The Art Issue
PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE COLLECTIVE YOU . A HIS TORY OF CULTURE AT THE SAVOY SHAKESPEAREʼS GLOBE . IMPRESSIONIS TS IN LONDON . SOUTINEʼS PORTRAITS – ALSO INSIDE – Nathan Rollinson takes afternoon tea . New seasonal menu at Kasparʼs at The Savoy Exclusive interview with Charlotte Tilbury . A journey to Mauritius
In it together…
elcome to our final issue of Savoy Magazine for 2017. As I write this, The Savoy is suitably festive, featuring a spectacular interactive Christmas showpiece in our Front Hall by Penhaligon’s, our partner brand for the season. We have always gone to great lengths to form lasting relationships with like-minded companies and brands such as Penhaligon’s. It is these relationships that inspire us, enhance our offering, and help position us at the centre of the community. As 2018 begins, we will continue to seek out new relationships in order to develop a winning cultural programme that showcases our passion for art, literature and charity; most recently, we embarked on a renewed partnership with the British Red Cross that you will hear more about in our next issue. The Savoy has always celebrated culture, and has had some of the most influential and creative minds over the centuries walk through our doors. In this edition, we explore our own history to discover the role this building has played in the creation of art, music, and literary works; along with the impact this city has had on some of the finest, and important, impressionist work of the era. We have had the pleasure of speaking with Shakespeare’s Globe, who have just celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2017, about how this iconic theatre has transformed the landscape of Shakespeare in performance, education and research.
And this issue provides the perfect opportunity to make an exciting announcement for 2018 – The Savoy’s collaboration with The Collective You, who will be providing a unique view through their camera lens. There needn’t be a wait for something new though. Kaspar’s have introduced a seasonal menu that is available now, and we have had the pleasure of savouring its delights, whilst London-based blogger Nathan Rollinson visited our Thames Foyer to experience the Afternoon Tea. Further afield, we have rounded up some of the world’s most sensational properties that have appeared on the market, as well as an exclusive interview with makeup artist extraordinaire, Charlotte Tilbury. I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year, and look forward to seeing you in 2018.
PHILIP M. BARNES REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR
EVENTS Music to the ears
INSIDER Our Christmas transformation
CULTURE HUB A history of art at The Savoy
LIFE THROUGH A LENS An image of what is to come
THE RIGHT IMPRESSION Impressionist art in London
COMPLEX REFLECTIONS Soutine’s portraits from Paris
A CRUCIBLE OF ENERGY Then and now at The Globe
LET US ENTERTAIN YOU Top picks for the season
LIFE’S LITTLE LUXURIES Treats you never knew you needed
THE REVOLUTION Interview with Charlotte Tilbury
TEA TIME Nathan Rollinson takes Afternoon Tea
TASTE THE SEASON Enjoy the new menu at Kaspar’s
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THE GRAND TOURER A test drive of the Aston Matin DB11
WINTER WARMERS Where to find the best hot drinks
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY As a new year begins, now is the perfect time to try something different, and take advantage of these upcoming events...
Historical Tour MONDAY FEBRUARY 5 TO MONDAY MARCH 5 Follow in the famous footsteps of Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe by embarking on a historical tour led by Savoy hotel archivist Susan Scott. Listen to the innovative stories, secrets and discover the authentic heritage that truly hallmark the iconic identity of The Savoy, finishing up in our charming museum bar for a glass of Champagne. Savoy storytelling – our best-kept secret! £40 per person. Available for up to eight guests per tour.
Savoy Musicians THAMES FOYER ENTERTAINMENT DAILY, 7.30PM TO 12.00AM If music be the food of love, you’ll find no better place for it than the Thames Foyer. Showcasing an array of talent that embraces a range of musical genres, dinner time reaches new levels of enjoyment thanks to their live performances. From the easy swing of the Nicola Emmanuelle Trio, to the mesmerising piano of Guy Lederman, there is no act billed that should be missed.
Afternoon Tea Master Class SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11 Uncover the secrets behind our signature British Afternoon Tea with Executive Pastry Chef Ludwig Hely. Master the skilled art of creating traditional éclairs and enjoy Champagne afternoon tea in the stunning surroundings of the Thames Foyer. You will also be able to take away The Savoy’s bespoke afternoon tea blends and a tea set exclusively designed by Wedgwood. £215 per person.
Coffee Master Class
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18 Enjoy an introduction to home brewing with our coffee experts, who will show you how to create the perfect cup of coffee using the finest speciality Brazilian beans. Learn how to make an exceptional coffee at home, using different methods and techniques. £65 per person.
Bread Making Master Class SATURDAY MARCH 24 Our chefs know a thing or two about baking fresh bread daily. We invite guests behind the scenes to our historic kitchen for a private baking class with one of our skilled Executive Bakery Chefs. This experience includes a three course lunch at Kaspar’s at The Savoy. £115 per person.
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The Savoy seems to transform into a festive paradise overnight, but for Belinda Bowles, head floral designer at The Savoy, Christmas begins in February
or some, it may seem too early when festive decorations adorn the streets of London in November, but Christmas has been on our mind for months. This year’s theme, Christmas in the Air, was not picked at random. The process begins in February, when Belinda and her team start brainstorming. An array of ideas are put forward and a number of luxury brands contacted to see if they would like to be involved. Once the associated brand has been selected, the painstakingly detailed process of developing many mood boards and illustrations begins, insuring every inch of The Savoy is reflective of the theme. It is when all this is finalised that the magic can truly begin and the ideas are brought to life. Yet all this requires meticulous planning. Hours upon hours are put into the logistical arrangements of bringing a vision to life. Although perhaps not all that glamorous, creating a mock up is a necessity for making sure installation is possible. Once it is ensured that the vision can go ahead logistically, the team liaise with all The Savoy’s food and beverage outlets, including Melba at The Savoy and Simpson's on the Strand, so that consistency is guaranteed throughout. The pastry chef is briefed on the theme in detail so they can get
to work on concocting the delicious festive Afternoon Tea that will be available throughout December. This year, our associated brand of choice is Penhaligon’s, who have worked closely with The Savoy to make Christmas in the Air a theme to remember. They have a beautiful story book that is available to view next to the 14ft tree in the foyer for all guests to read and enjoy. There is also an excellent photo opportunity in the form of a car that has been built next to the tree – the perfect shot of you driving home for Christmas - all set amongst the delightful pine scent of Penhaligon’s candles. During the overnight transformation, a team install all the decorations from midnight to 7am. Thirty hardworking individuals hang 3000 fairy lights, there are 260 designer Penhaligon’s baubles that are individually wired, and garlands are placed upon every mantle with red poinsettias. The Thames Foyer is also transformed into a winter garden featuring Victorian street lamps – oh, and keep an eye out for the mistletoe too. When all is said and done, the effort and dedication all pays off when The Savoy is revealed to be a truly magical place to spend Christmas – it really is in the air. Snow will fall from December 15th between 5pm-6pm daily until Christmas.
