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Film London

LONDON We’ve been behind the scenes and on the red carpet for the film season in London’s West End but film fans have plenty more to enjoy in  October.  Lucy Kale

Raindance Film Festival might have wrapped but the BFI London Film Festival (2nd – 13th October) is set to hit town and open to a fanfare in Leicester Square.

BFI London Film Festival’s artistic director Tricia Tuttle said:

 “We’re delighted to be able to host so many of the screenings and events as part of th BFI London Film Festival here in and around Leicester Square. The area’s rich history and reputation as the home of entertainment really adds to the festival atmosphere and we will be hosting many of the main galas in the extraordinary new Odeon Luxe and we’re thrilled to be back at the plush screens at Vue on the Square and hope to see as many members of the public there as possible to enjoy it!”

Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus businesses are joining the BFI mood by offering additional activities throughout BFI London Film Festival. So, hang on to cinema tickets which will entitle you to plenty of discounts.

 

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will be a main West End venue for the festival, where the landmark cinema will be hosting the Opening, Closing and American Express Galas.

LEAFF (London East Asia Film Festival) ODEON will be hosting the opening night gala of the LEAFF on the night of 24th October

ODEON, Oscar's Bar

Sip up a wide selection of film-themed cocktails. From £11 - £20 each, sip on a movie-mad concoction including Popcorn Espresso Martini, Oscar's Pop n Coke or a Lily's Pink Gin Spritz.

Planet Hollywood

Enjoy a selection of film themed cocktails, like the Terminator, the exclusive Raindance Film Festival Cocktail. Filled with Pink Gin and Martini Fiero with grapefruit juice topped off with tonic, it’s a must for any film buff!

And enjoy an exclusive 20% off food when you show your film festival ticket in the restaurant or use mention festival code: FILM20 to redeem the offer.

Victory House Hotel

Treat yourself to the best seats in the house with overlooking views of the red-carpet action outside both Vue and ODEON Luxe LSQ, with a special 10% off bookings during the festival season

Byron Burger

Throughout the film season, both Byron Haymarket and Byron Charing Cross will be offering 2-4-1 cocktails for anyone attending both film festivals – show your film ticket to your server and claim on arrival when you buy a burger.

London Rialto G Casino

Anyone with a West End Cinema ticket, or a pass to a pre-purchased festival pass can be treated to a mouth-watering deal of 2-4-1 cocktails. Filled with classic casino games and a stylish bar area from which you can enjoy the full French Renaissance style décor, it’s the perfect place to refuel before (or after) your cinematic adventure.

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Colours Hoxton Launches

LONDON The Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has been transformed into the vibrancy of Colours London by Mothership Group which brings with it a colourful entertainment programme diary. Lucy Kale

The just-opened 300-capacity live space promises gigs and club-nights programmed in collaboration with fellow well-loved multi-arts spaces Village Underground and EartH so expect lots of genre-crossing action music, art and performance.

These include residencies from inclusive LGBTQ+ Bollywood powerhouse Hungama, girl power gang Pxssy Palace, house, disco and techno party Naturalia, the female-led immersive collective Shotgun Carousel, garage extravaganza Lord of The Tings and Village Underground favourites The Heatwave presents.

Elsewhere the venue’s SuperCulture room will host cutting-edge cultural events every weeknight. These range from an ‘after school’ club with Maisie Williams’ creative networking app ‘Daisie’ to  Neon Naked Life Drawing panels with Anti Diet Riot Club.

Daytime sees invited local artists and creative networks occupy a free space to host meetings, rehearsals and record podcasts.

The sounds is set to reverb through London thanks to a show-stopping D&B Audiotechnik PA System, which will be busy with the hottest in Nu Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, Electro Pop, and R’n’B to East London.

Performances already confirmed from BBC 1Xtra favourite RuthAnne, disco pop duo Ekkah, indie rockers No Hot Ashes, Sheafs and Last Dinosaurs, rising R&B talents Olivia Nelson and Rachel Foxx, and the interactive and soul lifting Gospeloke, the eclectic line-up will set music fans alight.

