Annabel’s Raises The Roof

By Lottie Hulme |
16th May 2019

The ultimate pin up girl of a private members’ club, Annabel’s, has wowed many a star-studded being with its sensational elegance and vibrancy. For a certain strata, the £65m refurb at the hand of restaurateur Richard Caring and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (The Ivy, Sexy Fish, 34 Mayfair) was hotly-anticpated, and rightly so. Exuding glamour across its many rooms including a powder room billed as the most beautiful in town, Annabel’s is the outrageously gorgeous spot frequented by all, from Mick Jagger to Madonna.

A real eye-catcher and apt point of conversation as Chelsea Flower Show booms across London is the Garden Room, as it gets ready to throw open its roof for the summer months and immerse diners in a hefty amount of al-fresco. Exuding Wimbledon-esque vibes, you’ll clink Champagne and dine amongst a setting of flora and fauna, positioned in the beating heart of Annabel’s. The retractable glass roof comes by the hand of steel architects Waagner Biro, of the British Museum and Reichstag Dome in Berlin, and it’s retractable-ness gives guests the chance to dine under sun or stars in the glorious setting – no wonder the celebs love it! The snazzy roof closes in just four minutes, so if the heavens open you’ll most likely just experience a few drops on your sirloin. The 24-ton roof offering comes equipped with an employed weather reporter who, each morning, contemplates whether or not the roof should be opened or closed. Yep, talk about attention to detail!

Founded in 1963, Annabel’s is arguably one of the most elegant private clubs in London, yet the Garden Room really does inject the quintessential Britishness into the space. And, for more of the latter, you can enjoy botanically-inspired celebrations across all four floors of the historic townhouse as a nod to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, from the 20th-25th of May.

There will be a marvellous event series courtesy of Ketel One Botanical and the iconic façade and Instagram staple of Annabel’s will be transformed by FLOWERBX co-founder Whitney Bromberg Hawkings. Concerning the matter of magnolia’s on the mind, lucky members will be able to learn about the Jo Malone CBE Jo Loves brand, as the pioneer herself joins Annabel’s for a conversation about her creation of ““Net-a-Porter of the flower business”. What’s more, you can indulge in a botanical afternoon tea that includes highlights of coconut basil panna cotta and sultana and orange blossom scones, paired with cocktails using Ketel One Botanical which uses natural fruit essences and, of course, real botanicals. Blooming marvellous is what we have to say to that!

Annabel’s can be found at 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5AT, www.annabels.co.uk

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