to win!”

The Gorillaz App has now launched a new JLR recruitment area featuring a 360-environment of the band’s garage which also features all the iconic vehicles of the Gorillaz. Here, applicants can explore and take a two-part challenge. The first part, designed to educate users about the benefits of electric vehicles, involves assembling the Jaguar I-PACE Concept, Jaguar's first all-electric five-seater sports car. Users can learn about the vehicle’s performance, battery technology, space, charging and range.

The second and more demanding part of the game, developed to engage and recruit budding electronic wizards and coders, will focus on cracking code – there are more than 4,000 combinations, as well as cipher in an alternate reality format. The challenges put a stronger focus on skills and talents than on qualifications.

Alex Heslop, head of electrical engineering, JLR, said: “Here we’ve found an engaging way to recruit a diverse talent pool in software systems, cyber systems, app development and graphics performance. It will be the first of its kind.”

The Jaguar I-TYPE, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's all-electric Formula E racecar, appears in the garage. Users can click on a poster of Noodle with the I-TYPE and ‘FanBoost’ which enables them to vote for the @JaguarRacing team drivers to gain a power boost during their next race or to follow @JaguarRacing twitter channels.

The project follows on from Jaguar Land Rover’s STEM initiative with Gorillaz in 2016, where  founder member and guitarist, Noodle, became Jaguar’s Formula E Racing Ambassador. As the UK’s leading investor in research and development and a leading global automotive manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover is putting Noodle at the forefront of its campaign to address the skills gap that manufacturing worldwide is facing.

JLR recruitment: www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com

JLR says traditional application methods remain open and CVs will be accepted, but it invites potential applicants to download the app and break the codes and solve the problems to fast-track their way into employment.

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Savills - Euro Travel Megatrends Report

 

Global property expert Savills has launched a report which identifies the key trends expected to drive the travel sector by 2030. Abigail Parkin

Its European Hotels Megatrends report predicts that Europe will continue to be the preferred destination for a rising number of ‘silver’ travellers from the EU, Asia and Middle East. These travellers will belie age to opt for more active and sporty getaways by 2030 - in common with younger travellers seeking the same pursuits.

The report sees single holidaymakers across all generations forming a larger share of travellers who will want to meet like-minded people. This is expected to put the onus on hotels to be more accommodating of solo  travellers. It’s partially driven by future traveller confidence in digital connectivity, giving rise to more obscure alternatives in location choice.

Social media will further fuel holidays that allow travellers to “access the inaccessible”. The report goes on to claim that with no new destinations by 2030, travellers will find creative spots that impress their social media followers. It appears that the reward will lie in the risk of uncharted destinations.

Hotel trends are forecast as including facial recognition software across venues to target business travellers, speeding up check-in. Lobbies will offer large, elaborate work/social spaces, with extended food and drink options, as hotels compete with serviced office providers. Also 3D motion technology will allow travellers real-time interaction with colleagues in “immersive” environments. Technology will personalise hotel stays with guests being greeted by their favourite film on TV and their chosen lighting levels as the hotel industry competes with home-sharing platforms.

Ecotourism is expected to rule life by 2030 but without compromising traveller comfort so hotels will need to demonstrate how they minimise their carbon footprint and use fair trade products and support local communities.

George Nicholas, global head of hotels at Savills, said: “Young travellers prioritise ‘experience’ and creating bespoke trips to maximise their leisure time, making them dubious of impersonal hotels and of following well-trodden tourist trails. Alongside this you have the already well-travelled baby boomers who are not willing to compromise on comfort or experience as they grow older. Hotels therefore will need to focus on what they can provide that is truly unique and how they can tailor and personalise their offer, be that for a 22 year old single traveller or a 65 year old couple, to continue to capture their custom in 2030.”

 

 

 

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Dickie's Bar Launches At Corrigan's Mayfair

 

Corrigan’s restaurant is set to open Dickie’s Bar at the end of June in collaboration with Gregory Buda from The Dead Rabbit, New York.

 

Located in Mayfair, Dickie’s Bar will serve drinks ‘til late using the best of the season’s harvest largely sourced from Richard Corrigan’s garden and farm, Virginia Park Lodge.

Collaborator Gregory Buda has picked up awards including World’s Best Bar (World’s 50 Best, 2016) and states his inspiration emerges from his own discoveries in his kitchen at home. He will oversee a menu that takes a culinary approach to cocktail creation by mixing the season's finest ingredients and distillations.

On the menu cocktails such as The Professional Stalker will feature an earthy, dark and boozy mix using Power’s John’s Lane 12-year Irish Whisky, Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Fig, Allspice and Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters. Also on the menu, Stage Door Johnny made with Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey, Peach, Bergamot, Vanilla and Lemon is a tart, soft and smooth creation.

