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Camilla Elphick Brings Bluebird To Heel

It’s not often that desserts invoke the idea of footwear but a Chelsea restaurant’s collaboration  with Camilla Elphick is set to change that. Abigail Parkin  abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Bluebird in Chelsea is sweetening up its dessert menu with the help of Camilla Elphick, the award-winning British footwear brand. The menu takes inspiration from two of Camilla’s favourite things: ice cream and shoes.

The My Favourite Things Menu will launch on the 13th August at the restaurant in King’s Road. For that month diners can contemplate sweet nuances of the infamous Silver Lining Boot arrow detail along with heart silhouettes inspired by her celebrity favoured ‘Lover’ styles and, naturally, her iconic PEZ heel.

Head pastry chef, Roger Pizey brought the visions to life taking the cues from the shoes. He certainly had vibrant colour to work with; the summer 2018 collection PEZ Daisy shoes sport bright orange heels and lively daisies. The culinary translation? Dark chocolate fondant with lemon verbena centre, chocolate ice-cream and a colour pop of edible flowers.

Elsewhere black sesame ice cream with blackberry sorbet, white chocolate arrow and edible glitter evokes the design imagery of Silver Lining Boots.

Bluebird’s pudding includes a different flavour of ice cream to toast the dessert tasting menu in the first collaboration between the two celebrated British brands.

Camilla Elphick said: “I’ve loved every second of this partnership! Combining two of my favourite things- shoes and ice-cream! We decided to create edible incarnations of our designs, and the outcome, three mouthwateringly pretty and delicious desserts. My favourite is the PEZ Daisy shoe inspired chocolate fondant. Although, a mouthful of all three and a glass of fizz would be the dream…”

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Middle Housewarming, Shanghai

SHANGHAI: The House Collective opens the newest House in the group with an opening offer for guests.

The Middle House opens in April and brings Shanghai to its collection. Here's a visual invite of what to expect.

 

House lobby

 

The Middle House stands in the heart of Shanghai and offers 111 guest rooms and 102 serviced apartments known as The Middle House Residences.

 

Chinese cuisine at Sui Tang Shang

 

Architect Piero Lissoni brings an Italian flourish to the hotel and residences in a blend of intimate luxury and urban sophistication. 

 

Studio 70 bathroom

 

The Middle House is the sixth hotel in Asia from Swire Hotels and the fourth House under Swire Hotels’ award-winning The House Collective.

 

Opening offer

 Between 16 April and 30 June stay at the newest House in the group from RMB 2,500 opening offer which includes stay in a Studio 60 and complimentary breakfast at Cafe Gray Deluxe.

 

Full terms and conditions on the website:

 https://www.themiddlehousehotel.com/en/offers-and-gifts/opening-offer/

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March 29, 2018 Posted by admin in Venues

Regal Viewing at The Albert Hall

VIP takes on a different light with the news that a twelve-seat Grand Tier Box is for sale at the Royal Albert Hall, London priced at over £3 million pounds. Lucy Reid

The Grand Tier Box is offered to the market by Harrods Estates with a key selling point that it’s an emerald’s throw from The Royal Box, and offers enviable views of the world’s most anticipated music concerts and events. Events have ranged from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s The Music Of Bond to the European premiere of Star Wars’ ’The Last Jedi’.

The future owner and their lucky invited guests will have the opportunity to see Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo, Morrissey and Art Garfunkel, among others in 2018.

The Grand Tier shares the same level as the Queen’s Box and the Hall’s royal ancestry hails  back to its opening in 1871 by Queen Victoria. Upon the Hall’s opening, Queen Victoria acquired 20 boxes on this tier.                                         

The new owner will automatically receive a membership to the Corporation of the Halls of Arts and Science. The membership was granted to individuals who helped fund the building of the hall in the 1860s, and who then acquired seats in return for governing the Hall for the nation’s benefit.

The owner will also be responsible for such duties as electing the Council and the Hall’s President, approving the level of the annual contribution, and ensuring that the purposes and traditions of the Corporation are upheld.

