What’s New in London – October 2012
“I lived in London for 10 years, started my first company there, transitioned to my second business (and current), made some of my closest friends for life, traveled all over the place all of the time... I always enjoyed returning from those trips, back to my cosy Cadogan Gardens pad. Now, when I return for work and pleasure, I stay at a hotel and have quite a different non-resident experience - it is such fun! So, After the 106th email we received in the last two months from our subscribers asking this, that and the other about my favorites in London, I decided to put out this little ‘New & Noteworthy’ bulletin, and give you the inside scoop on where I feel is my home-away-from-home in this fabulous city.”
Frankly, I can’t get enough of the Maybourne Hotel Group in London. At the top of my city favorites list worldwide, their three hotels are truly the best in London – unbeatable locations, impeccable service, and fabulously chic interiors. AND: they are constantly creating and curating themed events and special treats to make one’s stay more memorable and ‘local’.
I typically stay at The Connaught, so I informally interviewed Nathalie Seiler Hayez, General Manager over breakfast for her inside scoop on the fun developments at each of the Maybourne Hotels.
In the following tabs discover things to know about and book at each of their wonderful hotels. For any specific reservations contact the Head Concierge of The Maybourne Group: Corrado Bogni at email@example.com.
Saturday Brunch at Hélène Darroze
An exceptional brunch for the ultimate foodie, the menu is inspired by ingredients of the region and seasonal flavors. Expect a serious feast featuring all your traditional brunch favorites with an inventive twist: Eggs Benedict with cod, ham soldiers and black truffle from Périgord? Yes, please!
The Sommelier’s Table Seasonal Lunch
A series of seasonally inspired lunch menus served to 6-8 guests at the distinguished Sommelier’s Table, overlooking the hotel’s coveted wine cellar.
September: Wines from the South-West of France around cassoulet with duck from les Landes and Basque “Pie Noir” pork.
October: Wines from the New World and signatures dishes around spices.
November: Wines from Italy and dishes with the flavor of white truffle from Alba.
December: Champagnes from small properties and dishes around foie gras from les Landes.
John Lobb Shoeshine Service
The John Lobb Shoeshine chair has arrived at The Connaught along with specially trained butlers to make sure you get the proper polish. Priced at £30 per session, you’ll get an expert shine, a drink of your choice, and a bevy of reading material. Reservations can be made via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gift vouchers also available.
Couture Connaught Cakes
We recently launched exquisitely delicious couture cakes, by chef patissier Kirk Whittle. Enjoy with your afternoon tea in Espellete, the hotel’s brasserie-style restaurant.
New Linley Suites
Exceptional suites are newly restored by Linley, British design company. Available in both one-bedroom and two, each suite boasts an entrance hall, sitting room, marble bathroom, walk-in closet, and butler service. Choose from Art-Deco or Traditional Style interiors when booking your stay.
David Downton: Fashion Artist in Residence
We recently appointed fashion illustrator David Downton as its first ever artist-in-residence. Quite fitting for a hotel that has become famous for its Art-Deco luxury and fashion-worthy visitors. Commissioned to draw Claridge’s most stylish guests, Downton’s illustrations will be displayed in an atelier in the hotel for all to view.
Great Gatsby Weekends at Claridge’s
Just debuted! the celebratory “Great Gatsby Weekends” this Fall – complete with flappers, plenty of bubbly, and Charleston Master Classes for those who need to brush up on their dance moves.
Monthly Art Deco Tours
Take advantage of the hotel’s incredible Art-Deco experts with an hour of sightseeing around Claridge’s, capped off with afternoon tea in The Foyer. Monthly tours are open to guests and non-guests.
New Balcony King Rooms
Freshly designed by Robert Angell, the spacious balcony kings are the hotel’s latest “it” factor. Each room features a south-facing private balcony (complete with bespoke birdcage) over the rooftops of Knightsbridge, giving guests a prime view of the London skyline. Interiors feature luxurious fabrics and furnishings in soft tones of grey and ochre.
Secret Garden at Berkeley Spa
Barely a year old, the Secret Garden at The Berkeley Spa is the quintessential English retreat. Located on the hotel’s sun terrace, it’s the perfect place for soaking up some sun, reading a book, or enjoying an afternoon picnic of strawberries and cream.
Must-try restaurants – each new-ish to the City of Light. Here are my & trusted friends recommendations to try for your London feasts and fetes:
La Bodega Negra
New Mexican eatery in Soho featuring a restaurant and bar, roadside taqueria, and all-day Mexican café. Super fun and hip, young and casual. Great for a Saturday night with friends.
Hot Soho restaurant serving up modern British cuisine with flare. We recommend going for drinks downstairs – super cool bar scene with deliciously creative cocktails.
Little House Mayfair
Newest of the Soho House/Le Caprice Holdings Group, this club is wonderfully charming with an approach-ably hip atmosphere and great food. NB: Members only.
Brand new and just off Piccadilly Circus, this is a real Parisian Brasserie at very good value prices – bustling energy and fantastic food!
Another Mark Hix favorite in East End built into a tram depot. It’s all about steak or roasted chicken here. Make sure to take note of the Damien Hirst artwork around the space.
Raymond Blanc’s new informal eatery in Covent Garden. Sure to be a hit - everything Raymond touches turns to gold!
Hakassan in Mayfair
Right on par with the original Soho location! Great looking space, stylish crowd, and top notch Asian fusion cuisine. Go with time to enjoy a drink at the bar before your meal.
Again, the new-ish to add to your list!
Burberry’s Hi-Tech New Superstore
Just in time for fall Fashion Week, British brand Burberry has given its flagship on New Regent Street a major upgrade. Designed to mirror the brand’s website, the store has been digitally enhanced beyond recognition, imagine 500 speakers, 100 screens, virtual rain showers, mirrors that turn into runways, and much more.
Opening Ceremony Pop-up
Opening Ceremony’s first London location has opened a pop-up store in Covent Garden, complete with Olympics inspired apparel made exclusively for the store. Open through October, OC has plans to open a permanent store down the street this fall.
Literature and the Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre
This season the Southbank Centre is hosting a series of literary events including poetry readings, talks on new books, and the launch of J.K. Rowling’s adult novel. Tickets available at www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Peter Doig Exhibition in Mayfair
Renowned German gallery owner, Michael Werner, is opening a new London space on Upper Brook Street this month. New paintings by artist Peter Doig will be exhibited through the end of the year.
Wagner’s Ring Cycle Operas
The Royal Opera House will be putting on Wagner’s Ring Cycle – a series of four mythological epic operas this season. For more information visit www.roh.org.uk/about/the-ring.