Tim Theofanou, Head Concierge at The Cafe Royal Hotel in London has compiled, exclusively, for CPP-LUXURY.COM his picks for the trending hotspots of London.
By Appointment Only Design –set up a stall out the front of London’s favourite independent fashion store ‘Browns’ South Molton Street for 48 hours only over Valentine’s Day. Their bouquets were inspired by this season’s catwalk styles including Missoni’s oranges and reds, Stella McCartney’s floral prints, Valentino’s pretty patterns, Erdem’s Lilac and Grey and Dolce and Gabbana’s foliage prints. (See attached brochure)
Mayfair’s destination street for luxury is now Mount Street, with food, fashion, lifestyle and leisure all catered for. The buzz words in food are organic, locally sourced and sustainable and in this respect, Mount Street Deli is well and truly on trend with their all day eat-in and take out menu, yet another success for Caprice Holdings and Richard Caring.
Both Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs labels have separate stores on Mount Street. Britain’s answer to Christian Louboutin (also a Mount Street resident) Nicholas Kirkwood has his flagship space on Mount Street.
Hostem – Located on Shoreditch’s increasingly fabulous Redchurch Street, Hostem caters for the fashion literate gentleman in a naturally relaxing and calm environment. Labels include Rick Owens, The Soloist, Label Under Construction, Ann Demeuelemeester, De Rein and Geoffery B Small.
WiIliam Vintage – William Banks-Blaney shares his wonderful collection (by appointment only) of vintage and vintage haute couture in his Marylebone store.
Atelier Meyer – sourcing one off, outstanding pieces from around the world Atelier Meyer’s show room in the Connaught Village is a museum of vintage and vintage couture.
Opera Gallery and Houser & Wirth continue to dominate the modern Art scene in Mayfair but it is the emergence of Eastcastle Street as a destination gallery street which has surprised many. Alison Jacques, Getty Images, Pillar Corrias, Regina Gallery, Scream, Stuart Shave and Libby Sellers round off the impressive collection.
Coya is the latest (and best) example of the Peruvian/South American trend in London. Food is prepared at the Ceviche Bar, Central Kitchen and Open Charcoal Grill – three open kitchens, making the chefs very much part of the lively atmosphere.
Roganic is a two year pop-up restaurant featuring all that is best about British natural, seasonal and organic produce.
Daylesford Organic now has 3 London shops, Notting Hill, Pimlico and most recently the Selfridges Food Hall. Selling a range of organic produce alongside their very own Bamford Body products.
The latest offering from the Hakkasan Group comes in the form of a bespoke Cantones dining experience on Worship Street in the City of London. The fine dining experience offers an ever evolving set dining menu for lunch and dinner from Michelin Starred chef Tong Chee Hwee, an 11 year Hakkasan veteran and the Head Chef of Hakkasan’s original restaurant on Hanway Place.
“Without Soy Sauce” is the motto of Yashin, London’s most experimental sushi restaurant, with flavours which include foie gras, black truffle amongst an array of toppings and sauces, some of which are blow-torched before serving. Yashin will soon open their second London restaurant in Chelsea.
Little Social and Social Eating House
Following the huge success (including the best full English breakfast in town) of Pollen Street Social, the small tasting dish expert Jason Atherton – the original Head Chef of Gordon Ramsey’s Maze) is set to open two more restaurants this year. These will both be more accessible than Pollen Street Social and will be located on Pollen and Poland Streets.
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction
The pedigree is certainly impressive for the re-launch of the restaurant in the Halkin Hotel. Elena Arzak and her father Juan Mari Arzak have teamed up with Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez, the team will bring their unique and exciting new Basque cuisine to London. Local designers Ab Rogers Design have transformed the zero ambience space that was Nahm into a bright yet elegant space which takes inspiration from the original Arzak in San Sebastian which holds three Michelin Stars.
Steak restaurants in London just continue to open… Most recently Hawksmoor opened their 4th restaurant and Copenhagen’s MASH opened in the huge basement space that was once Titanic. The American group chas opened its first UK restaurant in the new ME hotel, 34 also featuring game and other organic meats is now a Mayfair favourite thanks again to Caprice Holdings, CUT brought Wolfgang Puck to London, Goodman’s two restaurants are still incredibly busy, there are now 12 Gaucho restaurants in London and Chelsea favourite Sophie’s opened a second restaurant in Covent Garden. Belgravia also has the only London outpost of the American group The Palm where trademark large portions are the order of the day.
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