Topic: Hotels & Restaurants
Ritz Carlton to Open in Tunisia
The first Ritz Carlton in Tunisia (the smallest country in North Africa) is due to be completed and open in late 2014. The hotel will host 129 suites as well as seven food and beverage outlets, a spa and even an expansive ballroom.
The hotel will be located next to the Presidential Palace on the Mediterranean Sea in a suburb of Tunisia’s capital city, Tunis, called Cathage-SidiBou Said. It is also very close to...
Celebrity Chef Susur Lee to Open Restaurant at One World Trade Centre
Susur Lee is perhaps best known for his appearances on Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters. He has just announced that he will be opening a restaurant in One World Trade Centre, this will be his second attempt at a restaurant in New York City.
The restaurant is slated to open in...
SIMON ROGAN ANNOUNCED AS GORDON RAMSAY’S SUCCESSOR AT CLARIDGE’S
It has been confirmed that Simon Rogan will be opening a new restaurant at the London hotel next year. The British chef will take up the reigns recently laid down by Gordon Ramsay last...
Versace’s Multi-Million Mansion to be converted into Hotel
Gianni Versace’s multi-million dollar mansion may be transformed into a hotel. On 17th September 2013 the Miami Beach mansion, Casa Cauarina was bought at auction for $41.5 million by the VM South Beach LLC, a group led by investor Joe Nackash. The investment group, who already own five hotels in Miami Beach, including the Victor hotel, had to fend off competition from Eric Trump, the son of real estate tycoon Donald Trump and Glenn Straubb...
Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch to Complete early 2014?
The opening of London’s first Nobu Hotel and restaurant in Shoreditch is expected early 2014. The development is anticipated to have 143 bedrooms and a five metre high basement restaurant which has been designed by architect Ron Arad, who has created a striking space...
Launching: Early 2014
RAMSAY ADDS TO HIS EMPIRE
Gordon Ramsay is set to bring yet another restaurant to the streets of London, adding to his hugely successful string of eateries in the capital and around the globe. He currently owns twenty-eight restaurants and holds an impressive nine Michelin stars. The new restaurant is to be named London House and will be placed in the heart of Battersea Square, where the Bennet Brasserie and Oyster Bar once were, a short walk away from the Thames...
Ham Yard Hotel Set for Completion Late 2013
A previously undeveloped site that was bombed in the blitz, and was acquired for £30m by London based boutique hotel operator Firmdale Hotels is set to be completed as a luxury hotel...
Launching: Late 2013
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: HUDSON HOTEL LAUNCHES IN LONDON
A slice of NYLon luxury comes to London when the Morgans Hotel Group opens a Hudson Hotel in the city. Coinciding with the $30 million modernisation of the original Hudson site in New York, the hotel is rumoured to be on Great Scotland Yard in a century old building, which historically housed the Ministry of Defence...
HO HO HO: Bobby Chinn opens ‘The House of Ho’
East meets the West End as Bobby Chinn gets ready to launch his first UK restaurant, The House of Ho, in London’s Soho. Leaving the bustle of Old Compton Street behind them, diners will enjoy a mouth-watering spread of traditional Vietnamese food with a dynamic twist. Chinn has risen to fame in Vietnam with his two eponymous restaurants...
Launching November 2013
INTERVIEW WITH ‘THE MICHELIN MAN’ ANDY HAYLER
With a culinary career spanning over 20 years, food critic and restaurateur, Andy Hayler (andyhayler.com) is an enviable connoisseur of fine dining. He talks to VeryFirstTo Know about poisonous fish; new restaurants; ‘Harry Potter’ cooking; and his favourite Michelin-starred restaurant.
What is the ingredient to gaining a Michelin star?
Michelin are very secretive about their process, but I assume it is about the things that any diner would look for in a restaurant. You are looking for high quality ingredients, presented nicely, cooked accurately and in dishes that make sense i.e. with combinations of flavours that are harmonious and in balance. In addition you, of course, would like a welcoming setting and friendly, efficient service...
Italian design powerhouse Giorgio Armani has become a byword for fashion, style and design. Having turned his attention to hospitality, London is rumoured to welcome the newest Armani Hotel. Situated at the heart of historical London, the imposing Admiralty Arch will become a hive of luxury leisure in the capital...
Launching December 2015
HEART TO HARTNETT
Shoreditch, a hub of art, fashion and design, will welcome a new eatery this autumn, Merchant’s Tavern. The collaboration between Angela Harnett, Chef Neil Borthwick and Canteen founders, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone, is an update on the classic tavern. Its name is from the team’s shared belief that chefs are modern ‘merchants of good fortune’...
