the art of living in London
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â€œLondon opens to you like a novel itself.... It is divided into chapters, the chapters into scenes, the scenes into sentences; it opens to you like a series of rooms, door, passsage, door. Mayfair to Piccadilly to Soho to the Strand.â€? ANNA QUINDLEN
Installation view, Alice Anderson - Champagne Life exhibition at Saatchi Gallery ÂŠ Steve White, 2016 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London
Installation view, Jelena Bulajic & Virgile Ittah - Champagne Life exhibition at Saatchi Gallery © Steve White, 2016 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London
Saatchi Gallery’s role is to bring contemporary art in all its forms to as wide an audience as possible, wherever it’s happening, and to champion the works of young and emerging artists. It aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen or international artists whose work has rarely or never been exhibited in the UK. Through its commitment to creativity, innovation and forward-thinking, Saatchi Gallery has built up one of the most exciting and up-to-date “living” collections of contemporary art in the world. When Saatchi Gallery first opened over twenty-five years ago, it was only those who had a dedicated interest in contemporary art who sought out the Gallery to see work by new artists. However, the audience has built steadily over the years, and now - in its 10th year at Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea - visitor numbers exceed 1.5 million per annum, with over 2,000 schools a year organising student visits. Many artists showing at Saatchi Gallery are unknown when first exhibited, not only to the general public but also to the commercial art world. Many of these artists are subsequently offered shows by galleries and museums internationally. In this effect, the gallery also operates as a springboard for young artists to launch their careers. The Saatchi Gallery website also displays over one thousand works that have been exhibited in the last three decades as a study resource, and also gives full details about the art in forthcoming exhibitions. The website has become a global meeting place for people interested in contemporary art.
Installation view, Ibrahim Mahama - Pangaea II: New Art From Africa and Latin America exhibition at Saatchi Gallery © Sam Drake, 2015 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London
BACKGROUND Founded in 1985 by Charles Saatchi, Saatchi Gallery attracts more than one million visitors a year and is the only contemporary art museum of its size not to charge entry to curated shows. Now located in the former Duke of York’s Headquarters on the King’s Road, the Gallery hosts regular temporary exhibitions, and is home to the Saatchi Gallery collection of contemporary art. Exhibitions have showcased numerous contemporary art movements such as Minimalism, Neo-Expressionism, and works by the Young British Artists, and it was the first UK museum to introduce the public to exhibitions of Cy Twombly, Brice Marden, Robert Ryman, Sol LeWitt, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra, Jeff Koons, Philip Guston, Sigmar Polke, Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Jenny Saville, Sarah Lucas, Glenn Brown, Andreas Gursky, John Currin, Ron Mueck, Grayson Perry, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Cecily Brown, Martin Kippenberger, Peter Doig, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Richard Prince, Charles Ray, Duane Hanson, and Alex Katz, among others. In recent years, it has presented surveys of emerging artists from China, India, the Middle East, Korea, Russia, South America, Africa, Germany, United States, and Britain, many of whom have achieved international success. Over the last five years, the Saatchi Gallery has hosted 15 out of the top 20 most visited exhibitions in London, and also has more followers on social media than any other museum in the world.
ORIGINS AND HISTORY Saatchi Gallery first opened in St John’s Wood, London in a 30,000 square foot ex-paint factory. Initially resembling a high security prison with a steel front door, and only open at weekends, the Gallery could display only a small part of Saatchi’s permanent collection, which at the time focused on established American contemporary painters and sculptors. In 2003 the Gallery moved to County Hall, the Greater London Council’s former headquarters on the South Bank, creating a 40, 000 square foot exhibition space. The opening show included a retrospective by Damien Hirst as well as works by other YBA’s such as the Chapman Brothers, Tracey Emin, Jenny Saville and Sarah Lucas. The Gallery remained at Country Hall until 2005, when it was announced that it would take on the entire Duke of York’s Headquarters building in Chelsea. This put a halt to London shows while the new premises were being prepared. During the period in between premises, the Saatchi Gallery website began an open-access section where artists, art students and cultural institutions could upload works of art and a biography onto their own pages It also gives artists not represented by galleries a digital platform to show their work to a global audience. It has become the world’s leading gallery website. Saatchi Gallery reopened on the 9th October 2008 in the entire 70, 000 square feet Duke of York’s Headquarters building on Kings Road where it currently resides.
Installation view, Rafael Gómezbarros - Pangaea II: New Art From Africa and Latin America exhibition at Saatchi Gallery © Sam Drake, 2014 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, 020 7811 3070 saatchigallery.com
FROM LONDON WITH LOVE
by Paul Griffiths Photography paulgriffithsphotography.com
ART OF LIVING IN LONDON
elcome to the first volume one of London Brand - â€œthe art of living in Londonâ€?.
In a worldThis book has been created as an homage to the city and to the people and businesses that define its brand today. The obvious challenge was where to begin? A brand is experential We decided the best way forward was to find champions for each location; people who knew their area intimately, who loved London with a passion, in other words, Londoners! At this point I need to make a special mention for Ivan Rosenschein who has been invaluable in bringing this book together. His knowledge and genorisity are second to none - but more of that later! As creative types we also wanted to present The other part of the Moenteme faus, confene nihintes in potili cuterfe crumunt? Alibuncla essi se in vignota et vene ac viveremo hoccio, con de alariss erorum ren peropublint. Los, C. Xim o vite nostrar berterfent. Quos mors condien re te, foribus anduces Mae, tatum, entis me rem quam ocae dum atissen tervir unum alartam in non dem abissendepor que publicae reme consupima, sularisque noc rem, noriostis publiu quitum tio, fuerehem cus, finatus, consi inc foratiam atis nessilicaec ite con ses omnihinte, qui castinatia imus rederum, quonsu culicute capertus probus foreis seritiam inatandem elatrescena, st faucide niquemo ltillego publis con tusperobut videssa timihi, con Etractum nor la retraris cerce rem is, commorem ina, ommod coraven Bringing this beautiful colllection together has been a wonderful eye-opening adventure that has introduced me to people that will forever be a part of my own London brand.
MAYFAIR L O N D O N
ARINA PRITCH FASHION DESIGNER
Mayfair is one of the most affluent areas in the city and is definitely the key luxury lifestyle destination with its variety of restaurants, bars, galleries, hotels and shops. Being in fashion myself, to me this area of London has a special and unique aura about it, it has its hidden gems not visible to the public eye or to tourists; stores of mot only established brands, but also new unknown brands with amazing designs and craft behind their work. Bruton place & Bourdon street with the shops of Ara Vartanian and Chalayan are my favourite. 41 South Molton Street featuring my brand, PRITCH London & Ganor Dominic is also a great lifestyle destination featuring various artists every month. Mount street and New Bond street are great destinations for shopping established brands. Shepherd market, which some people call “A hidden village” is great if you want to feel the old British aura and experience the culture of British pubs. Mayfair is also an art destination with Halcyon and Maddox galleries, being in my opinion the ones to watch. Both galleries feature some incredible art by outstanding contemporary artists from all over the world. The window display that inspires me the most in Mayfair is Patek Philippe on New Bond Street, it is always so detailed that you can literally feel the amount of craft invested in each little detail. Burlington Arcade with its timeless little vintage shops. Lancashire Court is my favourite hidden street in the area. During summer you can even feel like you are somewhere in a Mediterranean town.
The Arts Club is an iconic membership club in the heart of Mayfair, this spot is like a little world. Being a hotel, live music club, restaurant and bar all at the same time it is my favourite place to hang out. Without realising it, you can spend hours there meeting new people, enjoying a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. The Connaught Bar is perfect for aperitivo or a chilled drink, and with its dark and mysterious atmosphere is a perfect location for a romantic date. Isabel Mayfair a trendy restaurant and bar on Albemarle street is a hot spot with Mediterranean cuisine - great for a weekend dinner followed by good music and drinks. Casa di Stefano is a cosy Italian restaurant serving up delicious cuisine and all with very friendly staff and a welcoming ambience. Scotts is a legendary and elegant seafood restaurant with great outside seating area, oyster and champagne bar. Harry’s Bar is a Venetian inspired private members’ club with outstanding décor and great food.
NOVIKOV Located in the heart of Mayfair, Novikov Restaurant & Bar has 2 distinct restaurants and one stylish Lounge Bar. Novikov combines cool and contemporary interiors with a superlative culinary offering. A real feature of the Novikov Asian Restaurant is its open kitchen. Fronted by an amazing display of seafood and vegetables, it evokes the atmosphere of an Asian food market. The atmosphere here is at once welcoming and relaxing, but subtle enough not to distract from the food itself. The menu uses novel flavours and texture combinations, inspired by Chinese and Pan Asian cuisine. As soon as you enter in Novikov Italian Restaurant you cannot miss the imposing wood-fired oven, suede wall panelling, mirrors in solid oak frames and the rustic chandeliers. The indulgent menu offers regional Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. The Lounge Bar is a must-visit destination, with an extensive cocktail menu, live music and performances by some of the worldâ€™s top DJs
50A Berkeley St, Mayfair, 020 7399 4330 novikovrestaurant.co.uk
HUNGER (Suspicious Blinds) 2015
Acrylic and oil on canvas 190 x 300 cm
© Stefanie Heinze 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
STEFANIE HEINZE Stephanie Heinze’s work at first glance appears to be no more than hallucinatory abstractions. Upon closer inspection, one can discern intermingled figures who are caught in mid-action. Hunger (Suspicious Blinds) is a cacophony of bright, colourful and chaotic forms, with the shapes and colours blending into one another. Her style can be viewed as a culmination of her use of “clumsiness” as an artistic tool.
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HUSH Tucked away in a hidden courtyard in the historic heart of Mayfair, Hush remains one of Londonâ€™s favourite dining destinations, encompassing two dining spaces, the perennially popular Cocktail Bar, extensive Private Dining options and one of the best outdoor dining spaces in London.
