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    Maybourne Papers - The Connaught, Maybourne Hotel Group, London, United Kingdom Maybourne Papers - The Connaught, Maybourne Hotel Group, London, United Kingdom Document Transcript

    • the connaught Modern Mayfair the maybourne papers the connaught issue 1 / winter 2009 - 2010 1
    • the connaught the connaught Welcome to the first issue of the Connaught paper, a round up of round up news and events. Connaught paper, a thoughts, of thoughts, news and events. renaissance of In this issue we reflect on the Mayfair andwe reflect on the the seasons festivities. In this issue look forward to We will alsoof Mayfair and our new private renaissance be introducing look entertaining rooms designed by Guy Oliver, forward to the season’s festivities. unveiling ourbe introducing our We will also top floor private apartment designed by David Collins and previewing new private entertaining rooms the Aman Spa. Oliver, unveiling designed by Guy our top floor private apartment to our website For more information please refer designed by David Collins and the-connaught.com previewing the Aman Spa. Please send correspondence to editor@maybourne.com For more information please refer to our website the-connaught.co.uk Please send correspondence to editor@maybourne.com 2 3
    • the connaught the connaught Winter • Amenities Descamps bedlinen for the main and guest bedroom (450 threadcount) Wonderland • • Complimentary bottle of Krug champagne on arrival Chauffeur-driven transfer to & from airport • Personalised robes This season the Connaught has • Bamford organic and natural unveiled its top floor private bathroom amenities apartment. Designed by David • Complimentary soft drinks Collins, the sumptuous apartment and water from the mini-bar • Complimentary movies features a roof terrace with sweeping • Complimentary use of hptx2 views over Carlos Place, a private state-of-the-art laptops staircase entrance and a spacious • Children’s sized dressing gowns and slippers sitting-room. Among other benefits, • Complimentary use of Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 and selection of games guests of this luxurious apartment • 24-hour private butler service will be served by a dedicated Butler. • Complimentary clothes pressing of up to four items • Hélène Darroze fine dining in the private dining room • Guaranteed access to Aman Spa and treatments The spacious sitting-room in an understated The airy master bedroom, in gold-suffused The two spacious wrap-around terraces palette of heathery blues and ocean greys, cream and blue, with silk and lace canopied affording magnificent views over Mayfair, double height vaulted ceiling, lavender- King-sized bed, grosgrain ribbon detailed complete with garden furniture and topiary veined marble fireplace, inviting navy blue walls, bespoke furniture including a designed by six time Chelsea Flower Show velvet sofas, romantic window seats and crocodile topped table housing a plasma gold medallist Tom Stuart-Smith. wrap around balconies. TV and DVD player, adjoining dressing room, en suite bathroom and King-sized guest bedroom with en suite bathroom. 4 5
    • the connaught the connaught The Connaught Noël Dinner new Year’s eve Join us for a very special Christmas £135 at Carlos Place. From Christmas Eve to Boxing day the Connaught Leek and potato velouté, will spoil you with magical surprises Dinner 24th of December ricotta green gnocchi, poached baby leeks, black truffle from Périgord and the most delicious menus. £70 —— Duck foie gras from Les Landes panacotta, Eggnog and mince pies on arrival In Festive • white truffle from Alba “ice-cream”, • English breakfast on Christmas morning chestnut emulsion Spirit —— • H orse-drawn carriage ride through Ravioli of Rosewalt potato, Mayfair village on Christmas morning Scottish scallop with hot chocolate or mulled wine Scottish scallop tartare with lime and and black truffle from Périgord, and mince pies In addition to our Christmas programme, Aquitaine caviar, chicken jus • Christmas lunch in Espelette, cuisine between Friday 18th December 2009 Britanny cauliflower velouté —— —— Roasted venison with Lampong pepper, by Hélène Darroze and Sunday 10th January 2010 inclusive, pumpkin mousseline, Crispy pancake of blue lobster, (For an additional £85pp guests can the Connaught is pleased to offer spinach and cèpes, Lunch 25th of December Grand-Veneur sauce, dine in Hélène Darroze at the Connaught) guests rooms from as little as £295 per pink champagne sauce Adults £95 / Children £55 stilton Chantilly • Christmas cocktail in one of the bars night room only for two people sharing —— —— a Superior King-bedded room. Dodine of yellow capon from Les Landes White chocolate dome • Brunch in Hélène Darroze at the stuffed with duck foie gras and chestnuts, with light cottage cheese, Connaught on Boxing Day blackcurrant jus Minimum length of stay applies. creamy salsifis and roasted girolles, • 4pm late checkout black truffle emulsion —— Price excludes vat. • Concierge can assist with booking —— “Alpaco” chocolate cream, midnight mass at local churches Christmas log with hazelnut, Smoked Scottish salmon, chocolate cake, coffee Chantilly, Jivara chocolate and crispy praline potato waffles with dill Jersey granite, opaline With rates from £650pp for a Deluxe King —— cream and chives, room, based on two people sharing. caviar from Aquitaine —— The Connaught is helping to protect Duck foie gras from Les Landes penguins, polar bears and their habitats. cooked “au torchon” with Jurançon sweet wine, Our Christmas programme therefore The Connaught Noël Terms & Conditions Christmas chutney includes your choice of a wwf “Help Save A deposit of 25% per person will be —— Me” polar bear or penguin pack. Included taken at time of booking to guarantee Roasted Scottish scallop, is a delightful cuddly polar bear or penguin your reservation. You may cancel your spelt wheat risotto, beetroot reduction, according to your choice. reservation up to 1st December 2009, lemongrass emulsion —— after which the deposit becomes non- For reservations and further information Traditional Christmas turkey refundable. Full charge payable for —— about the Connaught Noël, please call cancellations on or after 11th December Christmas pudding, +44(0)20 7107 8843, email reservations@ 2009. Offers are subject to availability. Brandy sauce the-connaught.co.uk or visit the-connaught. —— Rates include vat at 15% and exclude a co.uk quoting “the Connaught Noël ”. 5% discretionary service charge. Offers Please state your preference for a penguin may not be used in association with or polar bear when booking. any other offers or negotiated rates and apply to new bookings only. Calls may be monitored for quality control and training purposes. Lunch and dinner exclusive of beverages. One cocktail per person. Minimum two night stay. 6 7
    • the connaught the connaught The Private Portfolio This season the Connaught unveils Leaded windows provide tranquil views a suite of new private entertaining over the neighbouring mews. From here a staircase leads to the Ballroom, entered rooms for groups of six to 200. through impressive silver and bronze double Designed by Guy Oliver and doors. The walls are hung with silver featuring a delightful courtyard satinised silk, with a hint of lavender, set garden created by six times Chelsea between silver grey marble pilasters supporting the coffered ceiling lit by ten gold medallist Tom Stuart-Smith. especially designed hand-made chandeliers. Here up to 120 guests can be seated for lunch or dinner and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and a sprung parquet dance floor set within a marble border, make the space an excellent choice for gala The Connaught has long been one of dinners, presentations, private screenings, London’s most exclusive venues. Now, and exclusive catwalk shows. The area may in addition to its two historic meeting and also be divided into two and is the first dining rooms, the Georgian and Regency Ballroom to be built in Mayfair for 80 years. Rooms, a sumptuous ballroom and two more The two smaller syndicate rooms intimate meeting and dining spaces are accommodate up to six and 12 guests being added, designed with unique flair by respectively, perfect for board meetings leading interiors expert Guy Oliver. This and power dining. Lined with silvered oak means that the hotel will now cater with panelling and mirrored ceilings, their style for any size of event between six and decorative windows overlook the gardens. 200 guests, enjoying Michelin-starred menus For further information please contact from acclaimed cuisinière Hélène Darroze. the Connaught events team on Approached via a delightful courtyard +44 (0)20 7107 8894 garden designed by six times Chelsea gold medallist Tom Stuart-Smith, along barrel-vaulted paths of Portland stone, the feeling is very much part of the buzzy Mayfair Village scene, with vitrines displaying the cream of the area’s fashionable boutiques and galleries. The look is thirties but with a most contemporary twist. The Meeting Suite, lined in stone, with its mirrored ceiling echoed in the circular pattern of the black and white marble flooring, allows up to 120 guests to gather in comfort. This flexible area also divides to provide a smaller gathering space and a meeting or presentation room for up to 60 people, or alternatively a dining room and a secondary meeting room for up to 20 guests. 8 9
    • the connaught the connaught Martini Matters You may consider yourself a Martini connoisseur: but until you have tried one at the Connaught Bar, you haven’t lived. First, the bar trolley is wheeled to your table. Choose from a selection of the best gins or vodkas, then choose the flavour of your choice from an array of test tubes: vanilla, coriander and liquorice are the favourites. The bartender stirs (never shakes, James Bond take note), and serves up in a Lalique glass, Santé. For reservations at the Connaught Bar and more information please contact the Connaught on +44 (0)20 7499 7070 MLAB, M’Lord This season, lucky suite guests at the Connaught will receive a complimentary package of MLAB cosmeceutical skincare, the most efficacious and luxurious anti- aging formula in the world. They will also benefit from the specialist anti-aging skincare and product training each Connaught Butler has received. MLAB is the flagship product of Milbar Laboratories, a leader in innovative professional skincare developed for dermatologists and plastic surgeons for over 25 years. This is skincare for the twenty first century and includes remarkable, un-precedented levels of clinically active ingredients combined in an effective matrix formula that targets all signs of skin aging. MLAB is available exclusively for purchase online at mlabonline.com and also at Harrods, London. 10 11