Jake Irwin-Brown, sales negotiator, Harrods Estates commented: “Grand Tier Boxes at The Royal Albert Hall rarely come to market, this is only the second in nearly a decade that Harrods Estates has been instructed on and this particular Box is located only two boxes away from The Royal Box: perhaps Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be part of the audience at future events, post their wedding next month."

Aside from entertainment value, Harrods points out the expected monetary appreciation of the Grand Tier Box and its hereditary potential for successive generations, given that the £3 million asking price is for a lease of 848 years. 

                                                                                                                                            

Contact Jake Irwin-Brown on 020 3650 4600

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Hola, Cancun!

 

MEXICO: February-March means it’s time to escape the British freeze and cast out for warm climes. But where in the world would blend white-beach luxury in blue-sea tropical surrounds and syncopate hard play with a soft chill? Cancun met our party-relaxation brief with ease. Sat Bal

 

The Brief

Week one of our geographic was to be filled with solar-powered parties in a playful but luxury setting. The Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya answered the call like a natural, living up to its rock credentials.

Week two in Cancun required a change in tempo: privacy, peace and a reclaiming of the soul. Where better than the AAA Five Diamond awarded Secrets Maroma Beach in Riviera Cancun? A blissful recovery on a gold platter - around 45 minutes from the Hard Rock.

 

Hard Rock Hotel (HRH)

A 45-50 minute transfer from Cancun International airport, HRH played to our strengths with its ‘resort within a resort’ concept. The family-friendly Hacienda setting offered a hard-play edge of live music shows and beach frolics while the Heaven complex embraced a more refined adults-only isolation. Combined, the 1,264-room hotel feels vast as evidenced by the scurrying of transfer buggys across the lush palm-lined site.

Adult guests at either resort can wander across to use facilities at either Heaven or Hacienda. Stop press: HRH has announced that from the end of March 2018 Heaven will be managed as a family hotel so it’ll no longer be kids-free.

 

Themes

 

 

The HRH mantra is ‘undeniable excess at every turn’ and the pioneers of excess loom large here. Jimi Hendrix, Bowie, Prince and other legends added a supernatural tinge to the stay, looking down from huge monochrome portraits. Jim Morrison (above) held court in the Hacienda’s Sun Bar, his hair a montage of vinyl records. Elsewhere, Aerosmith’s drum kit and all manner of artist personal effects in display cabinets, persistent  reminders of why this place is called Hard Rock.

 

All-inclusive

It really is - even down to ordering room service. So enjoy the indulgence of ordering up tea and coffee first thing, despite having a perfectly good coffee machine in your suite. The array of restaurants form part of the package too. Neither will you need to pack your favourite duty-free tipple; all top shelf drinks are complimentary as is the mini bar. Where things do cost, such as spa treatments, your complimentary resort credits will offer discounts.

 

Rooms

 

The Bret Michael's Rock Star Suite

 

All rooms are well-appointed with hydro spa tubs, a private balcony/terrace with hammocks and complimentary wi-fi throughout. Views range from garden to the panorama of the Caribbean sea with first-quarter prices starting from circa $300 a night to $2,000 a night for the apex experience.

Upgrade to Rock Royalty status and the fun really starts with VIP pool area and your own personal assistant.

The two-bedroom Rock Star Suite (4991 sq ft) and the Rock Suite Platinum Rooftop Lounge (5,166 sq ft) raise the pinnacles of luxury to levels that bona fide A-listers would surely approve of.

Service is willing and warm, on a par with Asian service, across the board.

 

Beaches & Pools

HRH claims a private white sand beach and invites snorkel and kayak fans alike.

If the beach is your priority we’d suggest spending more time at Secrets Maroma Beach which was more expansive and less busy. At HRH we just missed the 'Spring Break' when hordes of N. Americans fly over to boost the fun.

For adults only, the Central Pool at Heaven is just the ticket for sun, lounge, or cool off with an abundance of cocktails. There’s also a semi Olympic pool, cross current rhythm pool - and, of course, the crystalline Caribbean!

