A new exhibition by the notorious Chapman Bros has opened at te White Cube
Dutch insurance conglomerate and fund manager, ING, is selling part of its London property portfolio including 5 Savile Row. Property Week reports that the 32,000ft block is being marketed at Ã‚Â£43million, having been purchased from GE Real Estate earlier this year for Ã‚Â£51million.
The Royal Institution of Great Britain, based in Albemarle St, today received a visit from the Queen to mark its Ã‚Â£22million refurbishment. She was shown around the impressive remodelled facilities, and witnessed a demonstration of Heston Blumenthal fusing food and science
Famed for its popular, televised Christmas Lectures, the RI has been in in its historic Albemarle St premises since 1799, where it has been devoted to scientific education and research.
The refurbishment of the space, designed by renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell, has created a new feel to the RI with three levels of museum space, a stunning atrium, new cafe and restaurant, as well as keeping the existing Grade 1 listed rooms such as the Faraday theatre where the Christmas lectures are given.
The RI is a great place to visit, and thanks to its redevelopment, also makes an excellent venue for private hire.
Savile Row is to benefit from an upgrade to its street lighting and a decluttering of its street furniture. The BBC has reported that a makeover this Autumn will see electric lamps in the style of Victorian gas-lamps placed along the eastern side of the famous road, and existing lighting will be removed altogether from the western side.
The Beeb quotes Mark Henderson, Chairman of Savile Row Bespoke, saying: “We are delighted with the new lamps, which are perfectly suited to reflect the street’s excellence and prestigious heritage.”
I read this week of the death of John Fenwick, at the age of 99 – just 37 days before his 100th birthday. Fenwick was established in 1882 and has always been a family firm – John Fenwick was the grandson of the company founder and took charge of the chain himself in 1972. The firm’s origins are in Newcastle, but its Bond Street is one of my favourite Mayfair stores.
Dolce and Gabbana in Old Bond Street was hit by “smash and grab” robbers on Monday night. Following the template which has become so common at designer stores in London, the robbers turned up on motor bikes, smashed their way in and made off with as much as they could carry.
Actor Casey Affleck will be on hand to answer questions at the Curzon cinema in Mayfair following a screening of his new film, ‘Gone Baby Gone’, on Tuesday May 27th at 6.15pm.
The movie is a taught, emotional thriller and is directed by Casey’s older brother, Ben Affleck. To catch up with Casey, who is making a name for himself in small scale independent cinema, book a ticket for the event – Ã‚Â£12 per ticket or Ã‚Â£9 for members.
For more information, visit the Curzon website.
The Residents’ Society of Mayfair and St James (RSMSJ) have announced that this year’s Summer Garden Party will take place on June 9th in Mount Street Gardens.
The event will be co-hosted by Grosvenor, and the Duke of Westminster will be on hand to open the party, which brings together businesses, residents and guests.
Guests will sample oysters from WiltonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Restaurant Oyster Bar, canapÃƒÂ©s from HarryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bar, organic award-winning quiches from Allens Patisserie and appetisers from Sofra Restaurant. Claridges and The Connaught are providing Champagne; Knight Frank are hosting a cocktail bar and London Dry Gin will be available for tasting, all accompanied by cocktail jazz and blues from The Blues Engineers, courtesy of The Dover Street Restaurant.
Tickets to the event cost Ã‚Â£20 and are available in advance from Mayfair Library or directly from the RSMSJ – call Cindy Hacker on 020 7629 2998.
Robin Gibb has unveiled a Green Plaque at 67 Brook Street, Mayfair, which draws attention to the fact that the Bee Gees composed and stayed there between 1968 and 1980.
The plaque is a joint effort by Westminster Council and The Heritage Foundation, which Robin Gibb is currently the president of. According to the council website, “The Green Plaques Scheme celebrates the remarkable endeavours of some of its former residents.”
A number of fans turned up for the unveiling, and Robin Gibb spent time talking to them before attending a charity lunch at Grosvenor House hotel.
An exhibition of drawings and sketches by Bob Dylan will go on show at Mayfair’s Halcyon Gallery in June. The show will have the title, “The Drawn Blank Series” and will feature works by Dylan that were done whilst on the road between 1989 and 1992.
The BBC quotes Halcyon president, Paul Green, as saying: “This is an incredible opportunity for viewing this powerful body of work which gives an insight into the artist’s soul and which have already been the subject of widespread critical acclaim.”
The cultural icon’s pieces will be on display at the Halycon from June 14th. For more information, visit the website of the Halcyon Gallery.