Actor Kiefer Sutherland (47) has had his fair share of failed relationships, but was recently spotted in London’s Mayfair with a mystery woman. The twice-divorced actor was seen leaving Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair with the woman on 19th February. Both Kiefer and his companion looked happy and relaxed, but whether or not they are a couple remains a mystery, as does the identity of the actor’s glamorous young companion.
Kiefer cut a dashing figure as ever in his suit and smart black overcoat, whilst his dinner companion was also smartly dressed in stylish black leather trousers, a pashmina and caramel coloured mac. The pair met up with Damien Hirst and Matt Bellamy once inside the restaurant. Who knows what the topic of conversation for the evening was, but with all three men having glittering careers, there was surely plenty for them to talk about!
Having starred in films throughout the 80s and 90s, Kiefer is in London filming the new series of his TV show, 24. The actor recently appeared on the Jonathon Ross show and revealed he has not watched any of his own work for the last 30 years, after being disappointed by his own performance in the film, ‘Stand By Me’ in 1986. We think he’s being far too hard on himself!
They say men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses – the women in question obviously didn’t shop for their eyewear in Mayfair! From the latest designer spectacles to handmade vintage eyeglasses, a trip to Mayfair is the perfect time to shop for gorgeous new glasses that are sure to get you noticed.
Mr Emil Bruno Meyrowitz, an optical pioneer who opened practices across the globe in London, NY and Paris, gave his name to the shop which for more than 100 years has designed its own unique range of optical products for a discerning international clientele.
E.B. Meyrowitz offers a bespoke service where you can have made-to-measure spectacles designed to fit from a variety of rare, high-quality materials including the finest acetate and buffalo horn. Whether your style is geek-chic or something more subtle, you can have it made to order here.
Now located at 6 The Royal Arcade, after moving from their former premises on Bond Street, this Mayfair institution is the perfect place to come if you’re looking for a uniquely designed pair of glasses to express your personality.
You may pay a little more for the privilege, but we guarantee there will be no shortage of passes for those wearing a pair of glasses from E.B. Meyrowitz!
Considering a theatre break in London? Then why not stay in upmarket Mayfair; it’s the perfect location for a little luxury in the heart of the city. Some of London’s finest hotels are located here – check out just a couple of our favourites below.
The Washington Mayfair Hotel
This 4 star hotel has a rich history dating back to 1913, and its art deco design ensures it stands out from the crowd. It’s easy to fall in love here, whether you book the deluxe George Washington Suite with its glass-walled dining/meeting room or a superior room with contemporary dark wood furniture. With Madison’s Restaurant and Bar offering all day dining and room service on offer, you may never want to leave! The intimate restaurant is well worth a visit, serving specialities such as tempting lemongrass and ginger prawns, pan seared guinea fowl and decadent chocolate torte. Delicious!
This boutique hotel effortlessly combines Georgian elegance with contemporary style, and each room is individually designed. For the ultimate break, why not book a luxury apartment? The Grill restaurant is a glamorous space that’s definitely worthy of its AA Rosette winning status, serving seasonal and set menus for lunch and dinner. Special events such as the ‘Cocktails and Canapés’ event or ‘Martini Soiree’ can be booked in advance and are a great way to surprise someone special!
The British supermodel Kate Moss turned down the offer of celebrating on Richard Branson’s private island in favour of an intimate birthday bash in London with husband Jamie Hince and friends. Her 12-hour celebration began with lunch for around 30 guests at 34 Restaurant in Mayfair, with Kate’s line-up of celebrity friends including Stella McCartney, Nick Grimshaw and Sadie Frost.
Kate worked her signature casual yet cool style in a little black dress teamed with leopard print fur coat and heels, accessorising with a baby pink clutch. Moving on to the China Tang at Mayfair’s Dorchester Hotel, the party then took over the private dining area for a spot of karaoke, with rowdy renditions of INXS and The Rolling Stones drawing complaints from other guests trying to enjoy a quiet, sophisticated meal.
Enjoying 40 bottles of Taittinger champagne at around £130 a pop, it’s probably just as well Kate is friends with the restaurant owner Sir David Tang. Supermodel Naomi Campbell, one of Kate’s best friends, turned up fashionably late, arriving three hours after the start of the meal and missing the cutting of Kate’s 40th birthday cake, a simple iced Victoria sponge with ‘Happy 40th Kate’ on top. With the party finishing around 1.30am, it seems like a pretty relaxed birthday for Kate, although the party may well have carried on at home.
If you’re dreaming of a mahogany desk in an elegant Georgian office, with views over a perfectly manicured lawn, then office space specialists such as Carter Jonas LLP can help you find the perfect pad in Mayfair!
Here are three fine reasons why basing your business in Mayfair is a great idea:
1. Indulge in a long lunch
Mayfair has no shortage of fabulous eateries, so whether you’re looking to impress clients with fine dining, catch up on work at a café or enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends, you’ll find it here. Try Toast coffee shop for a selection of tempting lunch specialities.
2. Reduce your commute
If you already live in the west end, stop lining TFL’s pockets with travelcard money and rent an office in Mayfair – a shorter commute means a less stressful day!