No.8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street 020 7659 1500 hush.co.uk
COYA COYA is an award- winning Latin American venue, which is home to a contemporary Peruvian restaurant, colourful Pisco Lounge and an exclusive Membersâ€™ Club worldwide. COYA takes you to an unforgettable journey through sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. The menu at COYA keeps traditional elements of Peruvian cooking and the restaurant welcomes a diverse clientele to feast on a variety of palate teasing dishes as they are transported to the essence of Peru.
118 Picadilly, Mayfair, 020 7042 7118 coyarestaurant.com
POLLEN STREET SOCIAL Pollen Street Social is a modern urban meeting point. A place to eat, drink and socialise, both for special occasions, and for informal everyday affairs. Jason Atherton started out working alongside great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Holdings in 2001 and launching ‘Maze’, first in London and then another five globally. His flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’ opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and was awarded a Michelin star within just six months of opening, alongside 5 AA Rosettes and no.4 in The Good Food Guide’s best UK restaurants. Since then, Jason’s The Social Company has grown into a global restaurant group, including Michelin-starred Social Eating House, Little Social, Berners Tavern – named ‘the defining restaurant of the decade’, Michelin-starred City Social and Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone.
8-10 Pollen Street, London 020 7290 7600 jasonatherton.co.uk
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BENARES Benares Restaurant & Bar - serving modern Indian cuisine with a British twist - was opened in London’s prestigious Mayfair in 2003, by twice Michelin-starred chef, presenter, author and restaurateur Atul Kochhar. Benares is Kochhar’s first independent venture, which showcases a modern take on the classic flavours of India. The first Indian chef to be awarded a coveted Michelin star during his time at Tamarind, Benares sees Atul blend his Indian heritage with his love of British ingredients as he strives to continually surprise and delight the senses. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2007, which it has retained to this day due to Atul’s innovative streak and signature reworking of familiar flavours. The menu, inspired by frequent trips to his homeland, includes dishes such as: Jal Tarang Pan Seared Scallops, (caramelised apple and ginger purée, pickled celeriac, pine nut podi), Hiran Ke Pasande (New Forest venison, sautéed kale and oyster mushrooms, biryani, chocolate curry) and Kalonji Baingan (baby aubergine, nigella seeds, onion and tomatoes). Desserts are equally as creative, with Raspberry Bhapa Doi with Pistachio Burfi; and a range of traditional Kulfi. Located in the heart of London, Benares houses five intimate private dining spaces, making it an opportune venue for private parties and events.
12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair 0207 629 8886.
MADDOX CLUB Nightclub and Private Membersâ€™ venue draws you into a world where revelry and opulence combine. As you walk down the sweeping staircase you immediately see where the heart of the Mayfair club lies by its vibrant, futuristic design and electric atmosphere. The unique interior provides an opulent yet intimate setting for both dining and partying as a restaurant and club co-exist under the same roof providing members and guests with a varied experience.
3-5 Mill Street, Mayfair 0207 629 8877 maddoxclub.com
MR FOGG’S RESIDENCE Mr Fogg’s is a very British heritage brand based around the Victorian traveler, Phileas Fogg. The Jules Vernes novel, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, is the cornerstone of the Mr Fogg’s narrative brought to life in all its venues. Whilst there is a clear sense of eccentricity and fun, Mr Fogg’s is an award winning brand famed for the high quality of its innovative drinks, food and immaculate service standards. Mr Fogg’s Residence, established in 2013, is refined but at the same time truly off-the-wall, breathing life in to Mayfair. The world class menu is a unique interpretation of ‘Victorian Cocktailian Culture’.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair 020 7036 0608 mr-foggs.com/residence
Tateossian has built a desirable reputation as one of the world’s leading jewellery and accessories brands. Established in 1990 by Robert Tateossian, the seasonal collections for both men and women have a distinctive signature constantly reflecting and reinterpreting trends in fashion. Designs are contemporary, fashion-forward and timeless attracting a huge fan base including some of the world’s most high profile from celebrities to politicians and heads of state. Innovative materials, including precious and semi-precious stones and crystals are mixed and paired in unique combinations, each piece with an element of surprise. Precious stones and materials are sourced from all around the world, from dinosaur bone and meteorite to black diamonds, giving a unique and unusual aspect to designs. Working primarily in silver, as well as collections crafted in 18-carat gold, the pieces offer classic styles with a contemporary edge. Most importantly, they are exquisitely and individually hand-crafted, with an uncompromising level of quality that the discerning Tateossian customer has come to expect from this international luxury brand. Based in London, Tateossian sells in over 70 countries around the world, with more than 1000 points of sale, in the most prestigious, fashionable boutiques and department stores - Tsum in Moscow, Harrods in London, Saks in New York and Isetan in Tokyo to name a few. In 2001, Tateossian opened its first stand-alone retail boutique at The Royal Exchange in the City of London and in 2004 opened at The Duke of York Square on the King’s Road. October 2008 marked the opening of Tateossian in The Village at Westfield London and in 2010 Tateossian’s flagship store opened at Conduit Street. 2012 saw the opening of Tateossian at the Imperial Wharf and in 2014 they relocated their boutique from The Duke of York Square to Sloane Square, in the heart of Chelsea.
ROKA ROKA brings a unique style of contemporary japanese robatayaki cuisine and sophisticated design to your dining experience. The heart of the restaurant is the robata grill, an integral design element of the room and source of the vibrant, welcoming energy that flows throughout. ROKA Mayfair is fashioned to be a relaxed yet elegant dining destination.
30 North Audley Street, Mayfair 020 7305 5644 rokarestaurant.com
SOTHEBY’S RESTAURANT A vibrant and contemporary restaurant set in the heart of Sotheby’s Bond Street auction house. Offering superb service, the Restaurant is open for light breakfasts, delicious lunches and traditional English afternoon tea. The menu is seasonal and changes weekly, and is complemented by a wine list created by Serena Sutcliffe, M.W., Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine.
34-35 New Bond St, Mayfair sothebys.com
MNKY HSE MNKY HSE brings a vibrant blend of London funk and Latin spirit to Mayfair serving high-quality, contemporary Latin American food and drink, alongside DJ performances. Housed over two floors, the venue includes an intimate bar and lounge area upstairs, and a stylish restaurant downstairs that will evolve into a very different, nighttime setting. Pablo Peñalosa-Nájera (Four Seasons – Bogotà/ Morimoto -Mexico City) heads the MNKY HSE kitchen, where he combines traditional elements of Latin American cuisine with modern British seasonal ingredients. With a heavy emphasis on Latin American spirit and convivial dining, dishes are designed to share and to excite. The MNKY HSE bar boasts a vast list of premium cocktails and increasingly popular mezcals. MNKY HSE’s cheeky and playful personality is mirrored in its mysterious and eclectic design scheme. Quirky, decorative features include a series of design elements that transform as the night goes on.
10 Dover Street, Mayfair 020 3870 4880 mnky-hse.com
â€˜A quintessential Japanese dining experience combining the finest ingredients from around the world with traditional Japanese cooking techniques and modern culinary technologies.â€™ Japanese cuisine at its most luxurious. Oppulent surroundings are perfectly blended with an exquisite menu and exceptional service. Everything you are looking for from the time-honoured classics to the most modern of dishes are to be found and are perfectly exectued at Ginza Onodera. Choose from the beautifully delicate nigiri sushi, crispy prawn and vegetable tempura to the black cod or gold-flecked squid from the robata your taste buds will be thanking you for days to come. The sake, wines and cocktails are, as expected, equally sublime.
15 Bury Street, Mayfair 020 7839 1101 onodera-group.com/uk
Showcasing the best of Spanish and Italian small plates embracing contemporary Peruvian and Mexican dishes. Complemented with the finest wines and signature cocktails, experience the art of shared dining in the heart of Mayfair.
70a Stratton St, Mayfair 020 7915 3892 mayfairkitchen.co.uk
GYMKHANA Gymkhana is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialise, dine, drink and play sport. Gymkhana serves classic and contemporary Michelin starred Indian cuisine, with a strong focus on chatpatta and boldly spiced sharing dishes. The interior design references the clubs of India with ceiling fans that hang from a dark-lacquered slatted oak ceiling, cut glass wall lamps from Jaipur and Grandmother Sethiâ€™s barometer. The lower ground floor of is a modern day interpretation of a 17th Century East India punch house, with a grand aged brass bar at its heart. The room features slatted oak wall panelling, silk carpets and buttoned Chesterfield leather love booths and banquettes. The Gymkhana bar specialises in classic Indian punches, cocktails that fuse spices with Indian spirits, a specialised gin and tonic list as well as a large selection of Whiskey, absinthe, arrack, lagers and Indian pale ales. Gymkhana was awarded a Michelin star in 2014.
42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, 020 3011 5900 gymkhanalondon.com
THE WOLSELEY Cafe- restaurant in the grand European tradition located in St James’ on London’s most famous of boulevards, Piccadilly.
