Cool off with a cocktail in Mayfair

With temperatures rising (or at least fluctuating) across London, what better way to cool off after a long day of shopping on Oxford Street or sightseeing in the West End than with a contemporary cocktail in one of Mayfair’s finest bars? Here are a few of the best …

The Connaught Bar

This hotel bar is one of London’s most glamorous drinking spots for those in the know. Boasting super-stylish, 1920’s décor designed by David Collins and a cocktail list to die-for, this is the perfect place to end your day. We recommend a Martini from the legendary Connaught Martini Trolley, but if cocktails aren’t your thing, why not enjoy a whisky with bespoke chocolate tasting?

Galvin at Windows Bar

This luxurious restaurant and bar on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton oozes Bond villain-esque style thanks to its recent £500k refurbishment. Refreshing long drinks such as the Winter Leaf cocktail (chestnut liqueur, Maker’s Mark bourbon, lime juice, elderflower liqueur and pear puree) are perfect on a hot summer’s day – at night expect stunning views over the London skyline.

Hush

Since undergoing a lavish refurbishment in 2012, this sophisticated, stylish Mayfair restaurant and cocktail lounge attracts an upmarket clientele including A-list celebs – so make sure you pre-book! Fresh fruit Bellinis, champagne cocktails and the ‘True Blood’ cocktail with triple sec, Plantation dark rum, chilli, vanilla bitters and chocolate liqueur are amongst our recommendations if you’re in Mayfair for the evening!

Posted in Drinking & Dining | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

New Mayfair restaurant provides a taste of Georgia

Marani on Curzon Street in leafy Mayfair has recently opened its doors and it’s one of London’s newest Georgian eateries, with authentic, eclectic décor featuring slightly odd artwork, candles and vintage photographs setting the scene perfectly for the main attraction; the food.

A baffling menu

Expect a menu filled with Georgian specialities, from mixed pkhali (leeks, spinach and aubergines poached with pomegranate seeds and walnuts!) to grilled chicken with garlic sauce. The Lobio (spiced kidney beans served with a generous porting of mixed pickles) and the Georgian salad of cucumber, tomatoes and walnuts are two of the best dishes to try, whilst the marinated skewers of meat are a spicy delight! Wash everything down with a few delicious glasses of kindzmarauli, the traditional Georgian sweet red wine.

The perfect location

This restaurant’s Mayfair location ensures it will be a hit with locals who perhaps haven’t ventured into the world of Georgian cuisine before – the piled high plates are perfect for sharing and it’s the type of restaurant which is best suited to large groups of friends or cosy family gatherings. If possible, take along some friends who know their stuff as the menu is overly long and at times quite baffling; it can be hard to know where to start!

Posted in Drinking & Dining | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Globe-Trotter opens flagship store in Mayfair

Holiday season is upon us, and where better to head for your luxury luggage than the new Globe-Trotter store, which opened a couple of months ago on Albemarle Street in Mayfair? This is the latest in a long line of luxury luggage stores setting up shop in leafy Mayfair, and Globe-Trotter creates bespoke luggage using a traditional process. The brand has been making luggage in the same way for the last 100 years, so you know you’re buying a high-quality product.

Stylish options

The new Albemarle Street store offers a wide selection of cases and luggage – in fact, every item in the Globe-Trotter collection can be found in the store, which spans two floors. The store also offers an exclusive ‘Albemarle’ suitcase in eye-catching navy leather with a bright red leather handle and tan trim. If you’re always left hunting for your suitcase on the luggage carousel, this is the ideal choice for you!

Bespoke creations

You’ll even find a VIP lounge in store, where you can relax with a cold or hot drink as you chat to a Globe Trotter representative. This is the perfect opportunity to create your dream bespoke suitcase; we guarantee it will make it easier to spot when you’re waiting by the carousel!

Posted in Luxury Goods | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Property attracts premium prices in London’s Mayfair

Sons & Co are the latest luxury property development company to snap up property in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Founded by the Stocker Brothers and funded by Faisal Butt and James Caan’s Hamilton Bradshaw Real Estate, the company has invested £24.25m in a property on Charles Street.

Prime location

Charles House at 18B Charles Street is a Grade II listed building that is currently home to serviced offices. The Stocker brothers, Alex and Christian, plan to apply for planning permission to turn the 14,000 square feet of space into four luxury apartments, each with their own staff accommodation. It’s estimated that the value of the project on completion will be around £50 million.

International appeal

Alex Stocker, the firm’s founding director, commented, “Our development will provide the best in luxury living, as prime central London property continues to outperform other investments. Apartments in Mayfair are attracting huge interest from international buyers, many of whom now choose London as their principal residence.”

The company’s prior developments include a range of luxury apartments at Palace Gate as well as the development of a new-build house in Pont St. Mews, whilst Hamilton Bradshaw Real Estate has previously invested in companies such as The London Management Company and Accouter Design, an interior design firm owned by Alec Watt.

Posted in Property | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Working in finance? Mayfair is the place to be

Upmarket Mayfair has long been home to some of London’s wealthiest residents who flock to the area for its Michelin star restaurants, designer boutiques and jewellers. But over the last year, the number of hedge funds, private equity companies and boutique investment banks in Mayfair has risen by over 100%!

In fact, the leasing rate for financial firms in Mayfair rose by 139% between 2012 and 2013, with the district now boasting the largest concentration of hedge funds in the capital – they account for around 31% of the area.

Whilst a Mayfair address has always been appealing to businesses, in recent eyes the market seems to have seen an influx of clients. With 18 five star hotels and 31 Michelin Star restaurants, it’s perhaps no surprise that Mayfair is so popular with financial firms, many of whom move here so that they can be as close to their competition as possible – and in order to share a prestigious postcode!

It’s estimated that, over the next decade, £1.3 billion of investment could take place in the area. High net worth individuals would rather meet in a beautiful district than commute miles to the city. After all, wouldn’t we all rather work in Mayfair, given the choice?

Posted in Business Services | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Meander around Mayfair’s marvellous markets

Think of affluent Mayfair and markets are probably not the first thing to spring to mind. Yet ignoring the area’s amazing markets means you’ll be missing out on an unsurpassed shopping opportunity. Here’s our pick of the best markets in the Mayfair area that are well worth perusing on a sunny afternoon.

Dover Street Market

If the idea of six floors of design, fashion, art and home accessories sounds like heaven, you may never want to leave Dover Street Market. Don’t come here without your plastic; this is Mayfair, with prices to match! You’ll find an eclectic mix of avant-garde designers, from Raf Simons and Comme des Garcons to Hiroshi Fujiwara. A great place to find unusual gifts, you’re also practically guaranteed to source an outfit you can be sure nobody else will be wearing!

Portobello Market

“Portobello Road, Portobello Road, street where the riches of ages are sold,” so the song from Disney classic ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ would have us believe! In fact, Portobello Road itself is just a small part of Portobello Market today, which is divided into 5 sections. On Portobello Road you’ll still find the antiques market, filled with all kinds of treasures. For fashion, head to the Westway area or check out the second hand goods at Goldbourne Road. Portobello is one of the world’s most famous street markets, and for good reason – whatever you’re looking for, you are sure to find it here!

Posted in Places of interest in Mayfair | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A royal night out in Mayfair

Princess 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.

Posted in Drinking & Dining, Places of interest in Mayfair | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

PopUp Opera takes Mayfair by storm

For 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!

Posted in Drinking & Dining | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Mayfair pawnbroker targets high end products

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.”

Posted in Mayfair Lifestyle, Places of interest in Mayfair | Tagged , | Leave a comment