Interior design comes from Mare Street Market’s outfitters alongside an exclusive exhibition of artwork by the brains behind Lady Gaga’s iconic Telephone Hat Fred Butler.

Colours lives up to its name with a bespoke LED lighting installation (headline pic) called The Colour Trap designed by Burning Man lighting sculptor Christopher Shardt, in a one-of-a-kind entrancer that takes revellers into undulating patterns and colour.

The Orange Buffalo takes up residency in the kitchen where several exclusive new dishes await: plant based burger ‘The Nawty’ and a Buffalo Chicken Salad, plus the famous wings.

Chloe Uppington, head of events for Mothership Group said: “Colours will be a bold and beautiful temple of creativity and celebration of live music. A testament to Hoxton’s past, which overflows with seminal moments across club, culture and the art scene, Colours is part of a dedicated push to keep young artists and musicians in East London.

Village Underground commented:

“London is crying out for more live music venues, so we're thrilled to be collaborating with such an exciting new space in East London. Colours will be a vital platform for developing artists and promoters on the cusp of stardom.”

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The Cotswold Quartet

COTSWOLDS The picturesque Cotswolds sets the scene for four properties on offer by Barons Eden Limited, represented by Savills. Lucy Reid

The assets in the portfolio are: Huxleys Restaurant (pictured above) and Island House, both in Chipping Campden; The Dial House Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water and The Old Bank in Moreton-in-Marsh. 

Offers are invited for the whole portfolio or for purchase of individual properties.   

Housed in a seventeenth century building, Huxleys Restaurant in the heart of Chipping Campden, offers 100 covers across both inside and outside space, including two private dining rooms. Island House, on Chipping Campden’s high street, provides a rare opportunity to create a new food and beverage offering.

 The Dial House Hotel provides 15 boutique rooms all of which are en-suite alongside two recently renovated dining areas and a bar lounge. Prominently located in the centre of the picturesque high street of Bourton-on-the-Water, there’s ample opportunity for further development of the grounds.

 The Old Bank in Moreton-in-Marsh town centre has planning to convert to a 10 bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar and would suit a range of other uses subject to planning permission. 

James Greenslade, associate director in the hotels team at Savills, comments: “These four charming assets provide a rare opportunity to acquire properties in the picturesque Cotswolds villages. Each one is unique in its character and all provide a range of opportunities for new owners, in particular the redevelopment of Island House could work well in conjunction with the existing operation at Huxleys.”

Adrian Pearson of Barons Eden Limited adds: “We are choosing to sell our Cotswold assets in order to concentrate on expanding our portfolio of larger hotels and spas.” 

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Dita set for Manchester

MANCHESTER Dita Von Teese is set to fly in from LA for the grand launch of Whiskey Down, Manchester’s new late-night cabaret venue on Saturday 27th July. Sat Bal

Whiskey Down is pushing the plane out to allow the burlesque star to unfurl at  Manchester’s new luxurious night-time venue in what the organisers claim will be “Dita’s most intimate show in years.”

“Dita (is) by definition the world’s biggest name in burlesque, her shows are legendary experiences and always visual, fashionable & super glamorous,” said Whiskey Down MD Aaron Mellor. “We are really pleased she is able to join us for our Manchester opening.”

Limited edition tickets (100) will be available to purchase online from today. Private tables and luxury booths are also available to hire. As well as an intimate performance, guests will be treated to a signing and photo opp with Dita herself. 

The “super luxe playground” of Whiskey Down launched in Manchester on the 20th July and is split across two floors, with the first floor housing an adult cabaret stage and opulent leather booths, dark woods, floor to ceiling bookcases and a world class selection of whiskey and gins. A naughtier basement floor is fitted with themed rooms for party bookings and private dances.

Taking influence from venues such as The Box in London and New York, Crazy Horse and Moulin Rouge in Paris, the space is aimed at both men and women seeking a night of intrigue, secrecy and sexuality as an art form. 