SAVOY ART TRAVEL
DINNER DANCING AT THE SAVOY, 1912
CULTURE HUB ✦
The Savoy has always been a source of inspiration, and a place to call home, for some of the finest musicians, artists and writers. Here, we delve into the rich cultural past of London’s iconic hotel…
uilt in the 1880s, and opened in 1889 by theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, the producer of the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, The Savoy was
fated from the start to be the most theatrical of venues. After all, D’Oyly Carte even wrapped the river frontage of London’s first deluxe hotel in long cast-iron balconies which featured the nine Muses, the classical goddesses of culture and the arts. The balconies are long gone, but the influence of the Muses abides. For over 125 years, The Savoy has been a hotel rich in artistic associations, not simply as a magnet for the talented, but as an inspiration for their creativity through the decades. D’Oyly Carte’s old friend, James McNeill Whistler, was the first artist to draw The Savoy even before it was complete. He handed a scribbled impression of the building under scaffolding to the D’Oyly Cartes, with a note that the hotel would never look so well again. In fact, Whistler would return to The Savoy in the 1890s, to make further sketches of the wonderful river views, and the pigeons on his 6th floor balcony. These views inspired impressionist Claude Monet to do much the same; he painted the river repeatedly across three lengthy stays between 1899 and 1901, finally keeping only 37 canvasses which constitute his London Bridges series. Artists including Joseph Pennell, Christopher Nevinson, and Feliks Topolski have also painted the iconic bend in the river with – on a clear day – its view of seven bridges. D’Oyly Carte’s vision was of a hotel filled not only with tourists and travellers, but also with the cream of British aristocracy. The leader of society was the Prince of Wales - later King Edward VII - and his favourite hotelier was César Ritz. “Wherever Ritz goes, I go,” said the Prince; D’Oyly Carte promptly hired César Ritz for The Savoy. Ritz decreed that there should be live music playing constantly in the public areas. “Music,” he explained, “covers awkward gaps in the conversation”; and music there was. Led by the Prince of Wales, British and foreign high society flocked to The Savoy,
THE DIAMOND JUBILEE RIVER PAGEANT FROM THE ROOF OF THE SAVOY, DAVID DOWNES, 2012
RISING FLOOR AT THE SAVOY, 1940
and at the peak of its popularity the Ballroom, crammed with up to a thousand dancers, was a hot, sweaty, and enormously fashionable venue. Every morning the cleaners swept up piles of glass fragments; the glass beads falling from the flappers’ chiffon dresses were stamped into the floor, and crushed to powder underfoot. During this period, some of the earliest transatlantic broadcasts were made by the BBC and the Marconi Company from the Savoy Ballroom. It was probably these experiments that attracted one wellknown American composer, George Gershwin, to hold the British premier of his “Rhapsody in Blue” at The Savoy in 1925. Gershwin played first piano, accompanied by the Savoy Orpheans, under the direction of bandleader Debroy Somers. The Savoy Orpheans went on to produce stand-out stars of its own. American trumpeter Rudy Vallée left the band for a Hollywood career as a movie heart-throb. Singer Al Bowlly also sought fame and
and while most of them ignored the background noise, one fateful evening in 1912, a couple dining in the restaurant boldly stood up and began to dance to a popular tune being played by the band in the corner. Other couples joined in, the waiters ran to move tables to make more space, and the tradition of dinner-dancing at The Savoy was born. Small speciality dance-bands were hired to offer a variety of entertainment, and as the hotel struggled through the First World War, the music played on. Eventually the war ended, and the hotel began to return to normal. In 1919, an ambitious young man made an appointment to see the directors of the hotel, making an offer that was music to their ears. William de Mornys promised that if he was put in charge of all the entertainments in the hotel, he could make them profitable. Swiftly hired, de Mornys set about hiring gifted young musicians from both the UK and US, who could play the kind of modern music popular with the ‘bright young things’ of the day. He also imported a complete Latin dance band directly from the States. The New York Havana Band were immediately re-branded as the Savoy Havana Band, while the new dance orchestra was christened the
fortune in the US, and is now considered the first “pop star”. Meanwhile, a quiet young man who turned up on spec in 1924 as a pianist, rose through the ranks to become the leader of the Savoy Hotel Orpheans when the orchestra was relaunched in 1931. Carroll Gibbons would remain at The Savoy, ultimately as Director of Entertainment, until his death in 1954. The most famous of the Savoy bandleaders, he made recordings, broadcast regularly on the BBC, and even appeared in one or two films. The ultimate tribute to his talent and professionalism was made by fellow musician and Savoy regular Frank Sinatra, who included Gibbons’ signature song “Garden in the Rain” as one of only a dozen tracks on the album “Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain” (1962). By the mid-1920s, the hotel buzzed with excitement in the evenings, but it was time for a change. The wall between the Thames Foyer and the then-Winter Garden was removed, and a permanent stage for the bands was built on the east side of the large new space. Dinner, dancing and cabaret all in one room was now the order of the day. One slight teething-problem was solved a few years later with the installation of the hydraulically-operated “rising floor” in
Savoy Orpheans. The two bands proved sensations, not only for those lucky enough to hear them at The Savoy, but nationally, as the newlyestablished British Broadcasting Company (BBC) set up its recording studios in Savoy Hill, just across the road from The Savoy. The BBC did not need to look far for a stable of talented musicians, and the Savoy bands were making regular broadcasts of dance music by 1923. The resultant public rush to the hotel for dinner and dancing had two outcomes. Firstly, The Savoy Restaurant was enlarged in the evenings and offered cabaret entertainment for those dining there; and the Ballroom was repurposed with a new fully-sprung dance floor installed, and the original royal box remodelled and turned into a small recessed stage at one end of the room. At the other end a raised platform offered a second stage. In the evenings there was continual music from one end of the room or the other. Tickets for dinner and dancing – or dancing only - were available,
and “Imperial Palace”
front of the stage. This large platform rose three feet for cabaret acts,
(1930); and gave his
offering a good view from all corners of the room, and was lowered
name to the omelette
to provide the dance-floor between performances.
created for him as a
This set a template for entertainment at The Savoy that lasted until
regular in The Savoy
the nightly dinner-dances ended in 1980. Appearing in cabaret at
The Savoy became a desirable badge of honour, and stars like Noel
And the hotel
Coward, Maurice Chevalier, Josephine Baker, Françoise Hardy,
continues to support
and Cilla Black all appeared on the rising floor. It was considered
writers too: a writer-
quite a coup to scoop recent British Eurovision winner Sandie Shaw
for the Savoy cabaret in the late 1960s. Sandie performed in her
saw Fay Weldon
trademark bare feet, and was bemused by the polite Savoy audience
(2003), Kathy Lette
who refrained from interrupting or applauding until the end of her
McCourt (2005), and
After music and art, what of literature? In some ways The Savoy
had a head start, since father of English literature Geoffrey Chaucer,
(2007) spend several
novelist Henry Fielding, and Romantic poet William Blake all lived
months living at The
(and in Blake’s case died) on the site where The Savoy was later built.
Savoy, offering each
Technically, the first writer-in-residence was Oscar Wilde, one of
of them an oasis of
the most famous personalities of his day when he moved into The
calm with a view of
Savoy, eventually leaving after his mounting bills became too large to ignore. Author Arnold Bennett wrote two novels centred around
The Savoy, thinly disguised as “The Grand Babylon Hotel” (1902),
the River Thames, in which to work on their writing. For the
most part, this involved polishing drafts already written, but in the
“Appearing in cabaret at The Savoy
case of Michael Morpurgo, inspired by The Savoy’s beautiful art
became a desirable badge of honour,
Ionides, a book written after the residency had ended, “Kaspar,
and stars like Noel Coward, Maurice Chevalier, Josephine Baker, Françoise Hardy, and Cilla Black all appeared on the rising ﬂoor”
deco carved wooden cat, Kaspar, made in 1927 by designer Basil Prince of Cats”, was published in 2008. The book’s popularity saw Kaspar taking a prime spot in the Front Hall where he sits when not acting as the 14th guest at parties of 13. How, then, does The Savoy celebrate its cultural heritage in the 21st century? Well, we’re still very proud of our remarkable past, and equally keen to contribute to the cultural heritage of the future. The Savoy supports writers and literature with Damian Barr’s Literary Salon, which is hosted here twice a year. Meanwhile, on selected dates, the hotel offers a traditional dinner-
THE SAVOY ORPHEANS, 1925
dance, with music provided by Alex Mendham and his Orchestra following in the footsteps of Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Hotel Orpheans. And since 2012, The Savoy has commissioned several pieces of original art for the hotel, including the set of eight panels in the Thames Foyer depicting some of our most famous guests, by pop-artist McAlpine Miller, a remarkable anamorphic model of Kaspar, which stands in our eponymous restaurant Kaspar’s at The Savoy, and a large painting in the Front Hall commemorating the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla of 2012, as it passed along the river in front of The Savoy. This sizeable canvas, by artist David Downes depicts the bend in the river with its view of seven bridges, where The Savoy has sat since 1889. There may perhaps be a few more modern features on the South Bank, but it is still very recognisably the same view that entranced Claude Monet and James McNeill Whistler back in the 1890s.
SAVOY THROUGH A LENS The Savoy and The Collective You are thrilled to announce their 2018 collaboration that will offer truly unique photography experiences for guests. Both parties are excited to reveal all at the beginning of the New Year www.thecollectiveyou.com PHOTOS: THE COLLECTIVE YOU
THE RIGHT IMPRESSION Art critic Estelle Lovatt delves into the work of French artists in exile, who produced impressionist art in London from 1870 to 1904, which is currently being celebrated in a new exhibition at Tate Britain
his is the first exhibition to map the connections
Instantly recognisable views of the city of London are seen
between French and British artists, their patrons and
through French Impressionists’ eyes; capturing the British way of
art dealers. It illustrates how the French Impressionists
life and social ethos, which were, notably, very different to the
saw us, and the effect their bold, new and sometimes
Parisian café culture they were used to.
controversial style of painting, had on our own cadre of artists.
