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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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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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Summer Festivals Fuelled By Eat to the Beat

Is Lady Gaga an avocado fan? Does Chris Martin enjoy a wild mushroom munch? The answers are all in a season’s work for long-time artist caterer Eat to the Beat .

The company’s hectic festival roster starts from now and end in. Eat to the Beat (ETTB) and parent company GIG will be delivering backstage, crew and VIP artist catering at 16 of the UK’s major festivals including Glastonbury at Worthy Farm, Somerset.

ETTB has 19 years of Glastonbury experience and has perfected an operational plan to be executed by a team of 10. The process is being overseen by Mary Shelley-Smith, ETTB’s global operations director. In short, her team will feed crews and artists, including the BBC’s crew and presenters, from the show build phase throughout the festival until site clearance.

 “Glastonbury involves meticulous planning and agility in delivery,” said Mary Shelley-Smith. “We bring our own equipment onto site which includes sinks and hot water provision. A 50-strong team supported by numerous volunteers serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to 950 people each day, but over the main festival days Eat to the Beat will serve over 13,000 meals. “Our team of around 20 chefs will provide a 24-7 service including three course lunches with lots of choice to suit every artist and crew taste we’ve come across!”

Crews from ETTB will be work until at major festivals throughout the summer, ending at Leeds Festival in August. Interim stops include V Festival, Download and the Rewind Festivals.

See : www.globalinfusiongroup.com

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Nikki Beach At Cannes Film Festival

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Nikki Beach will be boosting the celebrations at the 70th Cannes Film Festival this week when the luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand hits its 15th anniversary in Cannes.

The global brand has been in attendance consecutively since its 2003 debut pop-up venue at the Festival, adding its own hedonist mix of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art to Cannes’ premium partying.

Nikki Beach Cannes promises 2017 “to be the most elegant and entertaining year yet, with the pop-up playing host to a mix of soirees, candlelit dinners, private events, charitable cocktail receptions, press junkets and more.”

“Our first pop-up at Cannes, in 2003, feels like it was yesterday,” says Jack Penrod, founder and owner, Nikki Beach Worldwide. “Every year, we set out to create a destination that gives everyone a beachside location to chill out from their hectic schedules during the Festival, and every year, we come away with unforgettable memories.”

This time, Nikki Beach Cannes will partner with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to host an event to honour “a charitable partner.” The HFPA will also offer a dedicated space within Nikki Beach Cannes for press interviews and will host lunches every day.

Previous celeb guests have included Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Scarlett Johansson and Pharrell. Nikki Beach sponsors include Jacob & Co., Perrier Jouët, Elyx Vodka, Cointreau and Citroën Cars whose cars will be on display at the InterContinental Carlton at La Plage.

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Nikki Beach Cannes: 58 Blvd de la Croisette (at La Plage of the InterContinental Carlton Hotel) daily from May 17 - 28

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Aston Martin – Run of the ‘Mill’

“Okay, now take your hands off the wheel and hold them in the air,” urges Joe calmly. I glance at the digital speedo : 120mph. Is this man insane? Sort of. He’s an ultra-confident Aston Martin driving specialist. Sat Bal is driven to distraction.  Read more

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Virgin's New LGW Clubhouse Lounge

 

Virgin Atlantic’s Gatwick flyers can look forward to a new Clubhouse lounge, check-in area and extra kiosks to aid that relaxed start to their holidays. Sat Bal 

An imposing marble bar is sure to get plenty of attention especially with East London cocktail bar White Lyan on board to offer a bespoke selection of cocktails from its award-winning menu.

Taking the cue from its Heathrow predecessor the Gatwick Clubhouse invites more customers to pamper in the spa area, now that it’s doubled the number of treatment rooms.

 

Elsewhere, a woodland themed play area filled with toys and games is designed to keep the children happy while you explore the menu featuring the famous Clubhouse burger alongside a variety of breakfast and lunch options.

 

 

Mark Anderson, Virgin Atlantic’s executive VP, Customer, commented: “We want our customers to have the best possible experience at the airport and those visiting the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse will be in for a real treat. Cocktails designed by award winning mixologists, hearty food options and relaxing spa treatments, all set within a luxurious environment,really make for a truly and memorable customer experience.

“Our Gatwick customers travel to a variety of global destinations and whether they’re planning to relax in the Caribbean or soak up the theme parks in Orlando, our new Clubhouse will make the start of any break truly special.”

The new space is situated next to the Virgin Holidays v-room, across their own private floor, meaning customers really are whisked away from the hustle and bustle of the airport. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural daylight to flood in along with sweeping views across the runway.

As part of Virgin Atlantic’s switch to the North Terminal, the airline will also be unveiling its new check-in area, situated in Zone A. A giant gold feature wall, along with the usual red and purple tones instantly mark the airline’s arrival.