3. Enjoy the after work scene
Mayfair has plenty of wine bars and pubs to enjoy, so make 2014 a more sociable year and spend more time getting to know your colleagues with an after-work drink in Mayfair.
This time of year is a bit drab and grey, and most of us are feeling those January blues; but it’s the perfect time to work on your New Year’s Resolutions and get your life organised! Investing in a new Filofax diary is one of the best ways to get on top of a hectic schedule; you’ll be able to keep track of personal appointments, work commitments and other events in your life such as birthdays and anniversaries, all in one cool, stylish little bundle.
Shop for a Filofax in Mayfair
The Filofax Centre in Mayfair is a stationery lover’s dream. Not only does it stock one of the largest ranges of Filofax organisers we’ve ever seen, you’ll also find all the accessories you could ever need including various inserts, organiser stickers and everything else to make your Filofax as organised as possible. With co-ordinating briefcases, purses and handbags, you can match your bag to your Filofax for a stylish look – there are plenty of colours and designs to choose from, whether you’re looking for a professional black leather organiser or something more vibrant and exciting!
The perfect gift
Choosing a Filofax is also a great gift for someone special – you can customise any aspect of the organiser to suit their needs, choosing your own cover and inserts, and you’ll also find a range of pens, notebooks, traditional diaries and leather portfolios in store as well as sleek, stylish iPad cases.
As the dark nights are drawing in, what better time to go on a London ghost walk? Whether you opt for an organised tour or create your own itinerary complete with spooky stories, there are plenty of ghosts in London’s West End. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
50 Berkeley Square
Known as the most haunted house in London, 50 Berkeley Square was built in the late 1700s and was once home to British Prime Minister George Canning. Today, the building houses Maggs Bros. Ltd. antiquarian book dealers and no haunted happenings have been reported since 1937.
Legend tells that a young woman threw herself from the top floor window after being abused by her uncle. She’s said to haunt the attic room, scaring people to death, and to date it’s thought that two deaths have been attributed to the ghost.
53 Berkeley Square
It’s said that if you look closely, the spirit of a 17th century gentleman can be seen gazing out the window here, waiting for the return of his daughter who eloped and never came home.
Hotel Piccadilly, Room 537
If you’re feeling particularly brave, you might want to spend a night in room 537 at the Hotel Piccadilly – it’s thought to be haunted by the ghost of a traveller who took his own life in the bathroom. Subsequent guests have reported being woken by things going bump in the night.
It’s the post-Christmas slump and we’re all feeling the January blues; but the good news is there are plenty of exciting new restaurants in Mayfair to tempt your tastebuds this month! We take a look at some of the best on offer.
Opening on 14th January on Marylebone Lane, Michael Riemenschneider’s new restaurant is taking over Verru’s former premises. It offers the opportunity to build your own tasting menu from a range of 16 perfect executed dishes, and the surroundings are simply stunning.
Lanes of London
Street food is the in thing right now, and Lanes of London, the Marriott Park Lane’s new restaurant, is fully embracing the trend. Offering the ‘best of London’s street food’, the restaurant’s name is inspired by the city’s distinct areas offering global cuisine, including Lebanese (Edgware Road), British (Portobello Road), Vietnamese (Kingsland Road) and Indian (Brick Lane). The restaurant is sure to attract crowds of friends and larger groups with its laid back approach to dining, and opens on 17th January.
Ok, so Boom Burger isn’t strictly in Mayfair, but it’s just a short stroll away in leafy Notting Hill. After a long residency in the area last year, this Caribbean burger restaurant is now making their stay permanent. Their sunshine-infused weekend brunches and rum cocktails are sure to be popular with the locals, and Jamaican style burgers add a spicy, unusual twist to proceedings. Boom Burger opens at the end of January.
After the indulgence of Christmas and New Year, it’s time to get back in shape for 2014, and where better to do so than in Mayfair? You’ll find some of the most luxurious fitness suites and well-equipped gyms in the country here – we’ve listed a couple of our favourites for you to check out.
Claridge’s Fitness Centre
Part of Claridge’s Health Club and Spa, you can book into a personal training session at Claridge’s Fitness Centre from as little as £45 for 30 minutes; it’s the perfect way to kick-start your workout routine and meet your fitness goals. The fully-equipped gym is well stocked with little luxuries including fluffy towels, water and fresh fruit juices – there are even TV monitors and headphones to keep you entertained. With nine cardiovascular machines, six types of resistance machines and various accessories including kettle bells and exercise balls, it’s the perfect workout haven whether you’re in London for a business trip or looking for an escape after work.
Matt Roberts Mayfair
Located opposite the Mayfair Hotel, Matt Roberts Mayfair is an upbeat, contemporary space that attracts high-profile clientele and international athletes. You’ll receive an in-depth fitness assessment before your personal training programme is tailored to your individual needs, with advice on nutrition, relaxation and exercise. With extra touches including GHDs in the changing rooms, a free towel service and complimentary Percy & Reed toiletries, why would you want to work out anywhere else in Mayfair?