Launching September 2013
THE GREAT GOURMET GET-AWAY
Eat your way around the world’s finest restaurants with VeryFirstTo and Holidaysplease.co.uk. One lucky couple will dine at every Michelin 3 Star restaurant in the world for £182,000, flying business class and staying in the 5 star hotels. With 109 restaurants on the itinerary in 12 countries over 6 months, this has to be the most delicious journey ever.
Collaborating with award winning online travel agent Holidaysplease.co.uk, VeryFirstTo has created the food lover’s dream escape. The couple will dine at the Michelin starred restaurants every other day, leaving them plenty of time to explore the local sites in addition to savouring the mouthwatering delights of each eatery. A donation of £1,500 will be made to charity The Prince’s Trust, that helps change young lives, once the trip is purchased...
New Eatery: Park Chinois
The Pooch Escape
One very lucky dog will have the most luxurious canine holiday of all time. From his chauffer collection, to the moment he wags his tail goodbye to the prestigious Paw Seasons luxury dog hotel in Bristol – he will have enjoyed an action-packed and unforgettably lavish fortnight for £47,000.
The unprecedented dog break includes everything from a sumptuous suite at the hotel, a personal chef and local walks complete with dog must-have Billy + Margot ice cream, a surfing lesson and spa treatment at The Pet Spa at Harrods.
The exclusive package also features a private running session with 400m hurdle Commonwealth and World Champion Dai Greene and a day with author and TV dog behavior expert Stan Rawlinson ‘The Dog Whisperer’. After all the activity, he can relax with reiki sessions by Rob Fellows of Reiki 4 Dogs.
Forget a postcard, on this trip souvenirs include a luxury wardrobe including a Louis Vuitton collar and Mulberry raincoat, a bespoke crafted doghouse replicating the dog’s own home, a bespoke solid bronze car mascot of the dog as well as a portrait by artist Jo Chambers...
Bon Appetit, Boulestin Style
One of London’s most influential restaurants reopens its doors after a 19-year hiatus. Joel Kissin, Sir Terence Conran’s former business partner, will open Boulestin on the former site of L’Oranger in St James’s.
The bistro is inspired by the philosophy and culinary ethos of Frenchman Marcel Boulestin, who ran his eponymous restaurant in Covent Garden. The influential food writer was revered for championing French cuisine in the UK and was Britain’s first TV celebrity chef back in the 1930s...
Launching September 2013
A New Beginning
Gordan Ramsay has announced he’ll be serving his last meal at Claridge’s on the 30th June this year. Thomas Kochs, General Manager at Claridge’s, said: "We thank Gordon and his team for the incredible dedication they have shown in making the restaurant such a success, it has undoubtedly made an important contribution to Claridge’s gastronomic history." With the opening of his new Union Street Café in Borough this autumn, not to mention an exciting partnership with none other than David Beckham, there’s much to be anticipated from the celebrity chef. But with an opening in one of London’s oldest and most respected hotels, who is to step up to the chopping board?
Opening: TBC 2013
Traditional Modern Luxury
Since 1979 Rosewood Hotels and Resorts have been devoted to bringing exclusive luxury and extravagance to all corners of the world. The Rosewood Hotel Group prides itself on providing, with each hotel, a one-of-a-kind ambiance designed to enhance every aspect of their guest’s experiences.
It can be expected that The Rosewood Hotel London might not bestow quite the same exotic ambiance as its sister resorts in the Caribbean, but in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities, Rosewood is looking to provide the same level of luxury combining a fusion of tradition and modern urban elegance. With an £85,000,000 renovation of a 1914 Edwardian grade II-listed building, this new venture should do nothing but impress even the most sophisticated of travellers.
Initial renderings reveal the historic building is to host 262 guestrooms and 44 suites, a wood-panelled library/ lounge, and various public spaces filled with books and artwork. The Manor House Suite, with private elevator even has its own street entrance. In addition, the just as eagerly anticipated restaurant and bar by Martin Brudnizki of Scott’s and Le Caprice, is the icing on the cake...
Opening: October 2013
FENDI COLLABORATES IN DUBAI
Dubai-based property developer Damac is set to launch two new residential projects in partnership with luxury fashion brand Fendi. Damac revealed that it is building a 150m-high tower in Riyadh branded as Damac Esclusiva Luxury Serviced Apartments as well as taking the top 42 floors of a tower in Dubai Marina branded as Damac Residenze...