Virgin Holidays has also announced the opening of its new v-room, which is housed next door to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. Virgin Holidays customers can book entry to the v-room via :

https://www.virginholidays.co.uk/travel-extras/airport-lounges/v-room

 

See our Heathrow Clubhouse review at:

 

On board Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class

 

 http://redcarpetmagazine.co.uk/on-board-virgin-upper-class/#more-2531

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Paul McCartney vs Sony/ATV

The perennial rights battle between record companies and artists resurfaces with the news that Paul McCartney has sued music publisher Sony/ATV for ownership of songs that he co-wrote back in his days as a Beatles. Sat Bal

McCartney’s legal action follows hot on the heels of Duran Duran’s recent failure to secure copyright reversion of its hit songs. A similar claim by Paul McCartney filed in a New York court aims to “confirm his ownership” of Beatles’ compositions “which are granted to him by US copyright law.” The action follows the alleged reticence of Sony/ATV to green-light ownership despite previous filings that McCartney has reportedly made.   

McCartney’s lawyers are staking his claim on the magic number, 56. Under the US 1976 Copyright

Act, the rights to songs written before 1978 revert to their writers 56 years after the date of the composer’s original copyright. McCartney's pre-emptive move thus aims to secure copyright in 2018, signifying 56 years after he and John Lennon began writing in 1962.

The distinction between Duran Duran’s failure and Paul McCartney’s success is likely to lie in national jurisdiction, with the latter hoping that his US legal rights will win the day.

 

Duran Duran (above at the MTV awards, Milan 2015) had expected to reclaim copyright by attempting to invoke the 35-year time limit permitted by US law. But the stunned band lost out when the UK High Court ruled that English contract prevailed over the band’s US statutory rights. Effectively, this English literal interpretation now denies the band copyright over 80s money-spinning hits such as Rio.

Mindful of this, it seems that Paul McCartney’s legal team will stay clear of the UK and aim to exploit  the pro-artist climate espoused by the US legislature, as many American artists have found to their benefit.

While McCartney’s lawyers assert that a judicial declaration on the matter is now appropriate, since the terminations become effective next year, Sony/ATV claims that the action is “unnecessary and premature.” Naturally.

 

 

 

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Mandarin Fan Club

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, Reveals 'Our Fans' By Sir Peter Blake

Leading art figure Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group  to create a striking collage which will cover the façade of its Hyde Park, London hotel during part of the hotel’s comprehensive phased renovation. Sat Bal

The immense collage entitled Our Fans, has been created to provide an eye-catching diversion along Knightsbridge. Our Fans, the largest artwork Sir Peter Blake has ever created, is a collage of 100 prominent faces, from Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren to Joanna Lumley and Jenny Packham. All are regular guests at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London as well as fans of the Group’s hotels around the world.

 “Some of my first works were collages of crowds of people; this piece is in the spirit of The Beatles 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album,” said Sir Peter Blake, the artist responsible for this iconic album cover. It is therefore entirely apt that Sir Paul McCartney and fellow Beatles' bandmate Ringo Starr should feature in the poster, during the 50th anniversary of the album.

“This artwork was very different to my usual way of working”, he said. “A collage is very time consuming and laborious, but this was more a matter of arranging the figures and making them work together - making sure no one had a cut-off shoulder or missing legs - that’s the skill of it. It was an amazing project to work on. Hopefully, people passing by will try to spot celebrities they recognize,” he added.

Displayed prominently on the front of the building, this striking work is a visual treat. “We are delighted to showcase this original piece by such a talented artist in London, the home of our European flagship hotel,” said Jill Kluge, Mandarin Oriental’s group director of brand communications. “ [It] is part of the fabric of London life, and this exciting renovation project is designed to confirm it as one of the leading luxury hotels in the world. Sir Peter Blake’s artistic masterpiece not only pays tribute to the city, but also celebrates the Group’s global reach, in a truly original way,” she added.

Mandarin Oriental’s creative advertising agency, LONDON advertising, created the concept of the poster, and interviewed Sir Peter Blake about this project. Click here to view the interview.

 

Click the title to see our Hong Kong piece :

 

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Review

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Eventist Group Changes

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Best Parties Ever has officially become Eventist Group, comprising five hospitality businesses. Sat Bal


They are Best Parties Ever, Tapenade (corporate and private caterer), Tobacco Dock Food (in-house caterer at venue Tobacco Dock, Arribar and iELive (bar and drinks specialist, sound and AV).
The company's remit covers everything from Christmas parties and summer hospitality to business conferences, music festivals and private milestone occasions. Its summer roster of 75 events has includes Glastonbury, RIAT, Henley and Farnborough Air Show.


Managing director of Eventist Group, Tim Stevens, said of the relaunch: “We have some fantastic brands with some creative, knowledgeable and inspiring staff and we wanted to unite them all and highlight our expertise. We’re proud of our new identity and look forward to building on our successes.”

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Purple Reign

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The PR team at Purple London is set to launch the Blakes restaurant and Blakes Bar offering this month following appointment by Blakes Hotels. (1 Jun 2016)

Blakes was famously established by renowned interior designer Anouska Hempel. becoming South Kensington’s foremost luxury lifestyle hotel. The hotel’s location and ‘couture’ concept has long blended sophistication, impeccable service and customer privacy to win the hearts of the film, music and design fraternity.

The 5-star venue’s restaurant and bar account will be led and overseen by Purple London’s Kate Bell, assisted by Yael Roth and Pia Fontes .

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