Buy tickets on Skiddle here

To book private tables and luxury booths email Sarah@whiskeydown.co.uk 

M: 07930 668874

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Marriott's Florida Fanfare

FLORIDA Southwest Florida is shimmering with the unveiling of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Part of its $320 million refurbishment features the new Lanai Tower with more than 100,000 square feet of tech-integrated meeting and event space while its 'Paradise by Sirene' ushers adults into a more existential escapism. Abigail Parkin

The Lanai Tower (below) crowned the final phase of the three-year makeover which also brings the five new restaurants – Ario, Maia and Kane Tiki Bar & Grill. Lanai Tower too houses a restaurant, Tesoro: a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant designed exclusively for adults.

Guests can also immerse themselves in the recently unveiled 94-room Paradise by Sirene experience on floors 6-9, which promises to ensconce guests in wellbeing through a selection of exclusive amenities. Sirene’s exclusive rooftop access and pool and sun deck is open to you as is a personal beach butler.

 'Friends of Sirene' will receive wearable technology bracelets to unlock their rooms and suites and identify their status to staff for further privileges and luxuries.

The Gulf of Mexico boasts soft, sandy beaches and crystal waters which makes it a perfect coastal retreat for families. The multiple resort pools include a main resort pool and a Tiki Kids pool complete with waterslide and waterfall.

Presidential suite terrace

The debut of Tesoro and 10K Alley propels the resort’s dining offerings into the next echelon of culinary experiences. Tesoro, named after the Italian word for “treasure,” is an atmospheric restaurant that caters exclusively to adults and will showcase inspired Mediterranean cuisine served tapas style, highlighting the flavors of France, Italy, Spain and Greece.

 Tesoro dazzles guests with its chic decor, panoramic views from the fifth floor of the Lanai Tower, and multi-faceted menu celebrating the bountiful offerings from the Gulf, such as whole grilled local catches and a fresh raw bar, as well as the on-property Savita Garden’s fresh herbs, edible flowers and seasonal produce.

Tesoro Dining

At Tesoro’s bar, visitors can sip cocktails that use rare liqueurs from the Mediterranean , Sangrias served with a modern twist, an array of Spritzers created with house-made sodas as well a wine selection hailing from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Israel. 

Adult exclusive corner suite

Laid-back fun is to be had at 10K Alley (below) which has the look and feel of a sleek and modern distillery. Whether enjoying gastropub fare at the circular bar, communal high-tops or in the main dining area, visitors will delight in the restaurant’s elevated cuisine, decadent milkshakes and other treats.

Some of the bourbons were created exclusively for 10K Alley in a partnership between the JW Marriott Marco Island, Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve. In addition to its handcrafted food and drinks, 10K Alley boasts a mix of classic and contemporary games that invite guests and groups to indulge in friendly competition.

Presidential suite

The resort also has two private golf courses – the renovated Rookery and Hammock Bay, a world‐class, Audubon gold signature, par-72 course developed by Jacobsen and Hardy.

Calusa room

The resort’s state-of-the-art meeting and event space, located on floors 1-3 of the Lanai Tower, features two ballrooms with spacious pre-function areas, two outdoor terraces and numerous breakout rooms totaling 100,000 square feet.

The crown jewel of the newly opened tower is its Calusa Grand Ballroom, which offers meetings, conventions and special events up to 30,000 square feet of versatile, high-tech space accompanied by 24-foot ceilings and a striking terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Full-length windows bathe the pre-function area in natural light, providing attendees with an inspired setting for success. The tower also boasts a 17,000 square-foot Banyan Ballroom, which can easily expand to 34,000 square feet of continuous event space when combined with the Banyan Foyer.

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Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal

PARIS The change of season and the end of the yellow vest protests made Paris a perfect weekend prospect - especially when our stay was at the exclusive Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal.  Sat Bal

The hotel is more intimate than its name suggests: 57 rooms and 11 suites set in imposing 18th-century architecture. Apt too that the hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group which itself features over 500 small, but perfectly formed, boutique venues around the world.

