A royal night out in Mayfair

Royal FlushPrincess Eugenie was recently spotted enjoying date night with boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in London’s Mayfair. The 24-year-old royal was dressed to the nines as she met boyfriend Jack for a date at Lulu, one of affluent Mayfair’s most exclusive private members’ clubs.

Vintage vixen

Showing off her curves in a vintage-style knee-length black satin wrap dress, Eugenie accessorised with classic red lipstick and a glamorous pair of black peep-toe heels. Her vintage style dress was perfectly complimented by screen-siren Hollywood curls. Boyfriend Jack had clearly also dressed to impress, looking stylish in his black suit, pale blue tie and crisp white shirt. Jack, a former waiter turned nightclub boss, is making the most of his time with his girlfriend after she relocated to NYC last year.

Long-distance love

The couple have been dating since 2010 and are clearly managing to maintain a long-distance relationship. As well as regular meetings in the UK and US, they spend a lot of time chatting on Skype together to keep their relationship fresh. In an interview last year, Jack told reporters, “We spend a lot of time on Skype. It’s great. We are still very much together.”

Princess Eugenie isn’t the only royal to party in leafy Mayfair – last month, her sister Princess Beatrice was spotted leaving Roka.

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PopUp Opera takes Mayfair by storm

Opera divaFor the lucky few, a spot of opera in Mayfair was just the ticket earlier this month. PopUp Opera, known for their talent as well as their somewhat small-scale performances, performed Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ to an audience of just 25 in a Mayfair bar.

Accessible opera

Formed in 2011 by soprano Clementine Lovell, the company’s aim is to open up the world of opera to new audiences, making it enjoyable and accessible to all. Past performances have taken place in some rather unusual locations, from candlelit caverns and garlic farms to underground tunnels! Provided there’s room for a set, all is well.

Something different

Last week the firm descended on The Whip in Mayfair, a 1920s speakeasy bar with a cocktail list to die for. With an atmosphere akin to being bundled in a relative’s cosy living room, opera sung at full volume so up close and personal is most definitely an intimate and unforgettable experience, and audience participation was also on the menu.

Sadly, for those who missed last week’s performance at The Whip, the troupe has now moved on to pastures greener, so you’ll need to head to their next venue to catch a performance. With their summer tour running until 31 July, this week you can catch them in Hackney Wick, Vauxhall and East Sussex. Tickets are selling fast, so you had better be quick!

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Mayfair pawnbroker targets high end products

Money In an interview with the Telegraph, David Sonnenthal, Manager of New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, spoke about his firm’s fresh take on the pawnbroker model.

Catering to the wealthy elite of London’s Mayfair district, New Bond Street Pawnbrokers deals in ‘high-end’ pawnbroking. What exactly does this mean? Sonnenthal explains, “We don’t buy plain gold or low-value items.” His business is certainly located in the right postcode, where many residents have the finest cars, art, jewellery and antiques.

The new model used by Sonnenthal’s firm lends 40-50% of an asset’s value – the minimum loan is £1,000. Whilst clients pay between three and five percent interest each month, they are given the opportunity to repay within seven months. This differs from traditional pawnbrokers, where clients are often unable to get back their assets. Those who are unable to pay back their loan will have their items sold at auction, with the firm recouping their costs and paying the client any extra gained.

The contemporary style of New Bond Street Pawnbrokers throws off the traditional Dickensian image of a dark, dingy pawnbrokers and gives it a distinctly modern vibe. Whilst some people are still uncomfortable visiting a pawnbrokers for fear of being seen as poor, the shop has issued around £50m in loans since it opened 15 years ago and Sonnenthal explains, “Our clients are very wealthy, it’s just their money is tied up in their assets and they need instant cash.”

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First London Art Weekend held at Brown’s in Mayfair

Art in MayfairThe inaugural Brown’s London Art Weekend took place in Mayfair on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July. Over the course of the weekend, 80 art galleries and auction houses across Mayfair opened their doors to the public, with over 75 astounding exhibitions displaying 3,000 years of art.

Something was on offer for everyone, from fans of renaissance-style paintings to people fascinated by contemporary sculpture. The Art Weekend also hosted almost 100 free tours and talks – it proved to be a fantastic opportunity to explore the city’s private galleries, usually closed to the public, and gain an insight into why international collectors and dealers flock to Mayfair and St James every year.

The weekend was supported by Brown’s Hotel on Albemarle Street and attracted collectors, artists and those curious to see inside Mayfair’s private art galleries. Brown’s has always been a popular choice for artists, gallery owners and collectors and the hotel offered a Hix Art Brunch, created by Mark Hix, as well as special accommodation packages for the weekend. They even organised a high-speed tour, leaving from Brown’s, which enabled busy visitors to take in 12 galleries in under 2 hours!

 

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The £1m Mayfair apartment

A flat in Mayfair has recently appeared on the market for a cool £1 million. With the demand for flats in central London on the rise and Mayfair’s reputation as an ultra-luxurious area, the property, marketed by Wetherell covers just 461 square feet – as much space as you’d find in the average living room! The entire flat is actually smaller than a London tube carriage, although it has been well-designed and contains a separate bedroom, reception, kitchen and bathroom.

Compared to other homes in the UK, this swish yet compact pad is just half the size of an average property. The annual service charge is £3,000, inclusive of the services of a (undoubtedly) smartly-dressed porter.

If you’re a millionaire looking for a compact yet perfectly located city apartment, this flat could be for you!
You’ll be in the very heart of Mayfair, just down the road from the Ritz hotel and a few steps away from world-renowned restaurant Nobu. You just need to turn right out of the building and you’ll be in Berkeley Square. If property really is about ‘Location, location, location’ it doesn’t get much better than this!

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Get married in Mayfair

If you were lucky enough to receive a proposal this Valentine’s Day, you’re probably already planning your dream wedding and hunting for the perfect venue to tie the knot in London. Why not get married in Mayfair this spring? There are loads of stunning venues to choose from – here are our favourites.

Claridge’s

From its art-deco 1930s inspired ballroom to its spacious reception spaces, Claridge’s is a Mayfair institution and the perfect place to hold your nuptials – you’ll be in good company as Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker are regulars here.

With numerous private event rooms for hire including the Buckingham and Kensington rooms, there is something for everyone, whether you’re planning a lavish party or an intimate meal. The hotel even offers a 9-week complimentary ‘Claridge’s Beauty and Fitness’ membership to brides and grooms, so you can get gorgeous for your big day!

Dartmouth House

Once owned by the Marchionesses of Carnarvon, today Dartmouth House is one of London’s most sought after wedding venues. It’s perfect for your reception or civil ceremony, whether you’re planning a huge banquet or cosy celebration with friends and family.

The stunning courtyard, marble staircase and grand piano make fantastic backdrops for your wedding photos and the experienced wedding planning team are on hand to make your special day as perfect as possible.

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Kiefer Sutherland lucky in love in Mayfair?

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.

Stylish pair

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!

Camera shy

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!

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Make eyes in Mayfair this March

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.

E.B. Meyrowitz

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.

Bespoke eyewear

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.

New premises

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!

 

 

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The perfect city break in Mayfair

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

http://www.mayfair-london.co.uk/hotels-TheWashingtonMayfairHotel.htm

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!

Flemings Mayfair

http://www.mayfair-london.co.uk/hotels-FlemingsMayfair.htm

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!

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