The menu will be designed by Drinksology as a storybook, telling the tale of Dickie’s Bar, the characters behind it and the journey of ingredients, from farm to glass.

"It is extremely exciting to be working on a project with Richard Corrigan,” said Gregory Buda. “He incorporates his Irish roots into his work in a really intriguing way, and at Dead Rabbit, Irish culture and hospitality runs through everything we do, so it makes for a really perfect partnership. We are well on our way to building a bar program that will be on par with the incredible food that is coming out of their kitchen, and that hopefully will draw people's attention on its own as well."

The newly renovated terrace will lead guests to Dickie’s Bar via a separate entrance and picks up the hunting lodge design cues of the main venue. A marble top bar runs down the length of space towards a feature laser cut aged copper wall, behind which the restaurant is located.

Following Richard Corrigan’s success at Michelin-starred townhouse Lindsay House and London favourite Bentley’s Bar and Grill, Corrigan’s Mayfair opened in 2008, simultaneously winning the Evening Standard ‘ London Restaurant of the Year’ award. Last year Corrigan’s Mayfair won ‘Best Dish’ at the Tatler awards.

 “I decided to work with Greg from The Dead Rabbit because he has a true talent, he is experimental with flavour, but has a lot of respect and understanding for the ingredients he uses. It was a natural fit and progression for us,” said Corrigan.

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The Rolls-Royce "Me"

Rolls-Royce Torpedo
Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

The malleability of automotive luxury has been unveiled on the shoreline of Lake Como in the form of the striking Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’ - short on background detail but long on presence.

The car represents the vision of a very wealthy Rolls-Royce customer who worked with the marque to commission his very own coachbuild. The cost of the car, like the name of the owner, is undisclosed but reportedly exceeds £10 million. And so it was, this weekend at Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este that the one-off Sweptail was presented at a press call by Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös. The name of the car emerges from the swept tail of vintage Rolls-Royces from the 1920s.

The most striking feature of the car is its panoramic glass roof which is unobstructed and one of the largest and most complex ever seen on a car before, with a smooth end-to-end curvature that floods the cabin with natural light.

 

 

The secretive customer approached Rolls-Royce in 2013 with a very specific request informed by his background as a connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items including super-yachts and private jets. The client collaborated closely with design director Giles Taylor who helped bring the vision to life: a coachbuilt two-seater coupé featuring a large panoramic glass roof.

““Our job was to guide, edit and finely hone the lines that would ultimately give our client this most perfect of Rolls-Royces,” said Giles Taylor. “Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture. It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer. This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him. You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by.”

 

The iconic Rolls-Royce Pantheon grille, the largest of any modern era Rolls-Royce, is milled from solid aluminium before being painstakingly polished by hand to a mirror finish. The size and scale of this regal-looking coupé is imposing; from the leading edge of the windscreen, the roofline accelerates as it fires backwards towards the rear of the motor car, overshooting the boot lid edge to emphasise its length.

The car comes with identifier and registration number, 08, two individual digits milled from ingots of aluminium and hand-polished.

 

The two-seat configuration simply adds to the image of a car that isn’t concerned with pragmatism, just bygone opulence for the hell of it or as Rolls-Royce puts it, it “exudes the romance of travel for its own sake.”

Inside, precedence goes to the exquisite materials with switchgear kept to a minimum lest it divert attention from the visual luxury of the cabin. It’s a haven of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao, creating visual and tactile contrasts for the owner, both classical and contemporary. This contrasting dark/ light, Ebony and Paldao, is set off by light Moccasin and ‘Dark Spice’ leathers that cover the seats, armrests and dashboard top.

Even the customer’s laptop has been taken into account in the tailored design phase. Secreted in the outboard walls of the car, behind the opening of the coach doors, are two identical panniers. Each pannier deploys forward to present the owner’s bespoke made attaché case which has been carefully packaged to exactly house his personal laptop. The case has been hand-constructed and wrapped in the finest leather to match the car’s interior.

Another personalised ‘wow’ is that the entire centre console houses a one-off hand-built mechanism that, at the touch of a button, will deploy a bottle of the owner’s favourite vintage champagne – the year of his birth – and two crystal champagne flutes. As the lid of the chiller opens, the mechanical action positions the bottle to the perfect position for the owner to pick up. No spillages there, then.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said the car is “in the pantheon of the world’s great intercontinental tourers. We are listening carefully to our most special customers and assessing their interest in investing in similar, completely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces. At the same time we are looking into the resources which will allow us to offer this unique service to these discerning patrons of luxury.”

Photos: James Lipman

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