PURPOSE

A weekend of partying. Where better to disport ourselves than the Panoramic Suite? The most luxurious suite in this maison took up the strain with panache. Its versatility also makes it ideal for business stays and families.

LOCATION

Very Paris, but located away from the noisy bustle thanks to the hotel’s position by the neighbouring gardens of Palais Royal. Yet the Louvre, Place Vendôme and Palais Garner are an easy stroll away.

DESIGN

This elegant five-star hotel was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon whose design portfolio includes the likes of the Four Seasons Hotel George V and the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. The artwork is imposing on arrival into the lobby where Hellenistic sculptures add to the guest greeting. Hangings and fabrics come from the expertise of Pierre Frey with furnishings by Philippe Hurel and lighting by Delisle.

PANORAMIC SUITE

This is the best suite in the house, edging past the Royal Suite, and was the perfect venue for our party stay. Its exclusivity was made immediately obvious by our own private elevator which whisked us to the seventh floor.

The first real impression was made on the terrace outside the suite. With the Eiffel Tower clearly visible to the left of us and the Louvre and Palais Royal gardens in our sights, the Panoramic Suite certainly lived up to its name! The Palace of Versailles might have been out of our panorama but the "Sun King" feel prevailed nonetheless.

The usual guest view from the seventh floor - avec Eiffel Tower

We made instant use of the expansive terrace which was flooded by sun and, soon enough, with bottles of France’s best. Nearly 300 sq ft of space and an assortment of loungers, tables and chairs easily held 15 people here. Let the party commence!

Our view from our seventh floor terrace - Vive la France!

The feeling of seclusion and privacy here meant that there we no qualms about plugging in sound systems unintrusively.

The Panoramic Suite also features a private dining room in the lounge area and king beds beyond for when sleep becomes a necessity.

It has to be said that the circa £3,500-plus that secured this suite over the weekend will get you ‘Paris space’ ie. more compact than apex suites in other cities and the Panoramic will thus only sleep two adults and two kids. The rest of the rooms in the hotel follow suit with Paris space and start at around £350. Yet the upside is that all rooms, suites and leisure spaces come with a finesse that is unequivocally…Paris.

As if to emphasise the sunny day, shafts of daylight set the marble bathroom aglow, amply furnished with double sink, bath and shower in the Panoramic.

STAFF AND SERVICE

The lounge bar

Staff joyfully aided and abetted our seventh-floor shenanigans, encouraging us Brits to make merry. The warmth and courtesy percolated down to the lobby. Special mention must also be made of Leon, the French-sounding Englishman, who presided over the intimate hotel lounge bar and swapped tales of Birmingham and tricks with gin.

Le Lulli restaurant is headed by Jean-Baptiste Orieux whose exquisite dishes are made from local and seasonal ingredients.   

Elsewhere, Wi-Fi comes free and accomplished ‘Clefs d’or’ concierge caters for all whims. There’s also a Carita spa, Turkish bath and fitness centre. There are also special services for families and children.

GRAND HÔTEL DU PALAIS ROYAL

4 rue de Valois, Paris, FR, 75001

33-142-961535

www.grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com

www.slh.com

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Soho Residence in £1m Transformation

LONDON The launch party of the Soho Residence brought in rafts of revellers - and a feeling that  this iconic venue is set to change Soho’s leisure scape. Here's how the event unfurled...

The heritage-rich Soho Residence resides in the 126-year-old Roundhouse building and offers three floors featuring a Botanical Bar with art deco style, late night party space Festival Club and the decadent Gin Parlour.

They have in common an elegant style and grace typified by the snug sofas and rich fabrics. Here, the capacity crowd of 350 can enjoy a selection of craft beers and botanical cocktails or the opulent gin parlour.