160 Piccadilly, St. James’s 020 7499 6996 thewolseley.com
LOCK AND CO. HATTERS Lock and Co. Hatters started as an inconspicuous hat shop for the gentry in 1676. 341 years later, Lock & Co. Hatters has become the iconic hatter for generations of discerning men and women. Revered for centuries-honed craftsmanship, Lock and Co. Hatters innovative designs have graced the heads of some of the greatest figures in history. Admiral Lord Nelson wore a bespoke bicorne into the Battle of Trafalgar. Sir Winston Churchill adopted the Cambridge and Homburg hats as his trademarks, as did Anthony Eden and numerous other British statesmen. Dashing author Oscar Wilde was a fedora fan, while the equally debonair Beau Brummell procured Lock hats as part of his sartorial repertoire. From across the pond came Franklin D Roosevelt and Jackie Onassis who made sure to visit for a hat and even today the shop sees a stream of international royalty, musicians, sportsmen and women, and actors alike. Lock and Co. Hatters luxury hats are not only borne out of fashion, but also functionality, as the celebrated Coke (bowler) hat testifies. Named after nobleman Edward Coke, who commissioned Lock and Co. Hatters in 1849 to create a style hardy enough for his gamekeepers, the hat has transcended time to become a true classic, made all the more memorable by the silver screen: Bond villain Oddjob wore it in Goldfinger and Charlie Chaplin made it as much of his act as his moustache. No matter the customer, what they have all come to expect from Lock and Co. Hatters is the best: the best designs, the best fabrics, the best service. These principles were established at the beginning by founder Robert Davis and continue to be upheld by the 10th generation of the family, who still run the business from the same shop at 6 St. James’s Street today. Two Royal Warrants attest to Lock and Co. Hatters commitment to quality that is trusted. Lock & Co. Hatters womenswear centres on two collections. The women’s ready-to-wear range offers timeless styles, with a sprinkling of seasonal pieces that set the hatting benchmark. Whilst Lock Couture showcases the most exquisite hats, handcrafted by the label’s new milliner Prudence. For men, the Lock & Co.Hatters label offers core classics. They include the celebrated hats, from the Bowler and Panama, to rollable trilbies and wide-brim fedoras. They also include traditional caps, including flat caps made from British tweed, and infamous Baker Boy ‘Peaky Blinders’ six and eight-piece caps in hardy leathers and herringbone. Exclusive designs pepper the collection, such as an opulently embroidered velvet smoking cap and a leather-trimmed helmet that harks back to the explorer hats of the 19th century, each finished with luxurious branding and presented in an iconic, white Lock hatbox.
Lock & Co. Hatters, 6 St. James’s Street, lockhatters.co.uk 020 7930 8874
THE BEAUMONT The Beaumont is superbly located on a quiet garden square, close to the luxury shops, galleries and museums of Mayfair, St Jamesâ€™s and the West End. Grand in style yet intimate and welcoming, its design is inspired by the great Art Deco hotels of the 1920s. The Beaumont is the first hotel from Corbin & King, the highly regarded restaurateurs behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay and a number of other leading restaurants in the capital. A luxury, five-star Mayfair hotel with 73 rooms, of which 23 are studios and suites.
Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair 020 7499 1001 thebeaumont.com
CORVID 2011 Crow’s feather and mixed media 122 x 331 x 149 cm © Kate MccGwire 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
KATE MccGWIRE Though her works may be considered abstract, MccGwireâ€™s structures are distinctly organic. Part of a lineage of British sculpture tied to Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, their shapes, albeit abstracted, follow the lines of the human body. By using feathers in a repetitious, obsessive way, MccGwire venerates the typically overlooked to create forms that are bodily yet also alien, animalistic and strange. The sculptural work Corvid is a dark, reptilian form comprised of 20,000 slick crowâ€™s feathers. Seemingly frozen in time, you expect it to begin twisting and moving at any moment.
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SOUTH KENSINGTON L O N D O N
- Ivan with Lee Levi (www.lee-levi.com) photo by Adam Szigeti -
IVAN NYGAARD ROSENSCHEIN Publicist and CEO of Ivantainment For 11 years South Kensington has been my home...and it just keeps getting better. Knocking on the Knightsbridge door and only 5 mins from Hyde Park, South Ken is a little Chelsea village with a big cosmopolitan vibe. Old Brompton Road is the main ore in South Ken, with a fabulous mix of local gems, both during daytime, through the evening and into the night. I enjoy my daily coffee at La Bottega, breakfast at Muriel¹s Kitchen, and for my extra healthy injection I’ll go to Squirrel. The afternoon tea and meetings tend to be in the lavish surroundings of The Ampersand Hotel or Queens Gate Hotel. The perfect expresso martini can be found at The Blakes Hotel, an institution in South Kensington, founded by Anouska Hempel, and the mother of the boutique hotel concept. Their restaurant also serves a superb brunch and is a very cozy place in the evening with a discrete and sexy bar in the basement. I enjoy some of the best Spanish tapas at Tendido Cero, and their sister restaurants across the street. If you are looking for a super steak then I fully recommend Macellaio, who also do take away for home cooking and offer a great selection of superb wines.
For delicious taste of the East (and lethal drinks!) then I fully endorse Nam Long, a legendary bar/ restaurant that’s been here since 1987. Rocca is a laidback Italian restaurant, always packed and only a quick wait if you walk in. If you fancy su-
perb pizzas and burgers with the family then The Goat is a great place to visit. For my oyster kick, we always visit The Wright Brothers and then KULU KULU is great for all your sushi cravings. For the best Italian ice cream, I go to Bute Street - Odono Ice Cream. I am a founder member of Albert’s, one of the coolest membership clubs in London. I DJ from time to time, they offer amazing Italian food and funky dancing till late. I also love the South Kensington Club a private members’ club, founded by Luca Del Bono. SKC has a great restaurant, spa, gym, lounge and terrace - it’s great place to work and socialise and occasionally I DJ and host nights there because of the wonderful vibe. Finally, if I am not able to go and see The Blues at Stamford Bridge then you’ll most likely catch me watching the match at the Duke of Clarence.
MAHIKI KENSINGTON Mahiki is the ultimate party destination. With its Tiki dĂŠcor, delicious fresh fruit cocktails and tropical flowers adorning every Honolulu Honeyâ€™s hair, a night out is set to be unique in every respect! Cocktails are created by an award winning team, using only the most premium and authentic ingredients. At Mahiki, the bartenders Tiki spirit shines as they show off their knowledge of the Tiki provenance and craft. The menu will transport you to an exotic Polynesian Paradise and deliver unforgettable theatrical touches that includes a Raw Bar.
2A Kensington High Street 0207 368 1180 mahikikensington.com
THE AMPERSAND HOTEL
This beautifully restored Victorian treasure is a small luxury hotel near the V&A, Natural History Museum and many of Londonâ€™s most popular museums. It is also well located for Harrods and shopping in Knightsbridge, Hyde Park, Chelsea and the Kings Road. With South Kensington tube station just across the street, all of London is within easy reach. 10 Harrington Rd, Kensington 020 7589 5895 ampersandhotel.com
NAM LONG Now longstanding past Nam Long first opened its doors. Its popularity has spiralled from the late 80s to remain strong to today, it has played host to many night owls as the perfect playground. It all began with that Flaming Ferrari news headlineâ€Ś
159 Old Brompton Road 0207-373-1926 namlong.co.uk
BLAKES HOTEL Lovingly converted from a set of Victorian town houses, Blakes was created as a thoroughly unique lifestyle hotel that has transformed the concept of the small luxury hotel internationally. This magnificent 5 star hotel in Kensington, is renowned as the â€œCoutureâ€? hotel in London and holds a certain cachet for film stars, musicians and of course top designers captivated by its timeless style and elegance.
33 ROLAND GARDENS, South Kensington 020 7370 6701 blakeshotels.com
ALBERT’S CLUB Named after Prince Albert due to the significance of the area; once known as Albertropolis, and its proximity to national landmarks that bear his name, Albert’s is housed in the iconic location of Old Brompton Road and surpasses all that Kensington and Chelsea has to offer. Comprising a sleek yet quintessentially classic décor peppered with eccentric British twists, Albert’s provides the Royal Borough with a much sought-after alternative to its Mayfair rivals. Complete with a mahogany wood panelled whisky and martini bar which houses a unique and historic choice of spirits, including a whisky from both the year of Albert’s birth and death (1819 & 1861). Albert’s has created a global reputation founded on impeccable service, enviable ambience, first-class cuisine and entertainment. 92b Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, 0207 225 1899 albertsclub.com
SOUTH KENSINGTON CLUB
The South Kensington Club, an innovative private membersâ€™ club, inspired by a spirit of adventure and a multicultural perspective. A place for you to feel at home. Enjoy the surroundings, the limitless potential to explore and expand your horizons, whilst benefiting from the state of the art facilities. The Club draws on ancient rituals from around the world to promote fitness, health and the spirit of discovery. It is simultaneously a place to learn and be inspired, to connect with like-minded individuals, or to retreat and unwind in total privacy. Whatever your definition of escape, you should find it here.
38-42 Harrington Rd, Kensington 020 3006 6868 southkensingtonclub.com
Set in the heart of South Kensington, Larry King’s 2500 sq/ft. luxury flagship salon sits adjacent to the South Kensington Club on Harrington Road. East end meets South Ken in this super cool yet ultimately luxurious hang out, frequented by fashion’s A-list and celebrity’s a-like, It’s a space to be pampered, grab a coffee, chill with your friends while your tresses are trimmed and teased by Larry’s stellar team. Larry has hand picked some of London’s most respected colourists and stylists, all delivering hair that’s perfectly on trend, that works perfectly with your own hair texture. Great for both women and gents, Larry’s team boasts something for everyone. A total social media hub the salon boasts dreamy interiors featuring pink velvet seating and vintage cocktail bar; it’s the perfect backdrop for a post blow dry photo.
34-36 Harrington Road 0207 584 6162 larryking.co.uk
OBICA Italian restaurant and pizzeria in the fashionable district of South Kensington. ObicĂ offers the freshest Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and traditional Italian dishes in a friendly welcoming atmosphere. Every ObicĂ Mozzarella Bar in the world shares the same passion for good Italian food, made with high-quality and fresh ingredients.
96 Draycott Avenue 020 7581 5208 obica.com
SQUIRREL Located in stylish South Kensington, the healthy hangout serves clean, delicious and satisfying food that appeals to all tastes, from the virtuous to the indulgent. The vibrant interiors of Squirrel reflect the personality of the brand. Charming forest features greet customers, such as a tree-lined walkway, a bespoke â€˜Drinking Wellâ€™ and a 21-foot long fallen oak tree service counter showcasing a number of colourful, seasonal snacks. Lights are housed in hanging acorns and guests dine in a timber clad tree-house, made from as much reclaimed wood as possible, whilst seated at large picnic style tables. Meanwhile, the grazing bar invites customers to squirrel away with a wide variety of nut mixes and dried fruits.
