The Lalit London to open in January 2017

Baluchi at The Lalit London

India’s homegrown, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, will launch it’s first international property in London on January 26, 2017.

The group that is headquartered in Delhi, opened its first property in the capital city in 1988. Since then it has grown to a portfolio of 17 luxury hotels.

Keshav Suri, the executive director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group says, “It was our founder chairman, my father, Lalit Suri’s dream to own a hotel in London. We are delighted to realise his dream, with the launch of The Lalit London. The luxury boutique hotel is a Grade 2 listed building that housed St Olave’s Grammar School and more recently, Lambeth College. For the last five years it has been a labour of love – blending the best of Indian culture, hospitality and cuisine with the finest Victorian architecture. We are set to make it one of the city’s most desirable destinations.”

The 180-year old building is now a luxury boutique hotel with 70 spacious rooms. Each of the rooms that remain true to their original Victorian architecture, are dressed in Indian decor — furniture, light fixtures, artwork, tapestries, and marble and mother of pearl inlay.

The property will also house the brand’s signature pan Indian restaurant, Baluchi; The Terrace, a rooftop diner that serves international cuisine all day; two bars — The Teachers’ Room and The Headmaster’s Room; a gym; two meeting rooms; and Rejuve – The Spa.

The Lalit London is situated on Tooley Street, a three-minute walk from London Bridge station. 

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India’s homegrown, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, will launch it’s first international property in London on January 26, 2017.

The group that is headquartered in Delhi, opened its first property in the capital city in 1988. Since then it has grown to a portfolio of 17 luxury hotels.

Keshav Suri, the executive director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group says, “It was our founder chairman, my father, Lalit Suri’s dream to own a hotel in London. We are delighted to realise his dream, with the launch of The Lalit London. The luxury boutique hotel is a Grade 2 listed building that housed St Olave’s Grammar School and more recently, Lambeth College. For the last five years it has been a labour of love – blending the best of Indian culture, hospitality and cuisine with the finest Victorian architecture. We are set to make it one of the city’s most desirable destinations.”

The 180-year old building is now a luxury boutique hotel with 70 spacious rooms. Each of the rooms that remain true to their original Victorian architecture, are dressed in Indian decor — furniture, light fixtures, artwork, tapestries, and marble and mother of pearl inlay.

The property will also house the brand’s signature pan Indian restaurant, Baluchi; The Terrace, a rooftop diner that serves international cuisine all day; two bars — The Teachers’ Room and The Headmaster’s Room; a gym; two meeting rooms; and Rejuve – The Spa.

The Lalit London is situated on Tooley Street, a three-minute walk from London Bridge station. 

thelalit.com

London sees new wave of private members’ club openings

From clubs for wine connoisseurs to clubs for corporates, here are eight new openings across the English capital

1. 12 HAY HILL

As we reported in the summer, 12 Hay Hill arrived on the corner of Berkeley Square in July. The five-floor business club has 25 high-spec serviced offices and 11 meeting rooms with break-out spaces on each level.

On the fourth floor is a lounge for relaxing or hot-desking with floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary artwork, Italian furniture, a bar and two meeting rooms.

12 Hay Hill Club

On the ground-floor is an 80-seat restaurant headed up by Michelin-star chef Shaun Rankin, plus a private dining room for 12 people. A bar/deli resides on the lower ground floor, while a 60-cover roof terrace will open in the spring. Click here for more details.

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2. SOHO HOUSE 76 DEAN STREET & KETTNER’S TOWNHOUSE

After 20 years, and now with 14 members’ clubs in Europe and North America, Nick Jones continues to build his empire of cool. His best-known clubs in London are Shoreditch House and the original Soho House on Greek Street.

Dating back to 1995, it’s been much in need of a revamp. As a consequence, it closed in the spring, with a new venue – Soho House II – arriving on nearby Dean Street not long after.

Soho House 76 Dean Street occupies a renovated Georgian townhouse, with facilities including dining rooms, a courtyard, a roof deck and a screening room in the basement for 45 people.

The interior design is opulent yet homely, with marble fireplaces, chandeliers, timber floors, leather Chesterfields and original artwork.

Jones has also bought champagne bar/restaurant Kettner’s on Soho’s Romilly Street with a view to restoring the entire block and turning its historic upper floors into hotel suites. It is expected to open in 2018 as Kettner’s Townhouse.