On the ground floor is the Botanical Bar, art deco style with huge windows and a fresh botanical feel aided by hanging plants. Banquette seating and plump cushions offer guests a cool Soho welcome. The basement Festival Club is a place for late, adult partying with refined lighting and big screen imaging to encourage glitterati to let its hair down.

Take a stroll to the first floor Gin Parlour with its high ceilings and tall windows which offer up the bustling streets of Soho below. Here, an extensive selection of the world's finest gins can be sipped in the sumptuous comfort of the furnishings, aiding the VIP feel.

The good news for groups is that both the Festival Club and the Gin Parlour are available for private hire.

Look out for venue details after more images of the night...




Soho Residence
http://sohoresidence.co.uk/
020 7434 9413
83 -85 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 6QE

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Art-itechture at New McQueen Store

LONDON British fashion icon Alexander McQueen has opened a brand new store on London’s Old Bond Street in a must-see blend of art and architecture.

It hails an experiential shopping vision that harks back to McQueen himself and his fixation with nature and natural materials.  

The store exhibits the design talents of Serpentine Pavilion architect Smiljan Radic. The design concept was envisioned by Sarah Burton,creative director at Alexander McQueen.

Dark and light wood abounds per the brand’s fixation with the natural world with futuristic glass cylinders bringing in a clever contrast and lots of light.

The nature-as-art theme continues with the sculptures of Chilean artist Marcela Correa whose works of bronze, granite and wood dot the store.

The building comprises three floors and brings in the label’s womenswear and menswear collections. It also honours McQueen with a presentation of past collections and photography.

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Amara Opens at Four Seasons Fairways

PORTUGAL If stunning views are part of your dining experience then head to the new Amara restaurant when you’re in the Algarve. Lucy Kale  lucy@redcarpetmagazine

It promises one of the finest views in Quinta do Lago with the restaurant forming part of the new redevelopments at Four Seasons Fairways, Algarve.

The Portuguese influence abounds, with the lighting taking its cue from the striking scenery of the Algarve’s famous almond trees in full bloom. Lighting in the intimate bar comes courtesy of the suspended Morwad marble pendant of celebrated British designer Tom Dixon.

Here, the backdrop comprises a mix of warm woods, crimson chairs, scallopped banquette seating and a large back-lit custom panel while the views outside bring in the vista of Quinta do Lago.

Head chef Nelson Candeias is among the talented cooks whose culinary passion  permeates the dishes,ranging from starters including foie gras mi-cuit with radish and quince to oysters three ways.

Expect the best local sea bass served with scallops, seared grouper combined with langoustine, and meagre twinned with clam veloute. Elsewhere, meat dishes include high quality cuts of steak, lamb, pork and duck while vegetarians also get many choices.

See more at:
 www.fourseasonsfairways.com

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Cobus Lands Airport

Gloucestershire Airport’s refurbishment is now complete thanks to the expertise of  Cobus the county’s design and interior specialist. Lucy Reid lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

Airport visitors can look forward to a contemporary main reception, arrivals area, departures lounge and breakout spaces following the completion of the three-month project by Cobus.

The summer upgrade saw Cobus completely refresh the ground floor of the terminal building to woo more private jet users.

Lloyd Coldrick, managing director of Cobus, said: “Gloucestershire Airport is well-known as being the gateway to the South West so we wanted to make sure passengers’ first and last experiences of Gloucestershire were memorable.

“Having started the exciting project back in the summer, our team of experts worked tirelessly to create a modern,high-quality corporate environment which saw an overhaul of the arrivals area, departures lounge, security scanning area, main reception, waiting areas, washrooms, the pilots' restroom and breakout spaces.

“Despite the challenges of keeping disruption to a minimum in the terminal, which meant encountering a few delays and changes in the specification and programming of the project, the client was very pleased with the end result and we hope it will help the airport to continue to grow and prosper.”

Gloucester-base Cobus has over 40 years’ experience in interior design and  its a service takes clients from the initial design consultation, right through to installation and ongoing aftercare.

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