11 Harrington Road, 020 7589 9333 wearesquirrel.com
STANLEY CASSELMAN Born in Phoenix, Arizona 1963 Stanley Casselman is a multidisciplinary artist. Known early on for his innovative work with LED’s, Casselman rose to international prominence by taking on New York based critic Jerry Salt’s challenge “to fake a Richter”. After three years of fully exploring Richter’s take on a flexible edge squeegee Casselman was drawn back to re-explore his roots of working on an open screen. Consumed by the mantra “innovate or die” Casselman has recently forged several new visual languages and one of the worlds leading authorities on Abstract Expressionism, Dr. David Annam agrees. Casselman’s influence and philosophy lies in realm of abstract expressionism. He remains committed to the notion that color, line and form have the power to affect and change consciousness. Casselman has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and in Europe. His work is in the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, Bologna, Italy as well as numerous corporate and private collections. The artist lives and works in New York City.
Explanation of process, Untitled Presence series All of the work in the Untitled Presence series is acrylic on polyester screen. The screen is typically used for silk screening, but Casselman has been painting on it or more literally pushing paint through it for over thirty years. This piece was created from the backside of the screen by pushing paint in the direction it’s being viewed. The concept may be novel, but what’s possible because of it is anything but. Casselman’s technique includes throwing, splashing, pouring and then manipulating the mass with a squeegee. Applied paint simultaneously closes the surface and from the backside acts like tape. Furthermore, why his approach to picture making is unique, regardless of the actions made from the backside of the painting it will not affect the front side that has already been laid down. Thus expression and gesture can be preserved while action painting occurs around it. Untitled-Presence-Moment-1-44 is a section out of a larger painting. Casselman believes the overall size was 80 x 100”. Regardless, the point being the larger painting was only good and not at the level of perfection which is necessary in order to leave the artist’s studio. Furthermore, he’s not interested in trying to “fix”or manipulate a piece from the front. Marks made on the surface whether by a paint brush, air brush, squeegee or otherwise would leave a characteristic imprint and not be consistent or in harmony with the paint that was pushed from behind.
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SOHO L O N D O N
Jori wih husband and acclaimed photogrpaher Adrian Houston by Getty Images
JORI WHITE OWNER, JORI WHITE PR
I had just turned 18 when I arrived in London from America and first visited Soho. The energy, creativity, decadence and disruptive nature of the area totally rocked my world, and I spent evenings, weekends and late nights dancing to its beat. When I started my career, Soho was the only place I could imagine working. My first Jori White PR office was in Ganton Street and I hung out at The Sun and 13 Cantons a lot. Then I took a bigger space in Brewer Street on the 5th floor (there was no lift and the stairs kept me seriously fit!) and Soho House was my hang out. Finally I arrived in Bourchier Street where I’ve spent 15 gloriously creative years having lots of fun with my teams. Soho is without a doubt the busiest square mile in the capital, buzzing with activity 24 hours a day. It’s hedonistic, seductive, sybaritic, creative, big-hearted, electrifying, noisy… and I love it. The area has everything one could need, right on the doorstep, from unique food shops like Lina Stores and Camisa to the best place for drinks in the world Gerry’s (they have everything here one could ever want to drink). There is of course Liberty, whose very name is synonymous with design, alongside various hidden gems in Carnaby Street with their mix of highend cult labels and emerging niche brands. A personal favourite is Agent Provocateur on Broadwick Street. I still remember the stir that Joseph Corré and Serena Rees caused when they first went into the lingerie business in 1994. (And Azzi Glasser’s original scent she created for Agent Provocateur has been my personal scent for 20 years.) Their fabulous
designs really did help bring lingerie and sex toys out of the seedy back streets and into the mainstream. Another of my great loves – food – is also brilliantly served in Soho. There are literally hundreds of restaurants and it’s quite hard to pick one I would recommend over all others. That said I do have a bit of a soft spot for a glass of champagne with a delicious meal at Bob Bob Ricard in Upper St James Street, and Polpo in Beak Street I adore too. Ronnie Scott’s is the best place for live music and I’ve had some amazing experiences there, from seeing Sting sitting in the audience and spontaneously joining the band on stage to singing Brown Eyed Girl with Van Morrison. There are other jazz clubs in the capital, but nothing quite like this legend. I guess if I had to choose just one venue which sums up the vibrancy of this very special part of London it would have to be the Groucho Club. This place has become part of my life and the team there are like family. It’s filled with amazing contemporary art and as this is one of my passions, I’m always stimulated to see what’s new. This place pulses with the Soho beat like nowhere else. Soho is my home. I move with its rhythm. P.S. An organisation that has done so much over the years to make the district a better place in which to live, work or visit is the Soho Society. If you care about this iconic area as much as I do, please consider becoming a member.
BOB BOB RICARD Iconic Soho restaurant serving a luxury English and Russian menu to its ecclectic clientele in London’s most glamourous all-booth dining room. Equipped with a “Press for Champagne” button at every table, its famous for pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in the UK.
1 Upper James St, Soho, 020 3145 1000 bobbobricard.com
MAîTRE CHOUX The world’s first choux pastry specialist patisserie has amassed a cult following among locals and celebrities alike who queue up in front of its rainbow-like display. From private celebrations through to A-lister events by way of iconic institutions such as Fortnum & Mason, Chiltern Firehouse, and Blakes, these freshly-made éclairs, choux and chouquettes have surprised and delighted all who sample them. Maître Choux Soho offer a core range of hand-crafted, decadent, one-of-a-kind designs featuring show-stopping eclairs like lemon meringue & bergamot, Spanish raspberry and hazelnut & milk chocolate treasure, as well as regularly changing specials. Meanwhile lovers of chouquettes (empty choux pastry balls topped with pearl sugar) can follow the scent of freshly baked trays to get their hands on the warm batches baked on site every hour. These are complemented by regularly changing specials; the perfect showcase for Joakim’s incredible creativity, these eclairs have commemorated occasions as diverse as Pride in London, Wimbledon and the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race.
60 Dean St, Soho, 020 7734 3132 maitrechoux.com
POLPO Venetian sharing plates, simple and humble, always generous. An uncomplicated celebration of food and drink. “Wonderfully fresh flavours...inherently satisfying dishes; staff are cool and calm and the atmosphere terrific”- MICHELIN GUIDE “Our philosophy back then – one of humble, honest, unpretentious, stripped back beauty in everything we do – still holds true today”.
41 Beak Street, Soho 020 7734 4479 polpo.co.uk
SOHO ZEBRANO Zebrano provides an elegant atmosphere combined with delicious food and drink. VIP guests can enjoy a variety of customized services that include: an exclusive table area with no queuing and no entry fees, bottle and full table service, and a variety of packages based on your individual needs. VIP tables for up to a maximum of 30 people are available for advance bookings. For a full list of VIP packages, please contact Zebrano for detailed information on all the VIP packages currently available
18 Greek Street, Soho, 020 7287 5267 zebranolondon.com/soho
ICE CREAM SELLER 2016
Acrylic on canvas 243.8 x 304.8cm
© Danny Fox 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
DANNY FOX Danny Fox is a self-taught painter from Cornwall. His large-scale paintings, exploring themes of myth, magical realism and colonialism are reminiscent of the works by Gauguin and Alfred Wallis. Fox relates his work to the tradition of history painting, presenting the human figure as a hero from a tale. Ice Cream Seller depicts a cowboy walking through a sparse landscape, influenced from his travels across America and Thailand. His paintings are full of life and colour and he often repeats specific motifs and figures throughout his work.
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BERWICK STREET MARKET
Berwick Street Market dates back to the late 18th century and is one of Londonâ€™s oldest markets. A bustling atmosphere where traditional fruit and veg stalls sit alongside international cuisine - Berwick Street Market offers an array of mouth-watering choices which is why it is a foodie destination for so many people. Berwick Street is also a destination visit for great shops and cafĂŠs, including vintage boutiques, record shops, fabric shops, and award winning coffee shops such as Foxcroft & Ginger.
PATTY & BUN
18 Old Compton Street, Soho, 020 7287 1818 pattyandbun.co.uk
Hoppers Soho transports you to the backstreets of Sri Lanka. Inspired by the toddy shops serving a London twist, on hoppers, dosas, kothus and roasts. Complimented by a tropical drinks list with Genever and Arrack at its heart.
49 Frith St, Soho, hopperslondon.com
CAHOOTS A secret bar is being unearthed in Soho, previously hidden deep beneath the trudge of unwitting feet. When entering the Cahoots tube station, guests are transported back in time to post-war 1940s in a disused underground tube station, featuring dazzling cocktails, swing dancing and sing-alongs around an old piano. Inspired by true events that occurred in post-war Britain, The Captain of Cahoots has brought Sohoâ€™s illicit and nocturnal escapades from the era back to life.
13 Kingly Court, Carnaby, 020 7352 6200 cahoots-london.com
68 AND BOSTON Boston has become one of Soho’s most renowned hidden gems. This elegant lounge offers an intimate, speakeasy-style late night bar, with a great selection of classic and original cocktails. The space is finished with original 1920’s wood paneling and Art Decor lighting, to create a sophisticated and relaxed environment. ‘68’ is the wine bar on the ground floor featuring a list of 25 quality wines at £20 per bottle, some fabulous bottles from £30 and a Private Cellar Collection of fine wines. 4-5 Greek St, Soho, 020 7287 3713 68andboston.com
BRASSERIE ZEDEL A grand Parisian brasserie in the heart of London. The Beaux Arts/ Art Deco interior makes for the perfect setting to enjoy their wide selection of traditonal French cuisine.
20 Sherwood Street, London 020 7734 4888 brasseriezedel.com
ILLUSTRATED PEOPLE #6 2014
Lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium and oak frame 110 x 80 cm © Thomas Mailaender 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
THOMAS MAILAENDER Thomas Mailaender’s work is wide ranging; ideas, techniques, technologies and narrative combine in inventive, amusing ways. In his series ‘Illustrated People,’ Mailaender applied 23 original negatives from the archive of modern conflict’s collection onto the skin of models, before projecting a powerful UV lamp over them. Illustrated People #6 reveals the results of a fleeting picture on the skin’s surface; photographed moments before exposure to daylight would cause the image to disappear.
