June 30, 2012

Queen's private diamond collection to go on display in London


The Queen's private diamond collection is to go on display at Buckingham Palace, in what is seen as another marker to her diamond jubilee.

More than 10,000 diamonds will be on show this week to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne, culminating in a star studded collection of priceless heirlooms that have been accumulated over her reign.

The exhibition is running from June 30 up until July 8, and then again from July 31 up until October 7, showing pieces of her priceless collection that she has worn in Britain and on tour abroad.

Some of the most famous pieces include Queen Victoria’s small diamond crown which, despite its size, features more than 1,100 diamonds.

A gemstone that was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and was so large that a clerk working at the mine initially threw it away, assuming it was a worthless crystal. An easy mistake to make, of course.

Eventually, though, the stone weighing 3,106 carats in its rough state was presented to King Edward VII who decided to have it cut and polished.

It produced nine principal stones and 96 small brilliant diamonds. The two main gems, the largest colorless and flawless cut diamonds in the world, were set in the Sovereign’s Scepter and Imperial State Crown.

More recently, Queen Elizabeth was gifted the Williamson Diamond in 1947 by Canadian geologist and royalist John Thorburn Williamson, and it is considered the finest pink diamond ever discovered.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit http://www.royalcollection.org/

June 28, 2012

1953 Ian Fleming 'Casino Royale' UK first edition up for grabs


A first edition, first printing copy of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale published by Jonathan Cape in 1953.
This is an incredibly scarce first issue of the first James Bond book.
Casino Royale was first released on 13 April 1953 in the UK as a hardcover edition by publishers Jonathan Cape, priced at 10s, 6d each, with a cover devised by Fleming himself. Just 4,728 copies of Casino Royale were printed, selling out in less than a month.
This is a very good/near fine condition book with only some foxing to the page edge and end-papers. There are no inscriptions inside and the wrapper is unrestored. The wrapper is not price clipped, has no chips and no sunning to the spine. There is some general foxing to the rear panel and a little wear to the top of the spine, but for a first edition like this from almost 60 years ago, the condition is excellent.
It's very rare to find this iconic book in such lovely condition and without restoration - a true collectors' item.
This stunning book comes complete with a custom-made clamshell box.

Rare and first edition books are highly popular amongst experienced collectors and literature lovers. When a book is first released nobody knows if it is going to be a success or critically acclaimed so first edition books would be released in a small print run making them very rare and collectible today. Early books by famous authors can gain thousands at auction. A book that is not a first edition but signed by the author can also gain considerable profit depending on the volume of books signed, with a plain signature being the most profitable.
The habit of building exquisite personal libraries dates back to the Renaissance, when owning a collection of illuminated manuscripts demonstrated one's wealth, erudition and status. The rise of the internet has opened the marketplace for rare and first edition books to a wider audience. A first edition vintage book is an exceedingly good investment that will only appreciate in value if kept in good condition.

Want to know more? Check out the Vintage Seekers website here: http://www.vintageseekers.com/products/1953-ian-fleming-casino-royale-first-uk-edition

June 27, 2012

Go twitching crazy in Anse Chastanet, St Lucia


June 2012... Some small residents are causing quite a stir at Anse Chastanet! The luxury resort in St Lucia has recently announced a series of events that are sure to please Britain’s 3 million “Twitchers”. Guests staying at Anse Chastanet between 1st – 15th September will have the opportunity to partake in special bird watching events hosted by Martyn Kenefick, a Caribbean based ornithologist and bird book author, as he takes up residence at the resort.

Whilst Anse Chastanet offers bird watching year round, a specialist programme has been created for avid bird watchers, including one full day and two half day island excursions to bird watching sites off the resort property, and a half day whale watching trip, in addition to personally guided 2-3 hour-long bird watching estate tours and daily talks led by Mr Kenefick.

Anse Chastanet resort sits in an idyllic spot on St Lucia’s south western coast and encompasses 600 lush tropical acres including the historical French Colonial plantation of Anse Mamin with excellent, easily accessible bird watching opportunities right on the resort property. In addition, there are bird watching locations on other parts of the island such as: the general Piton area on the Maria Islands, Quilesse Forest Reserve, and on the island's East Coast.

