17-21 Elizabeth Street: Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut, is opening his first London bakery in the Autumn of 2016. Flaunted by Time Magazine and endorsed by Anthony Bourdain, the addictive hybrid of donut and croissant was so loved in New York that the $5 cronut was getting peddled for as much as $100. Is it worth the craze? Pop in and find out it is only a 5 minute walk from The Hari.
87 Sloane Avenue: Hidden in a nondescript apartment block, Barts Speakeasy revives the fear and thrill of the Prohibition era: the 1920s, a period of hedonism and exuberance revealed in the books of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the music of Louis Armstrong and the painting of Archibald Motley. Strong cocktails, eclectic furniture and live piano: the perfect recipe for naughtiness.
69 Kinnerton Street: Candles does much more than setting the mood. It states our tastes; it’s a matter of etiquette. Over at Kinnerton Street, master chandler Rachel Vosper blends natural bees wax with essential oils to create scented candles that seem to originate from the lost grimoire of an alchemist. Keen to pick up the secret art of chandlery, reserve a spot at Rachel’s bespoke candle making classes.
17 Motcomb Street: The Fine Cheese Co. is a maturer, of artisan British cheeses originating from Bath. At their new Belgravia flagship store, you’ll find their own brands on sale, as well as the city’s best selection of artisan British cheeses by different independent producers. Go and indulge in a delicious tasting session with charcuterie and wine before doing the much-needed round of cheese gifts shopping.
5 Pont St: The Hari has partnered with the new celebrity favourite, FaceGym – the non-invasive facial workout and skincare studio, located downstairs at Neville’s Hair & Beauty Salon. Discover a full range of advanced facial workouts and “boosters at the basin” from a hydrating face mask to a cryo oxygen booster and electrical muscle stimulation to lift and sculpt – the perfect addition to your cut, colour or blow dry! Prefer to ‘work out’ in the comfort of your hotel suite? FaceGym can send a personal ‘face’ trainer to you. Discover more
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22 Edbury Street: Cold war spy turned writer Ian Fleming might have preferred life in Jamaica, but also called 22 Ebury Street home. Bond himself, in the shape of actors Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore, was Belgravian for a while. Even sinister Bond’s nemesis Scaramanga had Belgravian roots, being played by Belgravia-born Sir Christopher Lee. You only live twice, indeed!
73 Chester Square: One of Britain’s most polarising figures, Margaret Thatcher retired to 73 Chester Square till her death in 2013. This beautiful six storey Georgian Mansion with the original bombproof door and 73 plaque in the doorstep she had installed in 1991 welcomed countless luminaries including Ronald Reagan and other heads of state. Worth a visit if you can convince the agent that you can afford the 30 million pounds price tag.
6 Belgrave Mews: In the 50s & 60s, the Star Tavern at 6 Belgrave Mews became a notorious hangout for hoodlums in search of glamour and movie stars keen for a bit of slumming. Perhaps inspired by the presence of Peter O’Toole and Albert Finney, famed robber Bruce Reynolds invited Buster Edwards to talk shop. The result of a pint too many? The Great Train Robbery, a £40 million heist in today’s money.
The Hari has collaborated with Art Vinyl to showcase 50 of the Best Art Vinyl covers from 2016. The 50 nominated records, chosen by a panel of highly respected music design experts and previous Best Art Vinyl Award winners, cover a complete range of creative disciplines, including traditional fine art, photography and computer graphics with some unique additions this year such as light reacting designs, scratch-off sleeves and Braille poetry.
The winning album cover design for The Last Shadow Puppets’ long-awaited 2nd album ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’ was created by Illustrator and designer, Matthew Cooper whose work has adorned the front covers for such luminaries as Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney, to name just a few. The ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’ cover features a studio portrait of Tina Turner taken by Vogue photographer, Jack Robinson in New York City on November 25th 1969.
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This year we have collaborated with the uber stylish stationary brand, Papier, to create an origami inspired Christmas window. Working alongside Papershake Origami to create a magnificent Christmas wreath the window is bought to life through origami baubles and snowflakes. Snap a picture and share with us on instagram using #christmaswreath.
Visit the 29th edition of the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre for some high-end artistic wheeling and dealing.
Kicking off the art world year, the annual fair brings together more than 125 galleries to showcase museum-quality contemporary artworks and pieces from today’s leading artists. There’s also two specially curated sections beyond the main fair focusing on new works, less established galleries, and contemporary photography.
A night of opulent fine dining and spectacular performances at 217 Piccadilly – a historic vaudeville nightspot in the heart of the West End (formerly The Pigalle Club). In-keeping with The Black Cat’s trademark style, expect to meet high-kicking showgirls, jaw-dropping acrobats, comics, madcap singers, live musicians, a fire-breathing goddess & more. Enjoy cocktails and a lavish dinner by our artisan chefs at your choice of private or shared table, or join the gathered cognoscenti in the stalls to catch the show. Our supper club events generally sell out weeks in advance so don’t delay!
Introducing the fashion event of the season: London Fashion Week Festival. Newly revamped for 2017, this is your chance to enjoy the fabulous life of a fashion insider. Set your style compass to The Store Studios, 180 The Strand and prepare to shop a curated edit of designer collections at show exclusive prices, sit front row at catwalk shows by your favourite London Fashion Week designers, get a head start on the key trends of the coming season and listen to industry experts share their secrets on making it to the top – all under one roof. Be inspired.