London's Best New Openings
London’s most exclusive private member’s only club open it’s doors once again after a 55 million pound transformation. The Georgian townhouse that had hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and The Rolling Stones alongside royalty, most notably the Queen, and tycoons during its heydays has kept its original appeal, this time around modernizing the once upscale DNA that made Annabel’s, Annabel’s. Designed by Martin Brudnizki, the new space, located two doors down, will span four storeys complete with an outdoor garden. Linking the outdoors with the indoor, Brudnizki has incorporated a tropical jungle theme to the nightclub space that extends to the deluxe brasserie where floral prints decorate the plush interior. Not only is it expanding its decorative breadth, but Annabel’s is expanding its membership to become more inclusive albeit still withstanding its exclusivity as a private member’s club. As the line between luxury and streetwear have increasingly blurred, Annabel’s has hopped on the ‘dad trend’, allowing for a more relaxed approach to its footwear code meaning sneakers are allowed alongside four-legged friends. Entry is still unfortunately invite only, so start networking your way through London to get an insider look at one of London’s most famed venues.
Following in line with yet another re-opening, the much-awaited Kettner’s Townhouse has returned in full glory. Many of the Grade II-listed details of the Edwardian building remain such as the floral plasterboards and timber floorboards while its other standout features have been restored and enhanced for the contemporary crowd; though those that visit it can still bask under the same gilded ceilings that Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill once dined. Climb up the original 18th century spiral staircase to stay or simply visit in one of the 33 French boudoir style rooms or have a drink at the champagne bar serving up late night cocktails with a classic Georgian background.