    • the connaught the connaught Back to the future, Modern Mayfair With a growing shift in values, is our appreciation for the authentic and the rare making a come back? During the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s we became The Connaught tackled what would seem obsessed with the future, what it looked like, an impossible task, to retain exemplary what dangers it would bring, how it would traditional service, a central location in change us and how we could get there even the bit of Mayfair that matters and that more quickly. We wanted everything faster, Connaught feeling you can’t put your finger bigger, newer and with this yearning to fast on - like an established country house, with forward came an appreciation of technology the most charming host, slap bang in the over tried and trusted methods, a love of middle of the city. All of this was combined automation over personalization and a boom with the best contemporary design, a brave in mass produced luxuries which sadly and brilliant art buyer and some of the suffocated a traditional market in authentic youngest, hottest talent around, from the specialist goods. Having sated our appetites Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze in the for space age gadgets, minimalist kitchen to the young international team environments and luxury defined by logo of front of house managers. Far from being there has been a slow but steady return in intimidated by the history, they have recent years to an appreciation for the embraced the best of its past and seamlessly authentic, the specialist and the rare. combined it with an energy and efficiency which is bang up to date. This shift in values coincided beautifully with the re-birth of Mayfair and more particularly, Mayfair is no stranger to excellence and has the Connaught on Carlos Place, London’s long been home to the specialist, Allens of legendary home of authenticity and quality, Mayfair is the oldest butcher in the district, a place at once buzzing with the palpable established in 1830 and is still a mark of energy (and money!) of the new Mayfair exemplary quality, although they are now and protecting and promoting an enviable more likely to be selling filet to a fund heritage in obsessive attention to detail, manager than quail to the kitchen maid. provenance and service. 12 13
    • the connaught the connaught More and more of us are now engaged in This focus on the personal and re-thinking the pleasurable pursuit of excellence, what really matters today extends through the refined editing of experience, seeking the hotel and is even reflected in the out the very best and perhaps more provenance of the produce used in the importantly wanting to evaluate experiences hotels restaurants and bars. Explore the for ourselves and understand why we think menus and you will find a delightful something is superior. It’s perhaps no surprise selection of jams produced by French then that these few streets in Mayfair, maker Christine Ferber and exquisite known locally as Mayfair Village have brandy made with artisan methods by attracted some of the most desirable Hélène Darroze’s father. international brands. We can credit Marc The Connaught is typically modest when Jacobs with putting Mount Street back on pushed on this approach, they simply state the map as a home to desirable, unique that their guests are very special, as boutiques and since its launch in 2007, connoisseurs of luxury they demand Mount Street and Carlos Place have been authentic knowledge, a superior experience transformed with Balenciaga, Diane von and personalization where possible. It is this Furstenberg, Louboutin, Lanvin, that they believe has driven the renaissance Wunderkind and most recently Goyard of the expert. After an afternoon spent moving in. One can still shop for guns, people watching in the Coburg bar I can game and badger brushes for your bristles only agree, the people they are catering for thanks to James Purdey and sons and are a rare breed, an exciting mix, rarely seen Thomas Goode. together anywhere else, a kind of big game At the heart of this Mayfair Village is the park of London life, you can wander in and Connaught, which promotes the age old witness the big five (fashion, art, politics, question, which came first the chicken or money and society) clearly delighting in an the egg?, Carlos Place or the Connaught? experience which blends the best of the old No matter, however they came about it’s a and the best of the new. The renaissance of marriage made in heaven. With the the Connaught reflects a wider trend, a confidence of a business rooted in the past return to the expertise, dedication and but with a very clear vision of the future the quality for which Mayfair has always been Connaught has made over their butler renowned. Long live authentic luxury! service for the 21st Century. Their butlers The Editor can advise on anything from styling to editor@maybourne.com skincare, IT to high tea and each of them has been trained by John Lobb to provide the best shoe shine in London. 14 15
    • the connaught the connaught Gourmet Brunch is a subject very close to Hélène’s heart, she says “I fondly recall many long weekend brunches that I enjoy preparing for Brunch my friends in France and Britain. Sunny mornings in early Spring, the smell of freshly baked breads and the perfect company As one of France’s most celebrated of family and friends all on one table make chefs, two Michelin-starred brunch the most cherished moment of my weekend.” Once inside her eponymous Hélène Darroze has reinvented restaurant guests are treated to a variety the traditional Saturday brunch. of flavourful cured meats and country-style pâtés including Bayonne ham and chorizo which are all sourced from Pierre Oteiza, one of Darroze’s favourite Basque delicatessen shops. A true gourmet treat, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught is the perfect conclusion to a chic Mayfair morning and the must- 16 17 visit destination for a fashionable weekend get-together.