  

Restaurants & Bars

 

 

Hacienda offers seven restaurants including à la carte Asian dishes at Zen, Brazil’s best at Ipanema and hot Mexican at Frida. Caffeto is great for an early pastry breakfast or a late baguette grab. Over at Heaven head to Toro for a rich steak, Le Petit Cochon for French à la carte and Ciao for Italian among the five dining areas.   

For drinks, settle down at Heaven’s Martini Bar or the Sun Bar at Hacienda while Float bar invites the pool. At nightclub Club Heaven, live DJs starts the party around 11pm and take it into the early hours.   

 

Rock Spa

 

 

HRH boasts the largest spa in the Caribbean with 75 treatment rooms. On offer is everything from steam rooms to hydrotherapy current pools. The surroundings are among the most lavish we’ve seen and the view from the pools is inspirational. There’s even a yoga temple!

 

Weather

What's to say? The odd peppering of rainfall in the early hours but every day blazing with sun and skirting 30 degrees. Autumn tends to see the rain.

 

Out and about

Popular excursions range from the Mayan history site of Chichén Itzá to water park fun at Xcaret. Nightclubbers, make  your way to Coco Bongo though the in-house club at Heaven got full and fun too.  Amstar is the local excursion agency of choice but bookings can also be made via the hotel concierge. 

Flying out

UK operators British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook will get you out there in around 11 hours non-stop.

 

See our next week at Secrets Maroma Beach…

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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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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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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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Bunga Bunga Launch

Sheridan Smith

 

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden launched last night with a headline performance by Sheridan Smith on 12 January. Abigail Parkin

The new live entertainment dining venue hosted guests including Lottie Moss, Donna Air & Joshua Kane who watched Sheridan Smith perform Don't Rain on My Parade and People.

 The event was staged in association with Martini and guests enjoyed cocktails such as Don Silvio Bunga Martini Rubino while rousing performances from the Man in the Balloon took place along with the Champagne Juggler and the Jersey Boys who played alongside the Bunga Boys.

Sheridan Smith wowed the audience in a gold wrap-around dress, in her first performance since her father passed away last year. Her ‘Daddy’s Girl’ tattoo, etched down her arm, made its public tribute to him.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is the latest project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, and boats a new address. BungaTINI on the ground floor is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar. However, look again and located in the far corner of BungaTINI is a secret door to a meat locker. Those brave enough to venture beyond the meat locker can expect  some of London’s finest acts. 

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Archer Street Calls Talent

Archer St

Soho's Archer Street bar is making its annual call-out to future stage stars with its 'Archer Street's Got Talent' contest on 21 Feb. Abigail Parkin

Entrants are in with a chance of scooping a £3,000 cash prize and a profile-enhancing media and support package. The judging panel claims previous names such as Piers Morgan and Michael Ball and the 2017 event promises a panel comprising  three industry professionals from the world of pop, theatre and television with a surprise celebrity guest judge each week.

Previous winners of Archer Street's Got Talent include Alex Francis, brother to BRIT Award winner James Bay who recently played at Time Out's Rising Stars and will launch his debut EP in January. The competition is well attended by talent scouts from all areas of the music industry, with other past contestants going on to X Factor & The Voice.

Archer Street's Got Talent finalist Kerrianne Covell made it through to the judges' houses on X-Factor, Rozzy Turner joined Will.i.am's team and Deano Boroczky joined Paloma Faiths team on The Voice

This year's contest will begin with auditions at the end of January in Archer Street's après-ski pop-up bar Piste before the heats begin on 21st February. Guests are welcomed down every Tuesday thereafter until the 2017 Voice of Soho is crowned on the 18th April.

Archer Street's Siobhan MaGill has brought the essence of the theatre into Freedom on Wardour Street and at Archer Street, whose bar staff comprise singing talent that's performed at London musicals including Thriller, We Will Rock You and Book of Mormon.

 

To enter, email: gottalent@archerstreet.co.uk

Over 18s who want a grab at the voice of 2017 should email with a photograph, a brief description of vocal experience and a music or video link.

Closing date for applications Jan 23rd 2017.

Auditions: 30th January & 1st February - 10am to 6pm

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