Highlights of the exhibition include six beautiful paintings
The years 1870-71, post one of Europe’s bloodiest conflicts,
by Monet, featuring the landmarks of Westminster, St Paul’s
the Franco-Prussian war, and the devastation that came to the
Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament. Monet came to London,
streets of Paris, brought these ‘refugee artists’ to London. The
with his wife and child, to avoid conscription. Although he could
exhibition is a rare glimpse into how, and why, exiled French
not speak the language, they settled here for seven months. After
artists came to paint what they did here in Britain.
his paints, brushes and canvasses were delayed on the way over
More than 100 stunning artworks chart the human stories of these artists fleeing the war in France, and coming to Britain. Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, Rodin, Derain, Carpeaux, Dalou, Legros and Tissot painted unforgettable scenes of their short-term home here, and their masterpieces return to London from galleries in Chicago and New York in America; Le Havre and Paris in France; and Krefeld in Germany. The 1870s was a time of horror in Paris,
from France, Monet replaced his art materials from shops on Charing Cross Road. Unfortunately, this practice left him broke. With no money, and lack of any potential interested collectors buying his pictures, poor Monet found the whole trip’s experience not at all conducive to painting. Also, with the death of his father back
which drove French artists to seek refuge
home in France, Monet became
across the Channel. They came to London
depressed, managing to paint
for different reasons; some to avoid army
just six works.
conscription, some for political reasons and others, in particular Sisley, because
Allegedly, he had a wretched time, complaining that the
they had lost everything in the conflict.
constantly changing weather
Their personal experiences of being in
conditions and choking thick fog made
London not only developed and influenced their own artwork, but also contributed
it impossible to even see London; never mind paint it; and the British buyers didn’t
to the British art scene in general,
want grey paintings of fog because they
making British work a part of the greater
found them too depressing to look at.
transnational story of art, informed by the world.
Then, Monet saw beauty in fog, and of painting, en plein air, sat out in it. From then on, Monet
was drawn to London by its fog, rather than its architecture. Writing
Another, of people enjoying London parks, includes Pissarro’s Kew
to his wife, Alice, he noted, "London would be quite ugly if it was
Green. It irritated Monet, as the king of the Impressionists, that
not for the fog!" Monet became fascinated by the interplay of
British artists painted London, in the greatest of detail, brick by
sunlight through London's pea-soup smog, and found the beauty
brick, instead of brush stroke by brush stroke.
within it. As a result, Monet considered his Thames paintings as important as his Rouen cathedral series. Monet returned to London when he had become a successful artist back in France, and his paintings were in high demand. Considerably better off financially, he was able to afford to pay for a stay at The Savoy Hotel.
This exhibition also looks at the mentorship these artists received from the artist Daubigny, the founding father of Impressionism, who introduced Monet to Durand-Ruel, a dealer who became the main buyer of works by these Impressionist artists. Durand-Ruel had first met Monet and Pissarro in London, during their exile from the Franco-Prussian War, in 1870-71. The French
Monet visited The Savoy three times to paint
artists gravitated towards art lovers who would help
views of the Thames, and other city landmarks,
them develop their careers, and provide them
from his balcony on the upper floors. He
with financial support. Durand-Ruel purchased
followed a strict and structured routine to
over 5000 Impressionist works over his lifetime
his day in the hotel. It would start with two
which, in Monet’s own words, “saved them
English breakfasts, followed by working on
his series of paintings, including the sun rising
There are also some very typical British
over ‘Waterloo Bridge’, and, ‘Charing Cross
scenes demonstrating how certain English
Bridge [with] Cleopatra’s Needle’, from his hotel room. Later in the day, he’d cross the river, and from a covered terrace at St Thomas' Hospital paint, ‘The House of Parliament’, through evening fog. Monet had about 100 canvases on the go at The Savoy. Each
social codes, cultural customs and traditional rituals, captured the imagination of the Impressionists, highlighting their engagement with British culture. There are scenes that might not have ever been recorded by British artists. With no preconceived notions of the city, they realistically
being painted, in rotation, at the same time of day and weather
represented the weather and climate of central London. It is
conditions. With so many canvases on the go, Monet took them
evident how much the air quality has changed, cleared and
unfinished from The Savoy and completed them back home in
improved since foggy Victorian London, yet the weather remains
Giverny. In 1904, he exhibited 37 views of the Thames in Paris.
a British preoccupation today. Exploring key moments in both
The results were a remarkable snap shot of London, and the
French and British art history, some of these remarkable artworks
exhibit was his most successful and profitable show to date.
are being shown in the UK for the first time.
These French artists were particularly fascinated by London’s parks. These were the places where different social classes mixed
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French
together, and visitors were allowed to stroll freely across the lush
Artists in Exile (1870-1904)
green grass – a stark contrast to France, where walking on the
grass was strictly forbidden in the prim French gardens. One
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
creation that Monet painted of Hyde Park, shows people walking
2 November 2017 – 7 May 2018.
everywhere - apart from on the designated public pathways.
Part of the EY Tate Arts Partnership
Houses of Parliament c.1900, Oil paint on canvas, 812 x
Houses of Parliament, Sunlight Effect, 1903, Oil paint on
928 mm, Art Institute of Chicago
canvas, 1048 x 1156 mm, Brooklyn Museum of Art
Houses of Parliament, 1903, Oil paint on canvas,
Houses of Parliament, Fog Effect, 1903-1904, Oil paint
810 x 920mm, Musée Malraux
on canvas, 813 x 924 mm, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Houses of Parliament. Sun breaking through the fog,
Houses of Parliament, Sunset, 1904, Oil paint on
1904, Oil paint on canvas, 815 x 925 mm, Musée d’Orsay
canvas, 810 x 920 mm, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum
01 \ 22
James Tissot (1836-1902), The Ball on Shipboard c.1874,
Court, Morning, 1874, Oil paint on canvas, 511 x 688 mm,
Oil paint on canvas, 1012 x 1476 x 115 mm, Tate. Presented
National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh UK)
by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1937
Photo: ©Luc Chessex
Alfred Sisley (1839 - 1899), Molesey Weir, Hampton
Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903), Kew Green, 1892,
Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), Leicester Square, 1901,
Oil paint on canvas, 460 x 550 mm,
Oil paint on canvas, 805 x 648 mm, Coll. Fondation Jean et
Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)
Suzanne Planque (in deposit at Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence)
Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903), Saint Anne’s
Camille Pissarro, Charing Cross Bridge, 1890,
Church at Kew, London, 1892, Oil paint on
Oil paint on canvas, 600 x 924 mm, National
canvas, 548 x 460 mm, Private collection
Gallery of Art (Washington, USA)
© COURTAULD GALLERY
PASTRY COOK OF CAGNES (LE PÂTISSIER DE CAGNES) 1922, CHAIM SOUTINE
THE WAITING MAID (LA JEUNE SERVANTE, ALSO KNOWN AS LA SOUBRETTE) C.1933, CHAIM SOUTINE
©COURTAULD GALLERY, PRIVATE COLLECTION.
© COURTAULD GALLERY
©COURTAULD GALLERY, PRIVATE COLLECTION.
BUTCHER BOY (LE GARÇON BOUCHER) C.1919-1920, CHAIM SOUTINE
ROOM SERVICE WAITER (LE GARÇON D’ÉTAGE), 1928, CHAIM SOUTINE
R E F LECTIONS Art critic Estelle Lovatt introduces us to Soutine’s expressive portraits of cooks, waiters and bellboys that come together for the first time in a new exhibition
ollowing World War I, the early 1920s and
in Russia (modern-day Belarus), emigrated to
1930s in France was a time of recuperation,
Montparnasse, in 1913. Living in poverty, as a
revision and reincarnation for a country totally
starving young artist, he was an Expressionist painter
devastated by war. This rebirth came about through the
concentrating on the recognisable, figurative,
cultural and leisurely pursuits of the French, through
representation of the world around him - at a
their hotels, restaurants and cafés, which helped foster
time when art was (pre)dominated by abstraction.
the leisure industries that restored the French economy.
Highly influenced by Rembrandt, Goya, Van Gogh,
Paris was full of energy that followed the ostentatious
Modigliani, Cezanne, Poussin and the French Old
pizzazz and opulence of the Roaring Twenties.