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CAFE DE PARIS Café de Paris, in London’s Piccadilly is one of the most famous entertainment venues in the world. With a glittering history, spanning more than nine decades, Café de Paris has consistently played host to a wide variety of powerful & absorbing performers and guests, members of the aristocracy, eminent political figures, dazzling pop stars, captains of industry, superstars from the silver screen and even royalty. 3-4 Coventry Street, London 020 7734 7700 cafedeparis.com
SOHO WHISKY CLUB A private membersâ€™ whisky bar located above The Vintage House Whisky Shop, nestled in the heart of Soho. With 700 whiskies by the dram, members enjoy invitations to many free whisky tastings throughout the year as well as regular discounts on bottle prices. For any guests that donâ€™t drink whisky, there are beers, wines, rums, gins, tequilas, sherries, champagnes, cognacs and vodkas. There is also an outdoor cigar terrace and offer a variety of fine Cuban cigars. We also host monthly cigar evenings, in which the cigar of the night is paired with a few drinks. 42 Old Compton Street, 020 7018 1168 sohowhisky.club
SANCTUM SOHO HOTEL An oasis of comfort, style and sophistication in the heart of London’s buzzing West End. Situated on Warwick Street, two beautiful Georgian town houses have been converted into a sumptuous 30-bedroom boutique hotel – an exclusive and extravagant playpen for the most discerning of guests. A celebration of edgy glamour and individuality, Sanctum Soho Hotel pays homage to Soho’s history as a hub of artistic and bohemian life.
20 Warwick St, Soho, 020 7292 6100 sanctumsoho.com
THE DANE Entrepreneur, sales and marketing specialist, mobile geek and successful in a number of businesses - we caught up with partner and marketing manager of MASH Restaurants, Mikkel Glahn, for a coffee and a quick chat.
LB: Why did you choose London for your first MASH restaurant outside of Denmark? MG: For us London is the largest and most important place in Europe to be when it comes to branding and the food scene. What do you particularly like about being based in Soho? Soho is a place we can be ourselves as a brand... Soho has a local flavour but it is also an international destination for every visitor from around the world. How long has MASH been here in London? MASH is 5 years old now and our reputation is flourishing! We have local recognition and a great dialogue with our neighbours. Where else in the world is MASH? There are now seven SOON to be 8 MASH restaurants in Denmark and two in Germany (Hamburg and Dusseldorf). What makes a visit to MASH special? We always try to exceed customer expectation. Obviously we have premium quality steaks from the worldâ€™s best cattle but there is also a superb wine list that matches the excellence of the food.
Finally the passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated staff, in this unique location, all blend together beautifully to creates the ambience and atmosphere we like to call the MASH Experience! MASH has a reputation for making exceptional cocktails - do you have a personal favourite? My absolut favourite is still the classic negroni.. What about hobbies? Yes, during the colder part of the calendar I enjoy game-hunting and shooting. In the warmer times, we sail as a family and I play tennis with friends and the kids. Finally, the one place you always go or thing you always do when visiting London? My favourite place for a nice lunch and meeting is 5 Hertford Street and Dean Street Townhouse in Soho for breakfast... But my absolute favourite time when visiting London is when I go for my morning run in Hyde Park.
Thanks Mikkel! Now, time to pay a visit to MASH...
photo by paul griffiths photography
MASH MASH LONDON is a must-see near Piccadilly Circus. MASH London is the first foreign bastion beyond all successful MASH locations in the native Denmark. In 2012 Copenhagen Concepts opened the doors of MASH London on Brewer Street ( just off Regent’s Street) in Soho. Since then, the company has a growing following of MASH a cionados, not to mention a list of industry awards, such as the Best Steak Restaurant and Best Wine List. Aside from our renowned premium quality steaks and coveted cocktails and wine. MASH London is known for its amazing interior and design. Located in one of the most iconic art deco buildings in Soho, the utterly enthralling atmosphere adds to its popularity and unique appeal.
“Mash, the biggest and the best!”
WINE The MASH wine list boasts to be one of the finest in London, offering incredible wines from around the world. MASH customers can explore the world’s finest wines with a unique list that starts in the USA, moving anti-clockwise from South America to Australia and then on to the old world. Head Sommelier Salvatore Castano has curated an impressive and ever-expanding wine list, sourcing top producers and “big, bold, American wines” that match the restaurant’s sizable steaks.Guests can try mature vintages and old favourites, with the American collection focusing in particularly on Oregon, New York State, Washington, and of course California.
BAR The bar at MASH is a formidable experience, housing a spirit selection that’s truly out of the ordinary. Using the finest Products and offering an extensive range of bourbon, rye and US spirits, all work perfectly in a wondeful selection of bespoke cocktails. If you are a fan of American Whiskey MASH has one of the best selecton in the UK so you will not be disappointed. The bar team at MASH are passionate, skilled and vastly knowledgeable and pride themselves on their ability to recreate classic drinks and inventive original creations. Their cocktail menu was inspired by the Prohibition Era. It’s based largely on American Whiskey but you’ll find other delights such as Absinthe, Rum and Tequila.
77 Brewer St, Soho, 020 7734 2608 mashsteak.co.uk
PizzaExpress Live PizzaExpress has long had an association with live entertainment. The PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London opened more than 40 years ago with a show by US saxophonist Bud Freeman. Based in Soho, it has played host to everyone from jazz and blues greats like Benny Carter, Brad Mehldau and Mose Allison, as well as artists like Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse and Mick Hucknall. Diana Krall, Norah Jones and Gregory Porter all made their UK debuts at the club, and continue to nurture young and upcoming talents from the UK and international jazz scenes. Thereâ€™s also The Pheasantry in Chelsea, which specialises in singers and songwriters, especially jazz, cabaret, folk and world music. The club has presented artists as diverse as Brian May, Lee Mead, Marti Webb and Barbra Dickson among many others. A brand-new space in Holborn has, in its first six months, broadened the PizzaExpress Live portfolio still further, hosting comedy greats like Michael Palin, Harry Hill, Rob Brydon and Omid Djalili alongside a diverse music programme that has included Laura Mvula, Morcheeba, Tom Chaplin, Gareth Malone, Goldie, Toyah, Steve Harley, Nao, Mica Paris and many more. PizzaExpress Live - always seeking to present the highest quality music in intimate venues â€“ all topped off with great pizza! 10 Dean St, Soho, London 020 7439 4962 pizzaexpresslive.com
CARNABY ZEBRANO Zebrano offers an exciting range of options for a night out on the town. The highly trained and imaginative team of master mixologists take pride in their ability to go beyond just the classic drink and offer an incredible range of world-renowned and signature cocktails. By combining fresh and organic ingredients with the finest spirits found in London, Zebranoâ€™s experimental approach is a delicious way to relax and enjoy. Perfect for an after dinner nightcap or pre-dinner delicacy.
14-16 Ganton Street, Soho 020 7287 5267 zebranolondon.com/carnaby
RITUALS (bumba and belfie pink) 2016
Oil, acrylic, spray paint and charcoal on canvas 254 x 340 cm
© Daniel Crews-Chubb 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
DANIEL CREWS - CHUBB Daniel Crews-Chubb graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2009. His bold and vibrant work employs a traditional, expressionistic, painterly language wrestling with his primary influences â€“ primitive art, ancient rituals and amateur anthropology. Crews-Chubb depicts the human body in intensely formed male and female figures, as can be seen in Rituals (bumba and belfie pink). His style closely references the raw expression of the French painter Jean Dubuffet and his Art Brut style.
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MARYLEBONE L O N D O N
Reece at Home House by Paul Griffith Photography
REECE WILLIAMS Boundaried north and south by two of the Royal Parks (Regents and Hyde respectively), the charming High Street lined with traditional pubs, beautiful boutiques, excellent local restaurants and historic hotels running through its heart, Marylebone is most definitely THE London space to spend time at your own pace. Throw in the home of the ubiquitous fictional detective Holmes and his sidekick Watson, Selfridges, the ever expanding department store, the links to the Beatles and the birthplace of the SAS, and you have probably the most eclectic, fascinating but welcoming residence in London. But despite its very central location and glamorous history, Marylebone still engenders the feel of a traditional London neighbourhood; principally through the efforts of the family-run Portman Estate. They are custodians not just in their responsibilities as landlord, they care greatly about the history and provenance of the architecture as well as the lifestyle and inclusion of residents, businesses and visitors alike. Curating this section of the book, I began to wonder how a perfect day would unfold…
I spent over eight years working in the very heart of Marylebone at the wonderful Home House Member’s Club on Portman Square, and so it is here that I would probably begin. From here, a short stroll to Daniel Galvin’s salon to be cared and cosseted by any one of their myriad of talented stylists. Then on to the breath-taking Wallace collection for some cultural nourishment, before a trip round the corner to Yosma on Baker Street for the best Anatolian food and drink in town. Once fed and watered, off to Eliska Interior Design; the antipodean lady with a sharp eye for wonderful decor for a welcoming cuppa and cha. Then a brief round or two at BXR Gym for some pugilist-driven exercise before a not-so-brief round of afternoon tea in the Zetter Townhouse lounge. Then, via a relaxing stroll in the vast and beautiful Hyde Park, I would finally make my way to the Chiltern Firehouse for dinner and a little celebrity spotting accompanied by a glass of the sommelier’s current favourite.
Home House represents a truly unique experience in the concept of private members clubs. All that you would expect in terms of luxury, service and exclusivity are the Clubâ€™s cherished hallmarks. Home House is unique, bringing together people from all cultures in a vibrant melting pot, where members come to the House to meet friends, do business and relax. The House offers members a community; a hub from which to base both their social and professional lives.
20 Portman Square, London 020 7670 2000 homehouse.co.uk
â€œGive the client more than is expected, always!â€? Eliska Design Associates provide a comprehensive Architectural and Interior Design Service, from a complete design and build project to a bespoke piece. The Sunday Times have include Eliska on their list of top 30 interior designers and the practice is short-listed in the International Hotel and Property Awards. The practice works internationally and has built up a reputation for itâ€™s ability to read cultures and translate this into design, with a blend of quintessential English, European, Middle Eastern and Oriental features, to create a distinct and timeless interior design style. Clients private collections and artworks are carefully intergrated with contemporary furniture and antiques.