DAVID BECKHAM’S EXTRA HELPINGS
Talk of Union Street Café - Gordon Ramsey’s new London restaurant – has been circulating for many months, however details of an opening schedule have been limited...
Opening: September 2013
A Taste of Hollywood
2013 will see a number of new delights joining London’s ever-growing hotel and restaurant industry, the most intriguing of which has to be André Balazs’ first European hotel.
Balazs’ property portfolio includes The Mercer Hotel in New York and the legendary Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, which has gained notoriety, in part due to the wild antics of the rich and famous. Now Marylebone is to house Balazs’ first Hollywood style hotel in London.
Opening: Late 2013
Set to open in September, Chotto Matte restaurant and bar will offer guests fresh, high quality Japanese inspired Nikkei cuisine. Featuring a tasting menu of seven courses for a reasonable £40, the Peruvian and Japanese fusion menu will bring something a little different to London’s West End.
Four distinct areas split over three floors will house a lounge, sushi bar, robata grill, and a 180-cover restaurant offering guests a multi-layered experience that blurs the boundaries between modern and traditional aesthetics. Hiroki Takemura, the former head of Nobu and Zuma’s highly acclaimed kitchens, has developed Chotto Matte’s menu. And, with a large collection of fine wines, sakes, shochu and premium Japanese whiskies, guests can also experience a comprehensive choice of drinks which complement the delicious food...
Opening: September 2013
Beaumont Boutique on Balderton Street
Restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin have once again popped up on our radar. This time the duo is set to open a boutique hotel in the heart of Mayfair. The original 1920’s Art Deco structure of the former Avis building will be home to the 75-room Beaumont hotel...
Beagle - A Unique, Conceptual Eatery
It’s clear that concept restaurants are to lead the way in 2013, as the industry continues to reinvent itself, and restaurateurs in London look to get ahead of their competitors. Beagle restaurant is an example of the unique conceptual eateries that are popping up this year, all of which are exploring new niches in the luxury market...
Opening: March 2013
10 Trinity Square gets a Ritz renovation
Under the joint investment of KOP Properties and the Reignwood Group, the Asian invasion of London’s luxury hotel industry has revealed itself once again. These Asian investors have released exciting plans for a luxury hotel and private residences at London’s iconic 10 Trinity Square, next to the Tower of London. Under their joint venture, the Grade II listed building and three acre site will be converted into a luxury 120-bedroom hotel with private members’ club, spa, restaurants and 37 private luxury residencies...
Opening: September 2014
Pintxos in Piccadilly
Australian chef Ash Mair, who won 2011's much loved TV series MasterChef - the Professionals, has confirmed that he's opening his first restaurant in London. The chef was offered the opportunity to help expand Bilbao Berria in London following the success of its restaurants throughout Spain...
Opening: Spring 2013
East is East - Nobu's latest venture
High end Japanese restaurant chain, Nobu, famously owned by Robert De Niro and headed by top chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has confirmed that it is to partner with boutique hotel developer Meir Abutbul to build a 143-bedroom hotel in London’s trendy East End.
After rumours of the restaurant’s desires to spread out from its established homes in Mayfair, plans for the Shoreditch hotel don’t come as a surprise. With the launch of the first Nobu Hotel at Ceaser’s Palace, Las Vegas in February next year, guests of its European sister are surely in for a treat with this luxury infused, celebrity driven exhibition.
Two New Additions to London’s Fine Dining
London bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan, which has brought some of London’s finest culinary establishments, will add another two sites to its portfolio in 2013.
The Happenstance will be an impressive 8,000 square foot, 238-cover site in St Paul’s Churchyard. With floor to ceiling windows the restaurant’s prime location will offer stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral...
Peruvian Goes East
Following the success of Ceviche Soho, ex-DJ turned restaurateur Martin Morales, has decided to transport his Peruvian Kitchen and Pisco Bar from the famous West end district and make the strategic move east to trendy Shoreditch...
Opening: Spring 2013
A band new EDITION
The Berners Hotel in London is undergoing a rigorous redevelopment programme. The site, now owned by the world-renowned hotel group Marriot International is expected to open in 2013 as the group’s first EDITION branded hotel in the UK. Conceived by Ian Schrager in partnership with Marriot International, EDITION is the group’s boutique arm of it holdings, which offers the same standards you’d expect to see at a Marriot hotel, but in a more intimate setting.
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