Masters in the Louvre, Soutine’s canvases reveal an
This exhibition brings together, for the very first time, Soutine’s mesmerising portraits of the members of staff working at some of France’s grandest hotels and
artist utterly and sincerely moved by the practice of portraiture, and painting from life. Soutine painted these portraits directly from
leading restaurants. Soutine was attracted to them
observation. Depicting the sitter weary from labour,
because he saw in them complex reflections of himself,
each worker sits slouched, too tired to sit up straight;
as a stranger in Paris. Like Soutine, some of these
looking lopsided in their uniforms.
workers were immigrants who had come to Paris, for a
Soutine took them from their corridors below stairs,
better life. Paris was the leading-edge forward-looking
away from the visual cacophony of their work. Instead,
most avant-garde city in Europe. Soutine, the tenth of
he painted them perhaps in staff quarters or his
11 children, was raised under extremely modest means
studio, against a plain quiet background bearing no
himself, which meant he had a genuine understanding
reference to their profession. They are on their break,
of, and affinity for, his sitters.
resting away from their labours. Still, they sit wearing
Penniless, Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), born
their uniform with great pride instead of feeling
© COURTAULD GALLERY
©COURTAULD GALLERY, EDMUND HAYES FUND, ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY
PAGE BOY AT MAXIM'S (LE CHASSEUR DE CHEZ MAXIM’S) C. 1927, CHAIM SOUTINE
COOK OF CAGNES (LE CUISINIER DE CAGNES) C.1924, CHAIM SOUTINE, COURTESY
embarrassed by it. They are grateful to be employed. Since they do not follow the high society, fine art, ritual of only
THE VALET (LE VALET DE CHAMBRE) C.1927, CHAIM SOUTINE
THE CHAMBERMAID (LA FEMME DE CHAMBRE) C.1930, CHAIM SOUTINE, COURTESY KUNSTMUSEUM LUCERNE
see-through washes, sprays, trickles and stains of veiled colour. Creamy lush applications of oil paint stand proud from Soutine's
‘the great and the good’ being suitable subjects to be captured
canvases transforming these workers into applied decorative motifs of
for posterity in portraits, maybe they feel like they don’t fit in with
modern art. As a result, in 1923, the American collector Dr. Albert C.
the sacramental devotion that’s historically always been worthy of
Barnes saw one of Soutine’s early portraits, ‘The Pastry Chef’, probably
traditional highly-established portraiture. But no, Soutine has given
his first portrait of a hotel worker in uniform, of a seventeen-year-old
them dignity and grace, presenting them as if from the best habits of
apprentice pastry cook at Céret’s Garetta Hotel. Barnes thought it the
portraiture as commissioned by royals and aristocrats. And yet, by
ultimate modern artwork and bought it. He then purchased more than
having them sat, posing in their industry apparel, they offer just as
fifty canvases. Catapulting Soutine from being an anonymous poor
much, if not more, than a conventional commissioned portrait does.
artist to respected moneyed celebrity in the Paris art world.
With Soutine purposely choosing to pose his subject wearing their
Highly individual, each portrait is ‘stamped’ with Soutine’s unique
work uniform, and not their regular personal wardrobe of choice, they
trademark style of impasto brushwork that twists along rhythmic
look to be maintaining a proud dignity for their own self-worth. Just
streams of thick paint as they erupt with momentous force and vigour
like a noble leader, without the majestic crown or rule of government.
across the surface of the picture plane. Looking as if it is sticky peaks of
Much like the constitution of these serving workers themselves,
beaten egg whites spooned from the head chef’s mixing bowl. Thick
Soutine’s paint is applied muscularly. This expostulating of paint
paint sponged on through brush marks and palette knife application is
was his unique way of presenting the inner psyche of the sitter; their
saturated with drama replicating these weary workers’ faces.
cultural uniqueness unyielding in their mixing with an international
These portraits started Soutine’s reputation as a great foreign artist
French exclusiveness. As if the soul of the sitter is reincarnated within
breaking in to a transcontinental society. He rose to become one of
the paint’s texture, forming a crusty skin across the pictorial surface.
the leading and prosperous modern painters in Paris, which was the
It’s this physicality in his paint that has become Soutine’s own
capital of the art world, and a highly-respected figure in the ‘School
personal language. His brushwork, stiff with oil, is thick and fatty,
of Paris’, during the height of the modern era in the 1920s to1930s.
almost like ‘human clay’, that he draws over the body. Fundamentally looking as naturalistic as possible, yet still, realising
His energetic work represents an important precursor to Action Painting and Abstract Expressionism, which he painted with great
a painterly likeness, not a photographic permanence, they secure
rapidity, which reflect the all-over compositions and gestural
a sense of something more perceptive and inborn about human
brushwork like Pollock and De Kooning. He went on to influence
personality, charisma and animation. Twisting veiled stains of
British portrait painters Lucian Freud, Auerbach and Kossoff.
transparent tone tracing the individual body under pressed clothes,
Soutine returns to London with this exhibition, for the first time
the pigments breathing life into the folds of their uniform. Every so
since his paintings were first shown here in 1919 in an exhibition
often, they appear to have shifting features, as if jumbled untidily from
of contemporary French art, at Heal & Son’s Mansard Gallery, in
lop-sided ear to lop-sided ear. All at once balanced by thin, sketchy,
Tottenham Court Road W1.
Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys. Until 21 January 2018.
The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
PATRICK SPOTTISWOODE FKC, DLITT (H.C). DIRECTOR, GLOBE EDUCATION, SHAKESPEAREâ€™S GLOBE.
. A Y C
It has been 20 years since Shakespeare’s Globe, as we know it today, opened to the public. Hannah Patterson delves into the past and present with Director of Globe Education, Patrick Spottiswoode
O F LE
C RU IB
E N R E
he story begins with an American.
that had no roof, no lights, and would have
Actor and director Sam Wanamaker
an audience of over 700 standing to watch
had an idea; one that he would
Shakespeare performed on a round stage.”
have to fight for during the final 23 years of
But this was not the only source of the
his life. At the time, the concept of rebuilding
apathy. “It bothered some that Sam was
a theatre from the 1500s that would be
American, like Walt Disney, and they believed
dedicated to the performance and teaching of
the Globe was simply going to be a Disney
Shakespeare’s work seemed utterly ludicrous.
product by the Thames, and that there would
After all, a National Theatre had finally been
be no theatrical or scholarly resonance. He
established in the 1970s, dedicated to the
was also facing what was, at the time, a very
immortal memory of William Shakespeare,
hostile Southwark Council.”
and the Royal Shakespeare Company had
So, why build the Globe? One of the key
taken up residence at the Barbican – surely
things that Wanamaker wanted the theatre
that was enough for London’s Theatreland?
to be was a place that made Shakespeare
Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Globe
accessible to everyone. He didn’t believe that
Education, joined Sam on his mission in
the work should be a middleclass, intellectual,
1984, and worked with him for the nine years
theatre pursuit, but something for everyone to
prior to his death in 1993.
take ownership of, and take part in.
“It was considered a completely mad-cap
“What excited Sam was the fact that the first
idea. Very few people could understand why
Globe was a popular theatre. He believed that
Sam would want to rebuild a 1599 theatre
if the architecture reflected what it had been in
PETE LE MAY
MARK RYLANCE AS KING PHILIPPE IN CLAIRE VAN KAMPEN’S FARINELLI AND THE KING, SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE, 2015.
Shakespeare’s time, we could make him even more popular than he was in the 1980s. A theatre with an open roof, that’s open to all.” Tragically, Wanamaker passed away in 1993, four years before he could see his vision become a reality. But even in 1997,
JONATHAN PRYCE AS SHYLOCK IN JONATHAN MUNBY’S PRODUCTION OF THE MERCHANT OF VENICE AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE.
English would love it too.” And they did. The Globe has changed
LADI EMERUWA AS HAMLET IN THE GLOBE’S SMALLSCALE TOURING PRODUCTION OF HAMLET, 2014-2016.
SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL PERFORMED IN GUJARATI BY ARPANA AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE, GLOBE TO GLOBE FESTIVAL, 2012.
there is a relevant relationship between Shakespeare’s plays, and the theatre for
the landscape, both nationally and
which he wrote them. The architecture makes
internationally, of Shakespeare in
his plays sound and play differently.”
performance, education and research. “Sometimes I feel I should be less
There is a lot to be said for the building itself, and the success it has experienced since
there were still those asking what difference
immodest," continues Patrick. "But I feel the
its opening. The energy that is channelled
The Globe was going to make.
organisation can claim this. The architecture
through the space thanks to the absence of
“I used to go to a lot of parties and events,
of The Globe, and the way it brings actor and
the more traditional ‘fourth wall’ excites both
and when I told other guests who I worked
audience together, sharing the same light, has
actors and audience members alike.
for, I would receive patronising looks." says
changed the performance of Shakespeare all
Patrick. "Often people would say to me, ‘I
around the world.
suppose the Americans will love it’, and all I could say in response was that I hoped the
“The theatrical world, the Shakespeare world in particular, have seen now that
“It’s the sharing of space. It’s a one-house space. It is a crucible of energy. The scenes are not presented in spite of you; they are for you; they are directed at you. Even with the
THEATRE rest of the audience stood alongside you, you
like to perform?’ They’d look at you and
still feel like the action is for you,” says Patrick.
say: ‘well, if we can’t get anything else…’”
The Globe has influenced the style of
The Globe now works closely with all
architecture within some theatres in the
the leading drama schools, and there
country; going against the proscenium
is a real appetite in the graduates to
work at the theatre; and with another
“Even in theatres where you have the
actor Michelle Terry coming in as Artistic
proscenium arch with lights, and the
Director, following director Emma Rice,
audience are hidden from the actors in the
this is an exciting time to be a performer
dark, I’m increasingly seeing an attempt
at The Globe.
by the actor to engage directly with the
“I do feel The Globe is an actor’s theatre.
audience. There have been shows recently
What Dominic Dromgoole and Emma
that suddenly brought the lights up on the
Rice did here was phenomenal, but I’m
audience, so that the actor can see them.
very excited by Michelle. An actor works
It’s a nod to this incredible communication
with a company in a different way to how
between actor and audience, and even
a director does,” observes Patrick.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS GIVEN A TOUR OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE BY PATRICK SPOTTISWOODE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF SHAKESPEARE’S DEATH, 23 APRIL 2016. PHOTO: PETE LE MAY
But it’s not just in the art of Shakespeare
from our MA programme and PHDs, about
experience when you break that wall and
performance that the Globe is leading the
performance practice in The Globe, as well
share the space,” Patrick states.
way. After joining in 1984, Patrick worked to
as the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and
set up Globe Education in 1989.
what this is telling us about the plays of the
between audience and audience, which you
The Globe can boast two of the most truly unique performance spaces in the world. He adds “In my opinion, no one can replicate them.” The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse was opened four years ago, something that Wanamaker had always wanted. “He had said ‘if we are bringing people to The Globe, and we are introducing them to the theatre of Shakespeare’s time, it
“Education was at the heart of it. The Artistic Director and I are colleagues. The Globe is
period, are second to none.” The suspicion the scholars in the eighties
about education and performance, and it fits
and nineties felt towards The Globe is
together perfectly. It’s seamless.”
now a thing of the past, with a significant
The Globe does not educate for the box office. Following their annual audit, Globe Education can boast working with 138,000 individuals directly in workshops and courses. Patrick believes Shakespeare is an umbrella
stamp of approval coming from the World Shakespeare Congress in 2016. “The World Shakespeare Congress is a large jamboree conference where all leading Shakespeareans, from around the world,
would be remiss of us to imply that it was
that can adumbrate everyone. After all, no
gather together every five years. Having
only performed in outdoor spaces,”
one owns Shakespeare.
it here was a major endorsement for us,"
“This is not about Shakespeare being the
alter that we are all desperately trying to walk
“In 2016, we had the World Congress, a
with a capacity of 320 – but it is a stunning
up the aisle towards. He is the font. He is the
visit from President Barak Obama, and our
space. It’s lit by real candles, and is the ideal
beginning. We draw from him and work with
production of Hamlet returned from a two
venue for storytelling and Shakespeare’s
him to develop individuals, both children and
year tour. It was a huge year for us.”
lesser known work.
adults,” says Patrick.
The Playhouse is smaller in comparison –
What is possibly the most astounding about
And now actors are banging at the doors to
For Globe Education, learning doesn’t
how far The Globe has come since 1997, is
perform on these stages, but it was not always
begin or end in the classroom. They work
the fact that it has achieved all it has with no
so easy to find willing talent.
with children from three years old, through to
subsidies at all. They are able to offer 700
adults in their nineties, and there are currently
tickets at the price of £5, and have done
actor, Mark Rylance, now considered one of the
around 1200 undergraduates, as well as
since 1997, and their theatrical and scholarly
great British performers of his time. He will tell
reach is global.
"The Globe’s first Artistic Director was an
you himself that it was a struggle to find even newly budding actors to tread the boards. “It was wonderful beginning with Mark as Artistic Director - one of the greatest of
Wanamaker felt that everyone should meet
"That’s Sam – an extraordinary vision, and
Shakespeare, regardless of age, race, gender
resolve," Patrick concludes. It is the greatest
and socioeconomic standing.
sadness that he never got to see it. He’d
“It’s been a joy creating the MA program,
always be critical – you never got an A+ with
actors. When the acting community saw the
undergraduate courses, all the school
Sam – but I hope he’d be proud of everything
way he was engaging with the audience, and
programs, and doing a lot of events and
we are doing here. Although, he would say
the type of productions he was creating, they
productions for individuals and families in a
that we can always do better.”
sat up and took notice.
more informal setting," adds Patrick.
“In 1996, if you said to graduates, ‘I’m from The Globe. We open next year. Would you
“The books that are coming out of here, as well as the scholars we are producing,
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As the first flagship store to stock your brand, how important has your relationship with Selfridges been in getting you to where you are now? I’m so excited to be part of such an iconic and world renowned store such as Selfridges. I’m proud to be a truly British brand, and what better department store to reflect this? When we launched in Selfridges, I’ll never forget the queue of over 200 women waiting to get their hands on the Magic Cream. It was the fastestselling beauty product in Selfridges’ history, which was an absolute dream! What, for you, should women look for from beauty, makeup and skincare to make them feel beautiful, powerful, confident and sexy? Beauty is all about confidence! Skincare and makeup should enhance what you naturally have and really dial up your assets. Makeup is my secret power – it’s every woman’s secret power. Everyone looks better with makeup - even if it’s a very natural look and you can’t tell the person is wearing any. If you look good, you feel good! My brand is all about using only the very best formulas – I’ve handpicked all the ingredients in my products, and colour-coded the shades to complement skin tone, hair colour and eye colour. What are your hopes for the future of your brand? To continue to totally revolutionise and disrupt the beauty industry! And I couldn’t be more excited about what’s happening next at Charlotte Tilbury. We recently launched my fabulous cinematic Hollywood Collection. I’ve bottled all my red carpet makeup secrets from the past 25 years, so every woman can become their Hollywood dream self! The range includes ten liquid matte lipsticks, which give lips the illusion of being full and digitally-enhanced. I can only liken it to the most beautiful, filtered Instagram version of yourself, but in real life. My Contour Wands and Beauty Light Wand give you celebrity cheekbones, and the most flawless, cinematic, Hollywood highlight which looks as good in daylight as in HD. Then there’s the new Instant Eye Palette - I call it the LBD for eyes, as it takes you from day to desk, to date to disco. It works for every woman in every situation. It’s a gorgeous mix of smokey and golden tones, each control-pressed to only release a certain amount of formula on your brush from the first stroke. Wear at your desk in the day for sophisticated, professional looks, then amp it up for an evening of dancing.