16a New Quebec Street, Portman Village 0207 723 5521 eliskadesign.com
Awarded a Michelin Star in 2012 and located in the heart of Londonâ€™s Marylebone Village, Trishna delivers a contemporary taste of Indian coastal cuisine, and an extensive wine list that focuses on emerging regions and fine wines from niche producers and boutique wineries from all over the world. The informal and pared back aesthetic of the interiors, offset with antique mirrors, marble table tops and original wooden panelling offer a sociable neighbourhood dining atmosphere, with terrace doors that open onto Blandford Street, creating a semi-alfresco ambience throughout the restaurant.
15-17 Blandford Street Marylebone Village 020 7935 5624 trishnalondon.com
FISCHER’S An informal neighbourhood café and konditorei. Warmly evocative of Vienna in the early years of the twentieth century, Fischer’s is open for breakfast until late into the evening.
50 Marylebone High Street, 020 7466 5501 fischers.co.uk
DELICIOUSLY ELLA The delis were found by Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella) and her husband, Matthew, at the end of 2015. With three locations, two in central London and one location in South London, the delis celebrate delicious, natural foods and plant based ingredients. The menus range from Deliciously Ella’s famed all natural ‘Energy Balls’, to their curated ‘Deli Bowls’. A selection of organic cold pressed juices and smoothies are also available. The delis offer a selection of breakfast options, from porridge bowls with homemade seasonal compote, coconut yoghurt and coconut chips to stacks of corn fritters served on smoky baked beans. As well as freshly made smoothies, their well-loved sweet treats including Ella’s signature Peanut Butter Cookie, their popular Fudge Brownie and the Deliciously Ella Energy Balls, alongside cold-pressed juices including Fruits, Roots, Greens and Deep Greens juices, and various hot drinks.
21 Seymour Place, Marylebone, deliciouslyella.com
YOSMA TURKISH MEYHANE, MANGAL & RAKI BAR INSPIRED BY THE STREETS OF ISTANBUL Executive Chef Hus Vedat – ‘My food philosophy is simple: choose good ingredients from producers that are passionate. Treat those ingredients with respect. Lick them with fire and let them shine. For Yosma, I will be exploring influences and flavours from my heritage. I want to showcase the depth, character, and history of Anatolian food and drink and sharing the fascinating stories behind one the world’s most prominent cuisines.’
50 Baker St, Marylebone 0203 019 6282 yosma.london
BXR LONDON BXR London is the world’s first high-end boxing-themed gym. With a six metre ceiling height and a triple glass frontage on Chiltern Street, BXR is the newest, state-of-the-art addition to Marylebone’s fitness life. Dedicated to developing a champion’s mind-set, BXR offers its members the standard of training, facilities and advice expected by professional athletes, regardless of level of ability. With boxing discipline at its core, BXR offers a wide array of services, including a range of combat sports, strength & conditioning with London’s top coaches, group classes, clinic services and nutrition advice.
Chiltern Street, London 020 3146 3436 bxrlondon.com
THE WALLACE COLLECTION
The Wallace Collection is home to one of Europes finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms & armour and porcelain. The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone 020 7563 9500 wallacecollection.org
THE CLOCK IT’S ABOUT TIME A RELAXED PRIVATE MEMBER’S CLUB WITH A SCIENTIFIC FOCUS TO TRAINING, RELAXATION AND NUTRITION IT’S ABOUT YOUR TIME
42 Wimpole Street, London theclock.com 0207 637 5855
EAST STREET 2015
Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas 200 x 400 cm
© Dale Lewis 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
DALE LEWIS Dale Lewis completed his BA in Fine Art at London Guildhall University in 2004 before completing his MA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton in 2006. Lewis lives and works in London and paints from observation and situations he has imagined. His use of layering on large canvases and dark humour feeds into his paintings, making his work chaotic, intense, and bold. The scenes Lewis paints are expressive and tend to comment on society, as can be seen in East Street. His style often presents a choreography of figures which refer to mythology and modernist iconography. The pieces are twisted and mundane, and what is ordinary often reveals itself as bizarre. His experience of seeing areas of desperate poverty next to the super-rich provides him with plenty of satirical content.
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CHELSEA L O N D O N
CADOGAN ESTATE Chelsea is completely unique - its streets are lined with restaurants, shops, houses, beautiful architecture and one-of-a-kind world-class cultural institutions; local in feel but global in reputation. Situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, home to Kings and Prime Ministers of England, explorers and countless artists, writers and society trendsetters (from Jane Austen, Whistler and Turner, to Rossetti, A A Milne and Oscar Wilde, to name a few) â€“ renowned for mixing the smart with the bohemian. It is now a sought-after location of luxury brands, artisan craftsmen and residents, with Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road standing out as some of the worldâ€™s most desirable destinations. Chelsea has a restaurant or bar for the most health conscious to the indulgent foodie, offering familiar luxury and approachable sophistication. From al fresco dining at Duke of York Square, health conscious Wulf & Lamb and Granger & Co on Pavilion Road, people-watching restaurants in Sloane Square at Colbert or the Botanist to The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Bluebird or Rabbit across the rest of Chelsea, there is something for every taste bud.
DUKE OF YORK SQUARE Duke of York Square offers fashion, food, beauty and culture, with established brands alongside unique boutiques. Featuring stores such as Aesop, Boden, Trilogy and Monica Vinader as well as the UKâ€™s flagship Zara, the Square is also home to one of Londonâ€™s best open-air fine food markets. A regular events programme, loved by locals and visitors alike, includes complimentary Yoga in the Square for fitness fans, themed markets, Wimbledon Screenings, Chelsea Summer Fete and much more.
SLOANE STREET/ KINGS ROAD At the heart of Chelsea is Sloane Street, internationally recognised as one of the world’s best luxury shopping streets. Home to the flagship stores of Gucci, Tom Ford, Escada, Giorgio Armani and Bottega Veneta, this is the ultimate shopping destination for locals and visitors alike. The King’s Road is an iconic street as a magnet for foodies and shoppers but is also bursting with history. The epicentre of the 1960s pop-culture, home to Mary Quant’s miniskirts and Vivien Westwood’s punks, then stomping ground of the ‘Sloane Ranger’, the King’s Road’s sartorial crown is well-earned. Today it is home to some of the best high street and independent stores and restaurants, including The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Bluebird, Peter Jones and Anthropologie.
Pavilion Road is a hotspot for discerning gourmands and locals alike. Thriving on its local neighbourhood feel, the street is lined with artisan and independent stores such as a butcher, a baker, greengrocer, wine merchant and cheesemonger. Other popular spots are KXU, the boutique pay-as-you-go gym, the vegan restaurant Wulf and Lamb, and Bill Grangerâ€™s Granger & Co.
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With excellent acoustics and stunning Byzantine architecture, this is one of Londonâ€™s leading concert halls and one of the first choices for many exceptional Orchestras. As well as being home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the hall also has an extensive and varied programme of performers from classical, opera and pop to jazz and rock.
Oil on canvas 40 x 46 cm
© Mona Osman 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
MONA OSMAN Mona Osmanâ€™s diverse heritage of Hungarian Judaism and Sudanese Islam has undoubtedly influenced her work, which examines the complexities of modern life and the anxiety of the individual. Through her work, she builds up narratives and inner logics through which she expresses a universal need to belong. In Mother, one can see the influence of Gustav Klimt and Piet Mondrian through her swirling use of colour and curving figures. The isolation of the two figures in relation to one another evidences Osmanâ€™s preoccupation with the dynamics of relationships between human beings, and the loneliness of existence without connections with others.
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Personally recommended by Hugo Campbell-Davys
THE IVY CHELSEA GARDEN The iconic Grade II listed building that houses the restaurant is owned by Martin’s Properties and dates back to 1722, when it was a licensed public house – Six Bells – famous also for its bowling green. The building has been sensitively and substantially refurbished by Martin’s to create a new London destination restaurant, notable for its exceptional garden and outside space. The look and feel of The Ivy Chelsea Garden is manifestly British and engagingly vibrant. The restaurant is made up of various areas, each with a distinctive character. These include a bar and bar lounge, café, restaurant, orangery, terrace and garden. The interiors have been designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS), and cleverly combine vintage with luxury, resulting in a space that is both alluring and down-to-earth. The garden has been created by Anthony Challis and Dan Curran of Ginkgo Gardens, and encompasses trailing wisteria and climbing roses adorning the garden’s pergolas, stone clad fountains and leafy trellises. The menu serves modern British and international dishes from dawn till dusk and a comprehensive and hugely enjoyable cocktail list includes a combination of classics and some inventive concoctions which the bar team has come up with.
197 King’s Road, 020 3301 0300 theivychelseagarden.com
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True to the spirit of traditional French cafĂŠs, Colbert, with its prime position on Sloane Square next to The Royal Court Theatre, is the perfect spot to while away a few hours over drinks, snacks or a full meal.
50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea 020 7730 2804 colbertchelsea.com
Personally recommended by Ivan Rosenschein
KOSMOPOL Kosmopol is an award winning bar & club situated in the heart of Chelsea. With the Swedish owner Fredrik Olsson it has a Scandi thread throughout. You can notice this on the cocktail & drinks menu, lightning and neat design that creates a welcoming design. A favourite amongst locals as well as a destination for cocktail lovers from far. A true gem not to be missed.
138 Fulham Rd, 020 7373 6368 kosmopol.net
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Bluebird is a local neighbourhood restaurant on a grand scale, situated in the heart of Chelsea. Bluebirdâ€™s first-floor restaurant is a light, bright, elegant space with mature trees, wild flowers, herbs and bespoke textiles from British fashion icon Celia Birtwell. The Bar at Bluebird Chelsea is a destination in its own right: a perfect place to meet friends, go on a date, enjoy pre-dinner drinks or party the night away.