    • the connaught the connaught All is calm All is bright Winter has most certainly arrived and with it the dreaded dull complexions and seasonal fatigue of contemporary urban life. Shorter days, darker nights and the ‘wonderful’ London weather all conspire to sap energy and increase stress. Thank goodness for the Connaught, with its usual uncanny timing and knack for knowing what we want before we do our- selves, the hotel has just launched a new Aman Spa. A serious destination spa with a menu which reflects the flavours of each of the Aman locations. Luxurious contem- porary design with an Asian touch, holistic consultants, treatment rooms with personal steam rooms and a unique range of signature treatments, the spa has been described as ‘the ne plus ultra of city spas in the heart of the world’s greatest city... escape into a quiet, sensual place where you are looked after, in the heart of a coddling hotel in the centre of the most exclusive part of London’. For reservations and more information please contact the Connaught on +44 (0)20 7499 7070 18 19
    • the connaught the connaught Urban Gentry Discover little-known gems and The Capital Art tour takes you through visit off-the-radar sites. With tours London’s contemporary art epicentre to the creative hotbed of London’s East End. full of secrets no guide book could Guided by a local in-the-know artist you ever reveal, Maybourne Hotel will discover some of Europe’s most exciting Group has teamed up with the and stimulating galleries and artists. hippest tour company, Urban The tour starts with an introduction and Gentry to create a series of über talk by an East End gallery owner and/or stylish bespoke weekend packages. dealer just east of London’s financial district. Once a scruffy wasteland, the early 1990s marked the transformation of the East End and today it plays a pivotal role in the world’s contemporary art scene. Example venues include Ibid Projects, Alma Enterprises, Fred, David Reisley Gallery, One in the Other, Vilma Gold, T1+2, Paradise Row, Concrete Hermit, T-Building, Flowers East, White Cube The tours are available Tuesday - Sunday at a time to suit you, starting after 11am. To fully enjoy the experience you will need to set aside half a day. Transport - A private car or Black cab will take you to and around East London and return you to the Connaught at the end of the trip Fee - £65 per hour For further information and bookings please email concierge@the-connaught.co.uk or call +44 (0)20 7499 7070 20 21
    • 1 the connaught the connaught 23 Goyard Select from an array of accessories uniquely designed by La Maison Goyard’s meticulous atelier. With their new delivery of dog leads and collars arriving soon, walks through Mayfair with man’s best friend have never been so enviable. Mount Street Printers Established in 1981 as creators of fine stationery and exquisite Christian Louboutin bespoke items. Treat your Indulge in the ultimate friends and family to the sophistication with a most sumptuous hand crafted pair of ‘Lady Page’ high 4 In the Bag Christmas cards in all number heels. Created from of traditional finishes. Or choose ‘Lie de vin’ silk with a their gilt Edged place cards to navy velvet trim and finish your Christmas table. a hand-stitched velvet Mayfair Village shopping is an bow, these shoes experience not to be missed, with are perfection! some of the finest brands on offer, we select this seasons must haves. Marc Jacobs If you don’t already have one, the Eugenie clutch is the perfect purchase of the season. With its gold clasp detail and delicate studs, this quilted clutch is sure to be a firm favourite for seasons to come. 5 22 William & Son Appointed by Her Majesty the Queen in January 2009 there really is no finer place to buy all things exquisite. A Graf Von Faber-Castell fountain pen comes highly recommended, and the bespoke engraving is a must. 23
    • 1 23 Goyard Select from an array of accessories uniquely designed by La Maison Goyard’s meticulous atelier. With their new delivery of dog leads and collars arriving soon, walks through Mayfair with man’s best friend have never been so enviable. Mount Street Printers Established in 1981 as creators of fine stationery and exquisite Christian Louboutin bespoke items. Treat your Indulge in the ultimate friends and family to the sophistication with a most sumptuous hand crafted pair of ‘Lady Page’ high 4 In the Bag Christmas cards in all number heels. Created from of traditional finishes. Or choose ‘Lie de vin’ silk with a their gilt Edged place cards to navy velvet trim and finish your Christmas table. a hand-stitched velvet Mayfair Village shopping is an bow, these shoes experience not to be missed, with are perfection! some of the finest brands on offer, we select this seasons must haves. Marc Jacobs If you don’t already have one, the Eugenie clutch is the perfect purchase of the season. With its gold clasp detail and delicate studs, this quilted clutch is sure to be a firm favourite for seasons to come. 5 the maybourne papers the connaught issue 1 / winter 2009 - 2010 the connaught carlos place mayfair london w1k 2al 24 William & Son Appointed by Her Majesty the Queen in January 2009 there really is no finer place to buy all things exquisite. A Graf Von Faber-Castell fountain pen comes highly recommended, and the bespoke engraving is a must.