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DEL IG HT S London-based travel and lifestyle blogger Nathan Rollinson pulls up a seat to sample Afternoon Tea in the famous Thames Foyer
he Thames Foyer at The Savoy is the perfect setting for
coriander bread; and tender classic Coronation chicken on
afternoon tea; a grand Edwardian space filled with
olive-jewelled bread, simply spectacular. As the seasons change,
classical Art Nouveau and impressive Corinthian gilt
there are always one or two additional flavours, so be sure to
columns. The glass-domed ceiling floods the room with natural light and an impressive gazebo houses the finest Steinways & Son
look out for them. The best part of the afternoon tea experience is the warm and
grand piano in an elegant winter garden setting. Each table comes
hearty scented scones served in white linen with a choice of
with a polished silver vase of red roses set against a pristine white
homemade lemon curd, traditional strawberry jam and clotted
linen tablecloth, bespoke Wedgwood crockery - exclusive to The
cream. To be honest, you can never have too many. If you’ve
Savoy - and traditional silverware.
opted for the traditional Afternoon Tea, your sweet tooth will
Start your experience with a glass of Champagne – a rich Louis
be truly satisfied with a limitless cake tray. The cakes also
Roederer Vintage 2009, or perhaps something grander like the
change to reflect the season, and the current festive menu has
Cristal 2009 with a long finish? Alternatively, how about a delicate
to be tasted to be believed. If you’re not the biggest cake fan,
pink champagne? When your waiter hands over the menu, it can
opt for the high tea instead, as the pastry course is replaced by
be overwhelming, but someone is always on hand to guide you
smoked salmon and poached egg on a crisp brioche disc with
through the vast range of speciality teas and help you choose the
crème fraîche, lemon and herbs.
perfect blend for you. All sorts are featured, from traditional English
With its blissfully relaxing ambience, spectacular hospitality,
Breakfast to the more exotic herbal and floral flavours, carefully
delightful music and overflowing bubbly, this is the kind of
handpicked from individual countries, including the traditional
experience you will always enjoy at The Savoy Thames Foyer,
Chinese Oolong blend – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s favourite.
in just the same way as Anna Russell, duchess of Bedford,
When it comes to sandwiches, you are truly spoilt for choice. A
who invented the afternoon tea back in the 19th century.
dainty finger sandwich, immaculately cut into a perfect rectangle
An afternoon tea to remember...
with an abundance of mouth-watering fillings. Soft basil bread with cucumber and minted cream cheese; Wiltshire (on the bone)
Keep up with Nathan on his blog,
ham with grainy mustard and apple chutney on fragrant carrot and
KASPAR’S HAS A PERSONALITY OF ITS OWN – RICH TEALS, HANGING SHARDS OF GLASS AND FISH-SCALED FLOOR TILES.
TASTE THE SEASON Hannah Patterson takes a seat at Kaspar’s at The Savoy to sample the delights of the new menu
lthough this is not my first visit to the
the restaurant from the Foyer. Kaspar’s has
hotel, I have never eaten at The Savoy.
a personality of its own – rich teals, hanging
This is my own fault – I never seem to get
shards of glass and fish-scaled floor tiles.
past the American Bar and their cocktail menu. My friend, who has accompanied me after not much convincing, has eaten here only once before after one too many drinks with author Damian Barr. “What did you order?” I ask. “Fish and chips,” he looks a little sheepish.
It is beautifully Art Deco and perfectly reminiscent of the 1920s. Although only midday, the restaurant is buzzing. Relaxed smiles can be seen at every table, and the atmosphere is natural and unconceited. No sooner have we sat down, a waiter
“Not an adventurous choice, I know, but it was
appears with menus in hand, and introduces
some of the best fish and chips I’ve ever had.”
us to the seasonal menu – a short, but varied
But today, we are after something specific – the new seasonal menu. Kaspar’s is tucked away on the Thames-side of
array of seafood, meat and vegetarian options. "Do you know about Kaspar?" My friend asks, nodding to a pretty illustration of a cat
the hotel, affording a stroll through the entrance
with a napkin tied round its neck on the front
lobby, past the imposing portrait of HRH Queen
of the menu.
Elizabeth II by Henry Ward, and into the light, bright and utterly impeccable Thames Foyer. "Can I take your coats?"
This is the moment when I fall in love with Kaspar’s – long before I taste the food, or drink the wine. The story is printed on the front of the menu, for
The hostess is all smiles and warmth when
every guest to read, and has become part of the
we reach the entrance to Kaspar’s – it is expert
tradition themselves. On any other day, I would
hospitality, without pretention – and we are
laugh off tales of superstition, but today is different.
swiftly shown to our table. We appear to be in another world when we enter
The South African diamond Magnate Woolf Joel died suddenly in 1898, not too long after
MEETCUISINE THE TEAM
“Our waiter returns.
holding a dinner for fourteen guests at The Savoy. Last minute, the fourteenth guest cancelled leaving a table of thirteen. With
He recommends the pan
roasted scallops to start,
left, another appears with the
superstition being rife at the time,
served with beetroot
one guest declared death would befall the first person to leave the table. Woolf Joel was first to
broccoli, cockles and anise-
risotto, hippo tops and
leave, and weeks later was killed
in Johannesburg. In an effort to not repeat such an ill-fate, an additional guest was provided for any table of thirteen – Kaspar the cat, sculpted into life in 1926
No sooner has the waiter bottle of wine we ordered. Being in our early thirties, and having developed a taste for wine during the noughties, we have a shared liking for bottles that grew significantly
in popularity at the time. In this case, it is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The Astrolabe ‘Province’ Sauvignon Blanc is a
by architect Basil Ionides, who joins guests with his
medium bodied wine from the Marlborough region,
own place setting and a napkin round his neck.
and our server is kind enough to tell us a little bit
"Are you ready to order?" Our waiter returns. He recommends the pan
about the bottle before I am offered a taste. The wine is made from grapes grown across
roasted scallops to start, served with beetroot
three Marlborough sub-regions — the Wairau
risotto, hippo tops and citrus gremolata.
Valley, the Awatere Valley and the Kekerengu
Unlike my friend, I am of the personal opinion
Coast, where they are harvested during the
that you can have too much seafood in one sitting,
cooler parts of the day in order to preserve the
so I let him order the recommended starter – we
intensity of the flavour.
never order the same - whilst I opt for the duck
It is a beautifully complex wine and elegantly
pastrami with date jam, apricot and walnut. It’s all
balanced, and goes down wonderfully with the
decided under the agreement that I get first choice
scallops in particular, as it would any seafood.
on the mains – crayfish ‘carbonara’ linguini with bacon and cured egg yolk. "Excellent choice!" The waiter declares once I order, and looks just as enthused when my friend requests the pan seared halibut with charred
My friend barely says a word as he tucks into his starter – I’m far less interesting than the scallops, after all – until he’s eaten enough to take a break. "It always amazes me just how soft quality scallops are. There’s soft, there’s melt-in-your mouth, and
then there’s this." He says, slicing into another. I’m just as enamoured with my own first course.
for fear of it being overcooked – which can be easily done – and become dry. But he needn’t have
The dish is so fragrant that I can taste it without
worried, for the fish flakes apart under the slightest
lifting a fork – the tang of the meat softened by
pressure from his knife, with the natural flavours
date, peach and walnut. It’s a unique palette of
enhanced by the citrus.
flavour with mixed textures that make for a light but satisfying entrée. The wine, which is being topped up by our attentive waiter,
Once we finish, our waiter reappears with the menus. My friend says yes without delay, but I’m pleasantly full, although I take a menu to be polite. But my heart
perhaps was better suited to
overrules my head. In less time
my friend’s starter than my
than it takes a minute to pass,
own, but the lightness of the
both of us settle on a third course;
dish forgives drinking a fruity white with red meat. I am a little full already after the first course. My friend shakes his head in dismay and declares that a restaurant like this is wasted on an appetite like mine. But I am resolved. Like anyone who is eagerly anticipating a visit to a restaurant, I had looked at the menu beforehand. The crayfish linguine
salted caramel featuring vanilla foam, caramelised puff pastry and crystalised pecans for myself; Sao Palme 75% Molten Torte for him. These are desserts as they are meant to be done – perfect portion sizes, presented in a way that makes you feel guilty eating it, and sweet without being sickly. Both our orders are light and frothy. The puff
has been on my mind since then, and I plan to let
pastry is crisp enough to compliment the fluffy
nothing dampen my enjoyment.
vanilla foam, but not tough enough for you to
It does not disappoint. A mountain of thin
have to wrestle it with your spoon, and it is over all
linguine on a bed of cured egg is placed in front of
too quickly. No matter how much you eat at lunch
me, sprinkled with bright pink crayfish and perfectly
or dinner, there appears to always be room for
crisp bacon. It is an elegant twist, on an old
favourite. The crayfish has absorbed every flavour and it is an utter joy to eat. The waiter was right to recommend it, and I’m
“So,” my friend asks, after our plates have been cleared for the final time, “what did you think?” I do not manage an answer – I’m far too busy
feeling a little smug as my friend eyes it up – until
concocting a plan for how I can get to Kaspar’s
every single day.
The pan-seared halibut is a work of art. It is exquisitely presented, laid amongst the cockles and charred broccoli. He has always been weary of ordering halibut,
For more information, and to peruse the menu, visit www.kaspars.co.uk
PLEASE RAISE YOUR GLASSES When it comes to planning your wedding, Corney & Barrow have just the tipples for making it perfect
eddings - an eye wateringly expensive,
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Unless your guests are an assortment of
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Assuming you’ve ticked off the big
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Don’t write off the ‘house’ option.