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3. SOUTH KENSINGTON CLUB

SKC made its grand entrance in June, placing fitness, wellness and socialising at the heart of what it does. The converted Georgian Music Hall once housed Pineapple dance studios and, later, Ronnie Wood’s Harrington Club.

The four-floor property near Hyde Park has a roof terrace, a 60-seat Mediterranean restaurant, a juice bar and a tea library. On the top level is the gym, with full-height windows and skylights, equipment from Technogym, and three yoga studios. Health and fitness assessments are also available, as well as osteopathy, physiotherapy and acupuncture.

South Kensington Club

A Turkish bathhouse provides “aquatic body work” in London’s only saltwater Watsu pool, plus massage therapies and a hammam.

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4. 67 PALL MALL
Opening in November, 67 Pall Mall will occupy the former Banking Hall on St James’s. This “niche interest” club is designed for wine collectors and connoisseurs. An “unrivalled” wine list with “sensible” prices will detail 500 vintages available by the glass thanks to a high-tech Coravin pouring system.

Set across three floors, the club will feature a lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows facing St James’s Palace, a temperature and humidity-controlled Wine Library, and two meeting rooms for 12 to 80 people seated. A restaurant with a Josper grill will be run by head chef Marcus Verbene (of J Sheekey and Le Caprice).

One of the most interesting additions will be the Chatwood “Invincible” Strongroom for storing rare wines. Members will be able to store a certain number of their own bottles here for consumption in the club. There will also be a programme of wine-themed events, courses and talks, as well as tastings and château dinners.

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5. DEVONSHIRE SQUARE

Brian Clivaz, the founder of Home House private members’ club on Portman Square, is planning a new venture in the City of London.

Covering 5,388 sqm, 4 and 5 Devonshire Square will see a 19th-century warehouse turned into a 70-room hotel and “full service luxury lifestyle” club by next summer.

Facilities will include a lounge, cigar terrace, bars, a restaurant, winter garden, library, screening room, dining rooms spa and gym.

6. NEUEHOUSE

Neuehouse arrived in New York, in 2013, with a second club opening in LA this September. London will be the third destination for this lifestyle-slash-business concept early next year, with the club located near the Savoy hotel in the art deco Adelphi building facing the River Thames.

Neuehouse

A center of cultural activity that is also conducive to imaginative work,” it will be invitation-only for entrepreneurs and their teams who work in the film, design, fashion, architecture, arts and branding industries. The interiors will be by Neuehouse Design Studio and David Rockwell and there will be an extensive cultural programme.

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7. TEN TRINITY SQUARE

Iconic 1920s building Ten Trinity Square, near Tower Bridge, was vacant for three years until Chinese investorDr Chanchai Ruayrungruang – chairman, of the Reignwood Group – bought it in 2010.

He has since embarked on a multimillion-pound transformation project to be complete next summer – there will be 41 luxury apartments, a 100-room Four Seasons hotel on the lower three levels and the club.

Located on the second floor, occupying the building’s original boardrooms and offices, it will feature ornate ceilings and hand-carved walnut panelling. There will be meeting space, a bar, an art gallery, a cigar lounge and business centre, as well as the Château Latour wine store for residents and members.

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8. CURTAIN CLUB

Michael Achenbaum, president of Gansevoort Hotel Group, is building the Curtain Hotel and Private Members’ Club on Curtain Road in Shoreditch. The US$70 million project will take the form of a nine-floor building with 114 hotel rooms and six suites.

The Curtain Club

Opening next autumn, the club will be “seamlessly integrated” with the hotel, and will feature dedicated areas for members. These will include a whisky bar, garden room, inner courtyard and sound-proof event venue. A screening room will also be available for hotel guests. Click here to read our full report.

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To read more on private members’ clubs in London, look out for our upcoming December/January issue.

Jenny Southan 

London’s St James Theatre to open in September

Theatregoers will have reason to celebrate this autumn with the opening of the new-build St James Theatre in Victoria.

Located on Palace Street just two minutes from Victoria Station with its fast links to London Gatwick Airport via the Gatwick Express, the new theatre builds on London’s reputation for world class theatre, but with modern seating, acoustics, air-conditioning and even an onsite restaurant.

Robert Mackintosh, St James’ joint CEO and creative director, said that his intention was to fill a distinct gap in the current London theatre scene.

“London theatre distinctly lacked smaller, off-Broadway type theatres seating less than 500 people to develop shows prior to moving to the West End,” said Mackintosh.

As well as the 312-seat main auditorium, the new facility also has a studio theatre seating 100 with a full broadcast TV facility (see image below), enabling shows to be transmitted across satellite and online TV services—an attribute which the promoters claim is unmatched by any other theatre in London.