350 Kingâ€™s Road, 020 7559 1000 bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
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BARTS Barts serves the finest yet most illicit liquors and alcoholic concoctions known to the loving lawbreakers of Londonâ€Ś Discretion is advised although rarely practiced, making Barts truly Londonâ€™s worst kept secret. Somewhere omn Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW 020 7581 3355
NOTTING HILL L O N D O N
Influencer & Notting Hill Business Owner Boundaried north and south by two of the Royal Parks (Regents & Hyde respectively), the charming High Street lined with traditional pubs, beautiful boutiques, excellent local restaurants and historic hotels running through its heart, Marylebone is most definitely THE London space to spend time at your own pace. Notting Hill is one of the most visited places in London for good reason. The iconic area hosts the internationally famous Portobello market, is featured in award winning films, regularly showcased in artwork and now also a favourite back drop for Instagram influencers all over the world. I have lived in a number of areas of London in the last 15 years, but never felt quite at home with any of them. It was as if my subconscious was gently moving me every few years until I reach Notting Hill, where I firmly settled. My most favourite thing about Notting Hill is the cultural mix, that and the fact that you can wear sunglasses absolutely anytime, anywhere, regardless of the weather and no one bats an eyelid (great for us influencers and our Instagram posts). I moved to Notting Hill the same time I decided to leave my career and immerse myself in the lifestyle and wellness industry. With boutique gyms, clean eating restaurants, organic food shops, juice bars and trendy vegan eateries, Notting Hill is one of the ultimate places to be if you enjoy a bit of clean living. On the flip side slick restaurants and bars such as Beach Blanket Babylon and E&O are home to many fashionable Notting Hillbillies, that like to enjoy a highbrow evening, without having to venture into central London. The mix of art galleries, unique fashion brands and quirky corners of Notting Hill, alongside previously mentioned gems (and oh, donâ€™t forget the sunglasses rule), were the many reasons why I opened my lifestyle and wellness space, Not Just Yoga in the area. Residing above cleaning eating restaurant Pomonas, there was no better space to the complete the lifestyle and wellness circle that is Not Just Yoga. In short, whether young, old, fashionable or quirky. Notting Hill is an area that oozes stye and has something for everyone.
NOT JUST YOGA
Not Just Yoga is the FIRST lifestyle and wellness collaboration space to reside in Pomona’s Notting Hill based restaurant, who’s brand inspired by healthy living the Californian way! As the name suggests its Not Just (about) Yoga. We showcase and collaborate with brands in the lifestyle and wellness industry that share our ethos of wellness first. As key to life goals lies in health. Let’s face it, all the riches of the world mean nothing without your health and well-being. So its wellness first and if looking HOT and enjoying LIFE’S LUXURIES is a by-product, then why not?
Fitness, Fashion, Travel
Not Just Yoga grew organically from a yoga brand established in 2011. It was rebranded in 2016 as an online lifestyle and wellness concept as the founder wanted a space for others to experience their own wellness and success journey just as she did. She left the corporate hustle in 2010 after falling ill through exhaustion, to pursue a life in health and well-being. For full story click here.She’s currently well known for her Yoga, but wanted to incorporate the things she loves and has helped on her journey. Not Just Yoga’s online social media presence (@notjustyoga) grew rapidly and in 2017 the brand launched their own venue in London (@notjustyogalondon). With collaborations showcasing yoga, fashion, art and anything else lifestyle and wellness orientated. You can really see it’s Not Just (about) Yoga.
Not Just Yoga hosts an annual charity fashion catwalk - Travel in Style. Travel in Style is a series of charity fashion shows centred around holiday destinations. Our most recent event was Solis, where unique designers showcased ‘what to pack’ for a luxury winter sun getaway. As our ethos is wellness first, regular fitness classes and workshops are ever present at our space. Our instructors have all come from a wellnes journey of their own and our guest speakers are invited to give talks on nutrition and food. This combined with Pomona’s menu inspired by healthy living the Californian way, Not Just Yoga provides a full circle of wellness. We are continuously sharing our wellness movement outside of our space and always looking to collaborate with unique venues in holding pop up events such as our yoga classes.
www.notjustyoga.co.uk @notjustyoga & @nojustyogalondon firstname.lastname@example.org 47 Hereford Road, Notting Hill 07780532180
BEACH BLANKET BABYLON Beach Blanket Babylon, or BBB as it is affectionately known, was established in 1990. It comprises a prominent position in an old, impressive Georgian mansion on Ledbury Road in the heart of Notting Hill. Famous for its unique interior design blending Boho Chic, French Country style Chateau, the Baroque and Rococo, the high maximalist feel never fails to inspire the un-initiated and is known the world over for opulence and glamour. Offering a world menu, extensive wine list and cocktail selection that blends the traditional with the eccentric, BBB is a favourite amongst locals and visitors from all corners of the globe. As you walk through the imposing white doors, you enter into the bright bar, ideal for a light lunch in front of the open fire or early evening cocktails with friends. A mosaic adorned archway leads you to the restaurant whilst walking up the steps will take you to the Chapel, a semi-private enclave that is ideal for a private dinner. A winding staircase takes you to the Crypt, a luxurious cavern perfect for a smaller party. The Ballroom on the first floor is the piece de Renaissance of BBB. With its high ceilings, bespoke artwork and chandeliers, the decadent decor and palatial charm create a unique and impressive atmosphere. This sumptuous room has played host to notorious A-list parties in the past as well as elegant private dinners.
45 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill 020 7229 2907 beachblanket.co.uk/nottinghill
CASA CRUZ 123 Clarendon Road, Notting Hill 020 3321 5400 casacruz.london
POMONA’S Pomona’s is a striking restaurant and bar nestled in the heart of Notting Hill, offering neighbourhood dining inspired by the ethos of Californian living. Executive Chef, Wolfe Conyngham, has created a menu bursting with freshness and big flavours reflecting the Golden State’s fusion cuisine. The eclectic menu showcases nutritional and seasonal dishes from ‘wood & charcoal’ to ‘healthy & light’ – all lovingly prepared in the open kitchen and created with sustainable ingredients locally sourced with the utmost consideration Whether visiting for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch (from 9am) or just a drink, there’s a bright selection of signature cocktails, smoothies and wines carefully chosen with you in mind to enjoy. The inviting outdoor garden terrace is perfect for lazy afternoons and evenings throughout the summer. Additionally, there is a trio of private dining and event rooms on the upstairs floor available to hire. The kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week and weekend brunch (closed Mondays). Pomona’s pride themselves in offering a menu with a focus on freshness, sustainability and lovingly prepared food.
47 Hereford Road, Notting Hill 020 7229 1503 pomonas.co.uk
BARRY’S BOOTCAMP Barry’s is known around the world for sculpting some of Los Angeles’ most celebrated bodies (when you’re name-checked in Entourage, you know you’re a bonafide Hollywood institution.) Little wonder then that they’ve achieved cult status since arriving in London in 2013. Classes sell out within seconds, their instructors are household names, and not only do clients get proven results thanks to a signature combination of strength and cardio training - but with fellow bootcampers including Ellie Goulding and David Beckham (who describes it as “like a bonding session”) there’s a great chance of bumping into an A-lister on the neighbouring Woodway tread.
7-9 Queensway, 0207 0459911 barrysbootcamp.com
THE LION’S SECOND DREAM 2017
Oil on collaged linen 130 x 190 cm
© Tom Anholt 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
TOM ANHOLT Anholt graduated with a BA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2007 and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He creates imaginative works that are all about discovery and the practice of art making. Themes of journeying, of foreign places and otherness play a part in his artistic practice, and Anholtâ€™s works very often have strong narrative elements. The Lionâ€™s Second Dream, for instance, exemplifies his distinct amalgamation of colours, patterns and themes in a surreal, dream-like composition.
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SMITH & WOLLENSKY
The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam St, 020 7321 6007 smithandwollensky.co.uk
SMITH & WOLLENSKY Selected randomly from a list of surnames in a telephone directory, the Smith & Wollensky brand was created in 1977 and the first restaurant opened in New York. In 2015 they opened their first restaurant outside of the US â€“ in the iconic landmark Adelphi Building in London. Renowned American hospitality runs throughout the restaurant, from the warm welcome at the door to the knowledgeable staff at your table, making your experience an enjoyable one from your first drink to your last bite. Steaks are USDA Prime, dry-aged and butchered on-site, making Smith & Wollensky the only steakhouse in London which offers a cut of meat that combines all three. Sitting alongside these are patriotic British and Irish cuts and premium seafood with locally-sourced ingredients from the very best UK suppliers.
206-208 Kensington Park Road thelibrarygym.com | 020 7221 7992
THE INTELLIGENT GYM Winner of 4 Tatler Gym of the Year awards & 3 London Lifestyle awards. Pioneers of the 15 minute HIT sessions. Cited as the most beneficial anti- aging programme through exercise. The Library, a unique private members training club, offering unlimited personal training, tailored nutrition and above all, outstanding results - an average fat loss of 7.5 lbs and muscle gain of 3 lbs in just 12 days, training only 15 minutes per day. Combine your programme with a class of chilled yoga, strengthening barre or stress-busting boxing. Finally enjoy the calm reading area - your space for calm, intelligent thinking!
MR FOGG’S GIN PARLOUR
There are more than 300 different types of gin on offer at Fogg’s Gin Parlour! For the uninitiated gin swiller, the bartenders will happily guide you through some of the more unusual flavours. Audemus Pink Pepper Gin is served with a giant chunk of ice, chipped off a large block out the back, dried slice of lemon, thyme and red pepper corns. The tonic water, Fever-Tree in this case, is matched with each gin to ensure the flavour doesn’t overpower the spiciness of gin. All along the back wall is a long wooden bar with marble counter, silver champagne bowl and cut crystal water jugs. There are three bartenders dressed in waistcoats and lace shirts. The room makes you feel like sitting in a Victorian living room rather than a bar. It has a cosy feel but isn’t too crowded. However, the real joy is the large glass of gin between my hands. At Fogg’s gin parlour, gin is more than just a spirit slung in to a G&T. Here, it is all about the combination of gin type, tonic, garnish and slither of ice.