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Whether you’re a wine expert or simply an enthusiast, choosing what to serve can be a relatively simple affair as long as you follow the unwritten rules.
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There are five important considerations to take into account when it comes to sourcing that perfect offering:
People will drink what they want, when they want Sometimes the ideal pairing for a particular dish you’re serving
isn’t the perfect wine for your wedding. Yes, it may get you
It’s an obvious thing to say, but not everyone has the same taste.
plaudits from your oenophile friends, but many people just want
Whilst it’s always dangerous to generalise, people who developed
to drink what they like, whatever the time of day – and some
their taste for wine between the 1970s and 1990s tend to enjoy
wines really do need food to sing. You don’t want to serve Uncle
a more ‘classical’ style, as this is reflective of what was popular at
John, who only drinks red wine, a super tannic red at 1pm.
the time. This means leaner structures, lower alcohols and a more
The ideal wine is one that both matches your food and is easy
savoury flavour profile. Younger generations have grown up on
drinking enough to consume without.
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Screwcap versus cork
winemaking. Let the demographics of your guest list guide your
This isn’t a rule as such, just something to consider. If you’ve got
choice, or make a statement by showing your favourites - after all, it
a big wedding with lots of guests and anticipate going through
is your big day.
wine quickly, it might be worth considering the merits of the screw cap versus pulling dozens of corks. Screw caps are also
Time of year
an easier way for guests to transport any leftovers home at the
Serving big, heavy wines, no matter the quality, in the height of
end of the night.
summer will make people very drowsy after they’ve had a good feed and a few glasses, so save these for winter weddings. Aim for
Need some inspiration? Here are some suggestions from our
seasonal, just as you would when choosing the food.
wine experts at Corney & Barrow.
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Corney & Barrow Blanc 2015
Predominantly Sangiovese with a dash of Primitivo
Our Own Label Gascony white is the ultimate in value
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and quality and will seriously challenge perceptions of
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‘house’. A refreshing, zingy blend of Colombard and
and a balsamic note on the finish. Perfect for a range
Ugni Blanc, this is a great aperitif but will match well
of dishes from charcuterie, tomato pasta dishes,
to lighter fish dishes and salads.
grilled vegetables and roast pork. Fiano Masseria Bianca 2016 Domaine de Saissac Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Fiano is indigenous to Italy and produces aromatic and
From the sun-kissed vineyards of the Languedoc,
fruity wines that often have tropical notes – perfect for
this Cabernet is the ultimate partner to grilled or
summer! It’s one of the most versatile food wines,
barbequed red meats. Juicy and concentrated but with
easily pairing with seafood, soft cheeses and lighter
a deft touch, it has the happy coincidence of being
white meat dishes.
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A great example of a popular grape variety, this comes
Our Own Label Reserve Claret should satisfy
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the table) but equally has a nice rounded texture and
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Eradus Pinot Noir 2016
Mâcon-Chaintre Domaine Dominique Cornin 2016
From New Zealand based Eradus Wines, this combines
This certified organic domaine in the south of Burgundy
earthy notes with dark, perfumed fruit and flowers.
is a great option if you’re looking for a classical style of
With a silky texture and ripe fruit notes, it’s a great
white to go with your wedding. It’s ripe, fresh and so
accompaniment to duck, or game dishes with a fruity
great on its own, as well as a great accompaniment to
sauce, and Pinot Noir tends to go well with white
poultry dishes. Worth paying the extra if your guests
meats and vegetarian dishes too.
are an appreciative bunch.
Corney & Barrow have been supplying wines to happy couples for over 200 years. They offer free tastings ahead of the event, alternative gift lists, drinks calculators and more. Visit www.corneyandbarrow.com/weddings for the full service.
inspiration Paradise can be found right here on earth, and it is closer than you think, as Adam Jacot de Boinod discovers when he travels to Mauritius…
t is not hard to see why the American writer Mark Twain
stunning, and the calm waters of the lagoon had a peaceful
wrote “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and
vibe. The trees included the glorious and quirky banyans, as
that heaven was copied after Mauritius”. The island is often
well as the expansive ‘travellers’ palms’ - so called from the
talked about in the same breath as the Seychelles and the
theory that if one broke its stem then there was water inside for
Maldives. However, the largest of the three Mascarene Islands - the other two being Rodrigues and Reunion - is the one they call the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”.
the traveller. Descending to the south-western tip of the island, beneath the famous Le Morne promontory, there was a really special
It’s just such a beautiful island.
position from which to enjoy the blue from the sea against the
As Mauritius is such a fertile island with everything seemingly
setting of the sun and its changing palette of gold, pink and
growing at will, I felt it was a must to experience the local
orange. It’s along this beach that the leaves sough and the
markets. Housed under a vast vaulted roof was the massive
water laps. Unfortunately, the waves were too agitated for me
fruit and vegetable market at Flacq; bursting with fresh
to go and swim alongside the dolphins.
produce, bustling crowds and haggling vendors. After the
But it is not simply the scenery that makes Mauritius so unique
previous gentle days, I took the frantic nature of the market
– the culture is a rich one. Throughout the island, I found
in my stride by adorning myself with a wonderful garland of
myself impressed by the approach to religion. Half of the
bright orange marigolds.
residents here are Hindi, whilst the other half are principally
Elsewhere, across the island, I saw rows of pineapple and mango trees, lychee fields, and coffee plants. The scenery was
Christian and Muslim. Each Hindi house is visible from the road with the display of two red flags for purity, and a small
â€œElsewhere, across the island, I saw rows of pineapple and mango trees, lychee fields, and coffee plants. The scenery was stunning, and the calm waters of the lagoon had a peaceful vibeâ€?
“Mauritius was made ﬁrst, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius” shrine. There is a diverse range of religious buildings on display
It’s stunningly rich in vegetation, and from a high viewpoint I
across the island. Interestingly, Tamil temples are very colourful,
looked far beneath to see the gorge amid miles of dense, green
with all their Gods depicted on the exterior, whilst the Hindi
forest. My mind drifted to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and “Alph, the
temples portray their Gods discretely within, with only a red and
sacred river, ran. Through caverns measureless to man”.
white plain exterior.
Mark Twain was right, Mauritius was copied by heaven.
Whilst down in the south, it is a must to pop in to see the Grand Bassin, or Ganga Talao. It’s a lake that sits in isolated mountains, and is the destination of a pilgrimage in February for more than 400,000 Hindus. It is so refreshing that there is no religious discord. They live in peace, and rest in peace, as even their dead are all buried together in the same cemetery regardless of faith. There are also echoes of the days of slavery, visibly woven through the island’s culture. Slavery was the birth of the island’s
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evident form of local Creole culture. In the form of a song
Adam Jacot de Boinod worked on the first series of QI the
and dance, it was once a slave’s rallying call, but it has now evolved to incorporate a tambourine, a shaker and a triangle. Nowadays, the real rhythm of Sega has been lost, but it remains nonetheless the popular Mauritian dance form.
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Back inland, I visited the Black River Gorges National Park.
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CASTLE LOUDEAC IN RENNES, BRITTANY Priced at 1.155million EUR
If tranquillity and the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of life appeals, then this beautiful castle in central Brittany could be your dream sanctuary. Surrounded by greenery, this stunning property is in excellent condition, and boasts three reception rooms with parquet floors, fireplaces and wooden panelling, 10 bedrooms and several bath/shower rooms. For those looking to enjoy leisure facilities, the castle comes complete with games room, fitness room, sauna and an adjacent heated and covered pool. A variety of outbuildings can also be found within the grounds, including a building with office, meeting room, wine cellar, and caretaker’s lodge with three bedrooms to refresh, a renovated orangery and a shelter for several cars. The castle is protected by its 37 acres, with a forest, two lakes and landscaped park designed by Erwan Tymen, and really is an oasis waiting to be discovered. +33 (0) 297 35 00 10 sothebysrealty.com
CRAIGCROOK CASTLE IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND Priced at £6million
Craigcrook Castle is a Grade B Listed property set only three miles from the city centre of Edinburgh. Built originally by William Adamson in 1542, it was transferred through a number of owners before John Strachan, Writer to the Signet acquired the castle and left it to Craigcrook Mortification Trust in 1719. During its time the castle has played host to a number of famous visitors. The castle is set over three storeys and includes a stunning round tower that offers views of Costorphine Hill, Blackhall and The Firth of Forth. With six bedrooms and three bathrooms, this spacious property also contains a gatehouse, and stables with a two storey building which lends itself to conversion. The castle is set within extensive grounds of more than four acres with landscaped gardens, a small area of mature woodland and the original walled garden. It is a real hidden gem close to one of the UK’s most exceptional cities. +44 (0) 1932 860 537 sothebysrealty.com
BRENTWOOD MANOR IN CONNECTICUT, USA Priced at $8.5million USD
Park-like tranquillity sets the stage for this majestic Old World stone castle style dwellings amidst more than 12 acres of rolling countryside. Painstakingly renovated, this six-bedroomed richly detailed residence exudes warm magnificence with eight fireplaces, marquetry floors, sumptuous marble and elegant chandeliers. At the heart of the house, the baronial cathedralceiling style great room is anchored by monumental fireplaces on both sides and opens through beveled-glass French doors to an immense sunset terrace.