Food and beverage options include the first floor St James Brasserie, open for brunch, lunch and dinner, and the ground floor St James Bar.

From 1835-1957 its historic namesake, the St James’s Theatre in King Street, regaled audiences with ballets, operas, magic shows and new plays. The new theatre aims to continue this diverse tradition, with an opening season that ranges from Sandi Toksvig’s dramatic Bully Boy to the uplifting new musical Daddy Long Legs by Paul Gordon.

For more information visit stjamestheatre.co.uk.

Report by Alex Peckham

Dryland opens Business Members’ Club

Dryland Business Members’ Club has opened on London’s Kensignton High Street, offering lounge and office space, as well as meetings rooms, private dining, a café and chauffeur services.

Facilities include 100MB fibre-optic broadband, lounges areas with sofas and open fires, private work pods (inspired by first class airline cabins), sound-proofed telephone booths lined with Damien Hirst wallpaper, a screening room with retro red velvet seats, and an onsite Maserati and chauffeur for hire.

There are three membership levels:

  • Member, costing £139 per month + VAT and including access to the lounges and terrace area, wifi internet access, printing and photocopying services, invitations to exclusive events, a concierge service, the ability to hire boardrooms and the screening room, and the option to add on telephone answering and postal services
  • Pod, costing £799 + VAT per month or £60 + VAT per day, and offering the services above plus access to a private pod and the Pod and First lounge
  • First, costing from £1,399 + VAT per month or £90 + VAT per day, and including access to a private office suite and the Pod and First Lounge

Dryland says it will also offer a “five-star hotel-style service”, and members can order items from the Grand Café (which is also open to the public) direct to their seat or suite.

For more information visit dryland.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

Tickets open for “The View from The Shard”

With Europe’s tallest building celebrating the completion of its exterior this evening, tickets for the 224-metre high View from The Shard experience will open tomorrow, for visits from next February.

The experience will cost £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children, and will open to visitors from February 1, 2013.

Visitors will start at level 68 (accessed via two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts that take 30 seconds to reach the level), with guests then heading to the triple-heighted level 69 which The Shard says will offer views up to 40 miles away.

Visitors can also go up to level 72 for views “exposed to the elements and sounds of the city beneath”. The experience will offer a vantage point “almost twice as high as any other viewing point in London”.

Tickets go on sale at 0900 BST tomorrow (July 6), with customers pre-booking arrival dates and time slots. Ahead of this a laser show will celebrate the official completion of The Shard’s exterior this evening.

When fully completed The Shard will house offices, restaurants, residences, and London’s first Shangri-La hotel, located on floors 34-52 of the building.

For more information visit theviewfromtheshard.com, the-shard.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

Picture credits: The View from The Shard

London’s Met Bar set for revamp

The capital’s iconic Met Bar, housed within the Metropolitan London hotel, is to undergo a revamp, with current interiors including booths and DJ decks being sold in a charity ebay auction.

Launched in 1997, the Met Bar is open to hotel guests and members only, and has welcomed celebrities including Kate Moss and Sadie Frost over the years.

The bar will be “reborn” this autumn, with “a new look, new menu and new sophistication”, and its interiors are being sold off on ebay in support of the charity Teens Unite – Fighting Cancer.

The sale includes private booths, DJ decks, glassware, tables, chairs and bar stools. For more information and to bid click here.

The Met Bar will close on July 31, reopening in September.

For more information visit metbar.co.uk, metropolitan.london.como.bz.

Report by Mark Caswell

Outdoor London No.5: Dukes St James’s Cognac and Cigar Garden

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The upmarket Dukes hotel off St James’s Place has opened a refurbished outdoor area dedicated to cigar and cognac afficionados, a nod to the hotel’s history of offering vintage cognacs at Dukes Bar.

The secluded garden is a cosy space for up to 20 seated guests, with decking, wicker furniture, lantern lighting, and a wooden handmade brandy cabinet displaying the hotel’s range of cognacs, including house offering the Martell Cordon Bleu.

Cigars are supplied by Hunters and Frankau, and range from £16-£36 each, with a 50ml measure of Martell Cordon Bleu costing £12. The year-round garden is open from 8pm daily, with heating for the winter season, and is also open for afternoon teas during the day.

For more information visit dukeshotel.com, and to read our recent article on a day in the life of Dukes’ bar manager Alessandro Palazzi, click here.