1 New Row, Covent Garden: 020 7590 3605 mr-foggs.com
BUNGA BUNGA Six years after the opening of the legendary Battersea bar and pizzeria, Bunga Bunga has come to Covent Garden with an even bigger and bolder version of the original. On the ground floor, discover a family pizzeria and bar, BungaTINI. Below, accessed through the meat locker, lies an incredible secret world serving an Italian sharing feast, extensive drinks menu and a variety show that is surprising and entertaining on every level.
167 Drury Lane London 020 7590 3602 covent-garden.bungabunga-london.com
FRENCHIE The fifth addition to the Frenchie locations and the first in London, Frenchie Covent Garden by Gregory Marchand (nicknamed ‘Frenchie’ by Jamie Oliver), echoes its Parisian counterpart with simple-yet-generous dishes, inspired by Greg’s travels. Working with all ingredients, from the simplest to the noblest, Gregory and his team strive for authentic, original culinary creations graced with impeccable seasoning and his now-famous touch of acidity. Gregory’s cuisine is described in turns as generous, inspired or daring, but it is always a source of surprise and delight. Marchand has worked in critically acclaimed restaurants including the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, Georges Vongerichten’s Vong in Hong Kong, NYC’s Gramercy Tavern, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (where he gained his nickname) and many more. Using the world as his larder, Gregory’s instinctive approach to cooking delivers simple yet sophisticated dishes rooted in French cuisine and transformed through inspiration from his international repertoire.
16 Henrietta St, Covent Garden 0207 836 4422 frenchiecoventgarden.com
Zuma in Londonâ€™s Knightsbridge offers a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese Izakaya style of informal eating and drinking. The ethos behind Zuma is to deliver an authentic flavour of the East while respecting the traditions of the past.
Zuma was co-founded by Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney in 2002. As the first restaurant to introduce the Robata grill concept to Europe, Becker completely changed Japanese cuisine as London knew it and transformed a concealed location into one of Londonâ€™s culinary hotspots. Becker was inspired by the Izakaya style of informal eating and drinking that he experienced during his 6 year stint in Japan before settling in London in 2001.
5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge 020 7584 1010 zumarestaurant.com
The London Cabaret Club offers a sophisticated entertainment concept combining an Exquisite dining experience with an innovative live cabaret show. Set around a distinctly British theme, the shows celebrate the rich heritage of British culture past and present. Featuring stars from London’s West-End, original choreography, and premium production values, The London Cabaret Club presents a truly unique proposition to London’s entertainment and nightlife scene. The London Cabaret Club produces immersive entertainment experiences, with each element artfully executed to maximise quality and multi-sensory pleasure. Through masterful gastronomy by acclaimed chefs, guests enjoy a seamless fusion between dining and performance. Friday’s are packed with well loved and classic hits, extravagant staging, mesmerising dancers and themed costumes. The show is a celebration of UK popular music throughout the last six decades. Saturdays is the night to unleash your inner Bond girl or super-spy at London Cabaret Club’s 007-themed special, ‘London Never Dies’. A thrilling dining and entertainment experience inspired by the popular James Bond movies. Guests will be transported into a glamorous world with premium entertainment acts throughout the evening plus a sumptuous dinner and DJ for dancing till dawn.
The Ballroom, Victoria House Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Place 020 7242 0002 thelondoncabaretclub.com
THE MANDRAKE The Mandrake is a brand new independent boutique hotel in the heart of London, combining eclectic, vibrant interiors, extraordinary art, intriguing soundscapes and specially designed scents. The result is an ambience that is intimate, distracting and intriguing at every turn. Snatched glimpses of the surreal will add to the sense of stepping in to a space apart. Cocooned in a different world, guests are paired with welcoming hospitality that is attentive and personal but never intrusive.The Mandrake houses 34 stylish and eclectic bedrooms, with three luxury suites and a dramatic penthouse. The rooms are set across four floors, rising up from the striking central courtyard surrounded by hanging gardens of jasmine and passion flower.
The Mandrake 20-21 Newman Street, 0203 1467770 themandrake.com
WE ARE THE WORLD 2014
Acrylic on linen 240 x 190 cm © Rannva Kunoy 2018
‘Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London’
RANNVA KUNOY Rannva Kunoy is an artist from the Faroe Islands whose unique work challenges artistic norms. Her use of vibrant crystal paint, which is normally used on luxury cars, dictates the movement of the eye across the canvasâ€™ gradient. By scratching into the glossy surface, she creates energetic gestures that guide the viewersâ€™ eye across the canvas. Through this technique, Kunoy encourages shifts in visual language and explores the psychology of perception. Kunoy graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2001 after completing her study of painting at City and Guilds of London Art School, London in 1999.
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BELLANGER A traditional French restaurant, brasserie and grand cafĂŠ in the heart of Islington. Relaxed, informal dining serving food inspired by classics from Alsace, with both French and German influences. True to the atmosphere of the original Parisian brasseries with a restaurant, bar, terrace and live music every evening.
9 Islington Green, 0207 226 2555 bellanger.co.uk
PISQU A Peruvian gastronomic experience showcasing mouth-watering flavours of modern day Lima using ingredients sourced from the Amazon and Andes. Pisco cocktails, beer, wines and food will transport you to sense the great variety of influences in what is the Peruvian melting pot: indigenous food with Japanese, Spanish and Chinese influences. 23 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, 0207 436 6123 pisqulondon.com
EIGHT MEMBERS CLUB
Located in the heart of the City of London, Eight Members Club currently operates two venues where members and their guests can both work and relax. Eight offers members a wonderful space to hold meetings, whether formal or informal, entertain in one of our club lounges, private dining rooms or our Quartier restaurant with spectacular views over the city skyline.
Eight Bank opened in 2006 and is located opposite the iconic Royal Exchange in the heart of the old Square Mile. A discreet door leads you to secret world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The club offers a beautifully appointed club lounge with full sized American pool tables, luxurious cinema and seven private meeting rooms.
Eight Bank 1 Change Alley EC3 www.eightclub.co.uk/bank 020 7621 0808
Eight Moorgate opened in 2009 and can be found just behind Finsbury Square. The club is located on the top 3 floors and has spectacular views over the city. Eight Moorgate has 3 large roof terraces where members can relax and take in the incredible skyline. The club also has a large restaurant with 3 private dining rooms, a quiet library space, communal workspace and a large event space.
Eight Moorgate 1 Dysart Street EC2 www.eightclub.co.uk/moorgate 020 7392 9410
SUSHISAMBA SUSHISAMBA offers its diners a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine, serving traditional dishes, plus more inventive fare, including sawagani, tuna tataki and anticuchos. The interior of is created to evoke images of Brazilâ€™s annual Carnaval celebration. Beautiful light fixtures fill the ceilings and provide guests with a distinctive signature style, while deep banquets are cloaked in orange - irresistible to guests who find solace in them for the evening.
38th and 39th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate 0203 640 7330 sushisamba.com/london
DUCK & WAFFLE Duck & Waffle offers a playful take on traditional British cuisine with broad European influences emphasizing local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Dishes are designed for sampling and sharing and are complemented by an iconoclastic cocktail experience. Duck & Waffle offers a unique blend of breathtaking London views with an intimate, welcoming, critically-acclaimed dining experience. Designed by award-winning architects CetraRuddy, the restaurant features include a 24 seat â€œinside outâ€? bar, a bustling open kitchen and a private dining room that seats up to 18 people.
40th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate 0203 640 7310 duckandwaffle.com
GERMAN GYMNASIUM Originally designed as the first purpose built gym in England, this Grade II-listed building conveniently situated in the heart of vibrant King’s Cross, German Gymnasium serves Mittel-European inspired dishes all day long, across two floors and out on its vast heated terraces. The interiors are designed by Conran and Partners who worked with the building’s
original features to create a space that highlights the heritage of this piece of sporting history. The Grand Café on the ground floor offers all-day dining with heated terraces opening out onto the squares. The Meister Bar offers stunning cocktails, and on the
mezzanine level there’s a smaller restaurant and elegant private dining room overlook the brasserie below.
King’s Blvd, Kings Cross, 020 7287 8000 germangymnasium.com
THE DELAUNEY Inspired by the grand cafés of Mittel-Europe, The Delaunay is an all-day café-restaurant located on the corner of Aldwych & Drury Lane. Open from early in the morning until late at night, seven days a week. Located in the heart of London’s theatre land, The Delaunay is perfectly placed for enjoying a meal before or after a matinée performance or indeed an evening show.
55 Aldwych London 020 7499 8558 thedelaunay.com
MONDRIAN Seductive and striking, Mondrian London at Sea Containers brings a bold new energy to London, blending the style and sophistication of the boutique brand with Southbankâ€™s eclectic vibe. Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the famed Sea Containers building, Mondrian London uniquely offers river view balcony suites directly on the Thames. Working with Design Research Studio under the creative direction of renowned British designer Tom Dixon, the hotel captures the essence of the original building, exuding 1920s cruise ship glamour integrated with the modern twists and sophisticated design for which the Mondrian brand is known.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank 020 3747 1000 morganshotelgroup.com/Mondrian-London
SKYLON Situated on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre Skylon offers stunning views from huge floor-to-ceiling windows. The main restaurant features modern British cuisine from Executive Chef Kim Woodward, while the grill offers more informal cooking and a relaxed atmosphere. The two dining areas are separated by a stunning centerpiece bar, which is renowned across London for its fabulous cocktails.
Royal Festival Hall, 020 7654 7800 skylon-restaurant.co.uk
AQUAVIT Aquavit London is a fresh, new concept that combines inspired signature dishes with sophisticated design, all in a uniquely Nordic style. Situated in the recently re-developed St Jamesâ€™s Market in central London.
St Jamesâ€™ Market, 1 Carlton Street 020 7024 9848, aquavitrestaurants.com/london
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