Malachite-hued lacquered panelling adorns the opulent library, while the beautiful family room adjoins the sleek Snaidero gourmet kitchen. Capturing lush long views, an expansive upstairs wing is devoted to the romantic master suite with marble double bath, customised dressing areas and turret room. To the lower level youâ€™ll discover a spacious seven-car garage, wine cellar and staff quarters. This spectacular country domain is further enhanced by a heated pool and tennis court. +1 203 618 3165 sothebysrealty.com
TOURER The DB11 is now available with an AMG-sourced V8. Simon Davis heads to Spain to put the eye-catching GT through its paces WHAT IS IT?
To dismiss the DB11 V8 as an entry-level
The clue is in the name. The most important
WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET?
version of Aston Martin’s latest grand tourer
change with the DB11 V8 is, well, the V8.
Although the DB11’s V8 engine may have
wouldn’t be entirely fair. Sure, with a retail price
Aston Martin got its hands on the AMG-
been sourced from Mercedes’ slightly mad
of £144,900 it’s £13,000 cheaper than its
sourced unit thanks to its working relationship
in-house tuners AMG, it hasn’t just been
V12-powered stablemate, but according to
with the Daimler Group. But more on this
dropped into the British grand tourer as is.
Aston this is an entirely different beast.
phenomenal engine later.
Aston Martin has fitted its own air
Aside from that new engine, the changes
intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication
for crossing continents in supreme comfort at a
you get with the DB11 V8 are rather subtle.
systems, and has worked to “Astonise” the
significant rate of knots, Aston Martin claims the
Aesthetically, its darker headlamp
V8 model is the one to go for if you’re a keen
bezels, different vents in the bonnet,
driver. Yes, it’s about 100bhp down on the V12,
and darker tail lights are the main
twin-turbocharged V8 that develops 503bhp
but the lack of those four extra cylinders right
alterations the more eagle-eyed will
and 675Nm of torque. This allows the DB11
over the front of the car mean the V8 is 115kg
pick out. These changes have been
to complete the benchmark sprint from
lighter, and it also means this particular Aston
introduced to give the DB11 V8 a slightly
0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds, while its top
Martin has a weight distribution of 49:51 as
more sporting and athletic image than
speed sits at 187mph. For perspective, the
opposed to its big brother’s 51:49.
the V12 model.
V12 DB11 will complete the same sprint in
While the full-fat DB11 V12 was designed
The result of this tinkering is a 4.0-litre,
“If there’s one thing an Aston Martin has to be, it’s beautiful, and the DB11 is certainly a stunning thing to look at” 01 \
FACTS AT A GLANCE MODEL: Aston Martin DB11 V8
MAX SPEED: 187mph
PRICE AS TESTED: £144,900
0-60MPH: 3.8 seconds
ENGINE: 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8
3.7 seconds, so the V8 won’t exactly be left for dead by its more expensive stablemate.
WHAT’S IT LIKE INSIDE? Anyone who has spent time in a Mercedes will no
While this likely won’t be a huge concern for
doubt be met with a sense of déjà vu, due to the
Aston Martin owners, the DB11 V8 trumps the
infotainment system being lifted straight from the
V12 model as far as fuel economy and CO2
German manufacturer’s model line-up (another
emissions are concerned. Where the V12
fruit of Aston and Daimler’s relationship).
manages 24.8mpg on the combined cycle, the V8
Past that, though, the DB11 is all Aston Martin.
will do 28.5mpg. CO2 emissions for the V8 stand
There’s leather all over the place, which has
at 230g/km, while the V12 rises to 265g/km.
been sourced from cows raised in fields that
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
aren’t fenced in with barbed wire. According to Aston Martin, this helps to ensure the leather is
In a word, the DB11 V8 is sublime. Aston Martin
of the highest quality. One thing’s for sure: the
has built a thoroughly accomplished GT car that’s
DB11’s cabin is a great place to spend time.
not only devastatingly quick in a straight line, but seriously impressive through the twisty stuff as well. The steering is precise and has a healthy
WHAT’S THE SPEC LIKE? The DB11 V8 bears a recommended retail price
weight to it, allowing you to point the car’s nose
of £144,900, so it’s certainly not cheap. That
into a bend safe in the knowledge that it won’t
said, it is intended to be an exclusive, luxurious
suddenly wash out. Aston has also worked a
GT car, so an affordable price tag was never
trick with the DB11’s damping. The set-up is
going to be on the table.
soft enough to allow the car to ride comfortably
As far as equipment goes, there’s a full leather
over imperfections in the surface of the road,
interior, an infotainment system with 12-inch
but firm enough to minimise body roll through
LCD display, satellite navigation and 360-degree
parking camera, to name but a few features. And
Out on the motorway, the DB11 really
if you think you’ll tire of listening to the car’s V8
comes into its element. It simply eats the
soundtrack, you can also order your DB11 with a
miles up, and is an incredibly comfortable
premium Bang & Olufsen audio system.
car to cover great distances in. The V8 engine has power on tap, and even in seventh gear it pulls astonishingly well.
HOW DOES IT LOOK?
VERDICT: Although the DB11 V8 may be down four cylinders compared with the range-topping V12, by no means should you think that it’s
If there’s one thing an Aston Martin has to
in any form a lesser car. Like the DB11 V12, it’s
be, it’s beautiful, and the DB11 is certainly a
a marvellous cross-continental grand tourer, but
stunning thing to look at. Where its sister car,
thanks to its new lightweight engine, the DB11
the Vanquish, is far more aggressive in its
V8 is now more agile than ever. For those who
appearance, the DB11 is a much more elegant
value outright dynamic ability over challenging
and classy GT.
roads, this might just be the car to go for.
WINTER WARMERS London may be frosty, but luckily there are plenty of hot spots for a cup of something tasty to fend off the chills Melba at The Savoy
Located on the Strand, this gourmet coffee and take-away counter is serving up a real treat with its delectable signature hot chocolates throughout the colder months. They are sure to lift the spirits with a wide selection of toppings including crushed macaroons, caramalised nuts, popping candy, and cookie dough. With a truly personalised, not to mention indulgent, drink in your hands, who cares about the weather? The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London
Pennethorne’s at Somerset House
One of the first things that pops into one's head when thinking of winter in London is the skating rink at Somerset House. After carving up the ice in this iconic setting, why not settle down for a warm drink at Pennethorne’s. Named after architect Sir James Pennethorne, and inspired by his journey across Europe in the 19th century, this haunt is a unique locale to enjoy a mulled gin – wine is so last year, after all. Somerset House, London
Covent Garden Grind
Having only opened in early 2016, it is all the more impressive that this coffee shop has established itself as a favourite amongst both locals and visitors. Only a stone’s throw away from the famous markets, this neon gem is an ideal break from all that hectic shopping. With some deliciously spiced mulled wine making a seasonal appearance, this is a must visit for any festive shoppers. 42 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London
Another Covent Garden favourite, this diamond of a bakery boasts all the Scandavian charm you would expect. Step out of the cold, and away from the busy streets, for a warm cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. They are known for their dark rye bread and cinnamon buns, so make sure there’s room for them, too. 55 Neal Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London
SOHO Coffee Co.
Enjoy a hot drink, without the guilt. Proud of their sense of social responsibility, you can drink up one of their coffees safe in the knowledge that it is all Fair Trade. Although, don’t shy away from their festive hot chocolates – the mince pie option is a particular favourite. With two convenient locations along the Strand, a short stroll from The Savoy, there really is no excuse to miss out. 140 Strand, London WC2R 1QA 215 Strand, London WC2R 1AP
HOT CHOCOLATE, MELBA AT THE SAVOY
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