Top 7 party venues for the adventurous
Jessica Patterson opens up her little black book and reveals her secret list of the world’s coolest bars, hotels and restaurants.
Chef Kyoichi Kai, of Zuma and Arts Club prestige, will be heading up an impressive all-Japanese kitchen staff at a new contemporary Japanese restaurant launching in Belgravia this August 2014 - Kouzu.
The building itself is a grand historical Grade-II listed beautiful period mansion from the 1850's with a huge palatial entrance door, a floating mezzanine level upstairs which is an omakase sushi bar. The ground floor will feature the main 80-person seated restaurant and sexy cocktail bar in the style of Tom Ford's sleek grey and black London apartment. VIP entrance in the back is for private guests and celebrities.
Downstairs, through the silver open-plan kitchen is a secret door to a private dining room where 7 people can dine elusively with the private chef at their beck and call to create bespoke dishes in front of their eyes until they are comfortably full.
With an established Japanese super star chef team, a sexy minimalist interior with light greys which reminds one of Tom Ford's house in London, and valet parking, we can't wait to see what this restaurant has in store us...
21 Grosvenor Gardens
2. The Library
The Library on 112 St Martins Lane just launched from Ronald Ndoro on the 25th June 2014 with an array of celebrity guests including Jonathan Ross, Paloma Faith, Nicky Clarke, and Amber Atherton.
High-profile members include Irvine Welsh, Caitlin Moran and John Niven.
A private literary members club designed by Marc Peridis and his team (known for designing Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Sketch) with a double mezzanine, fireplace, stage, and two old fashioned bars inside and another one on the top floor open-air terrace, restaurant, gym, modern art, an array of books, and a members hotel. The Library is a great place for hosting private functions for the creative industry with an artsy twist.
112 St Martins Lane
T: + 44 (0) 203 302 7912
3. Oscar Wilde Bar at Hotel Café Royal
Oscar Wilde Bar at Cafe Royal Hotel at 68 Regent Street right next to Piccadilly station is a beautiful neo-classical golden restaurant and bar with the Black Cat Cabaret which performs live music every Friday and Saturday and a cool house DJ every Thursday with an influx of beautiful models swanning around the grand room.
It's former guests have includes Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Elizabeth Taylor and relaunched with a bang with the Miu Miu/Prada party.
Now serving afternoon tea, open at night and available for private hire, the 80-person opulent room is an elegant place for upscale events for the most discerning client.
Oscar Wilde Bar
Hotel Cafe Royal
68 Regent Street
T: + 44 (0) 207 406 3310
An underground tequila bar and listed in Esquire's Little Black Book as one of the ten best bars in London, TONTERIA is an outrageous mad little hot spot for delicious food and outrageous fun!
Tonteria serves lobster burritos (the Naked Lobsturrito), the Mexican Mudbath (an actual mini bathtub with hot chocolate served with strawberries, marshmallows, and donuts) as well as traditional Mexican tapas and fresh raspberry, mango, lychee, passion fruit, blue Curacao, and XB Sex on the beach frozen margaritas which can be delivered to you in tiny shot glasses on the Tonteria Express train which whizzes around this club.
Guests include A-list celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will I Am, Robin Thicke, APL of Black Eyed Peas, Axl Rose of Guns n Roses, Nicole Scherzinger, The Pussycat Dolls, Ed Sheeran, Tyson Beckford and others.
Open till 3am 4 days a week - Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, this ingenious little find is a great place for having loads of fun and loads of tequila!
7-12 Sloane Square
T: 020 7881 5991
5. Lido Mar Private Club, Montenegro
International jet set location for the filming of James Bond's Casino Royale with Daniel Craig, location of the last big budget Vivienne Westwood catwalk show, and upcoming yacht mooring destination for the super rich.
The Lido Mar is gorgeous and only a 3-hour flight from London. With fresh waters, an infinity pool that looks onto a sea of yachts, modern architecture and a mezzanine terrace restaurant in the shape of a yacht with a poolside bar, the Lido Mar has just launched a private members club open till 3am.
I had a delicious dinner of steak, wines, watermelon granitas and homemade macaroons with coffee atop the terrace at midnight after the Vivienne Westwood show and it is my favourite new location.
Lido Mar d.o.o.
Obala bb 85320 Tivat
T: + 382 (0) 6730 2322
6. Soho House Istanbul
Due to launch this December 2014 in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, Soho House Turkey will be the biggest house yet with an 87 bedroom hotel, a rooftop swimming pool, Cowshed spa, cinema, Cecconi's restaurant, a ballroom, and underground parking.
Made up of three large buildings: the Palazzo, the Chancery, the Annex, and a fourth modern structure, the gorgeous space surrounded by a beautiful garden will be in the Grand Palazzo Corpi, Istanbul's first American Consulate.
40 Greek Street
T: +44 (0) 207 734 5188
7. Mondrian Hotel, Southbank
Designed by iconic interior designer Tom Dixon, Mondrian London at Sea Containers on the South Bank of the Thames will launch with huge media attention late summer 2014.
Part of Morgans Hotel Group and famed in Los Angeles and New York for its minimalist design, simplicity, cocktails, and a hot buzzy A-list crowd, the first Mondrian property in Europe will be located 5 minutes walk from the Tate Modern London and span over 250,000 square feet, boasting a restaurant, cocktail bar, rooftop lounge and terrace, private function rooms, 359 guest rooms and suites, and an agua spa with 6 treatment rooms.
Mondrian London at Sea Containers
20 Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PD
Tel: +44 (0) 203 747 1000
Guest blog by Jessica Patterson, owner White Label Media