St Lucia is blessed with five rare species of bird, three of which can be found within the grounds of Anse Chastanet, with the others living not too far away. Regularly sighted birds include: the St Lucia Pewee, found along the entrance track to the resort, and the St Lucia Warbler, which is wide-spread throughout the grounds. Not quite as numerous, but just as dramatic and boldly coloured, is the yellow and black St Lucia Oriole. Back in 1987, there were considered to be less than 60 pairs in existence, however there has since been a considerable recovery and two pairs can be found at Anse Mamin. Finally, there is "Jacquot", the national bird, officially known as the St Lucia Parrot. There is a flourishing population of perhaps 1,000 birds, normally found in rainforests of higher elevation, an hour's drive away.

Martyn Kenefick is a self-described, "English ex pat” who has lived in Trinidad for the last 10 years since taking early retirement from the Financial Services industry in the UK. Having been an active “birder” since the early 70’s his hobby has taken him privately from China and Thailand to Alaska and Antarctica. He is a freelance ornithologist and bird watching guide / tour leader and in recent years has led organized tours to: Kazakhstan, Kenya, The Gambia and California; whilst in his adopted home, he regularly leads tours for British, American, and Australian bird watching tour operators. He is the primary author of the recently published Field Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago and also the Hon Sec of the Trinidad & Tobago Rare Birds Committee"

The specialist programme can be added to any reservation of 7 nights or more at Anse Chastanet. The programme will run from Monday – Friday. The full event package is offered at US $450 per person.

Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet start from US $330 per night in a Standard Room based on two sharing.

MOTMOT Travel 01327 830918 http://www.motmottravel.com is offering 7 nights accommodation at Anse Chastanet with breakfast and dinner, roundtrip airport transfers and a birdwatching package with Martyn Kenefick between 1st – 15th September 2012 from £1,855 per person if booked before 30th June 2012. Return flights to St Lucia will be operated by Virgin Atlantic or British Airways. If booked after 30th June, the St Lucia Birdwatching holiday package at Anse Chastanet starts from £1,959 per person.

For information and reservations contact Anse Chastanet Resort on 0800 894 057 or visit http://www.ansechastanet.com. Anse Chastanet can also be booked through a variety of leading UK tour operators.

Ecurie Ecosse back on the British GT podium at Brands Hatch



Legendary Scottish motor racing outfit Ecurie Ecosse emerged from a strong British GT Championship performance at Brands Hatch with valuable points after a third place overall finish in Sunday’s two-hour endurance race.
The team was enjoying its fourth outing in the UK championship with regular drivers Oliver Bryant and Alasdair McCaig at the wheel of the squad’s Barwell Motorsport-run BMW Z4 GT3 following the previous round a fortnight ago at Rockingham. 
Saturday’s first free practice session was used to bed in new brakes and reacclimatise McCaig to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit some eight years after his one and only appearance there. By the end of second practice it was clear the team had to make further set-up improvements after its drivers, who were struggling for grip through the high-speed corners, could lap no better than two seconds shy of the benchmark pace en route to 13th quickest.
With only one qualifying session to decide the grid for Sunday’s two-hour race married to the team’s lack of previous experience with the car at Brands Hatch, hasty high-speed downforce setting changes were made prior to McCaig’s first mandatory three-lap run on used tyres. An immediate 1.7secs improvement over the Scot’s previous personal best time followed before he handed over to Bryant. Shod with new tyres the BMW improved again, setting a best time of 1m26.4s that proved good enough for 12th, albeit just 0.2sec down on fourth and under half a second off pole position in what was once again an extremely competitive British GT qualifying session. Indeed, a faster but ultimately aborted lap due to traffic in the final sector clearly demonstrated Bryant had the pace for a potential front-row qualifying slot.
Come Sunday, McCaig enjoyed an excellent opening stint by successfully navigating two safety car periods and a particularly forceful block from the Preci-Spark Mercedes to surge up to fifth by the time he stopped soon after the pit window had opened. A typically faultless performance from the Barwell crew saw new tyres, fuel and driver installed in no time at all and it wasn’t long before Bryant was consistently setting the fastest lap times on-track.
Such was his pace that the Ecurie Ecosse BMW had climbed up to second with 50 minutes remaining and soon after, a 6secs gap to the leading RJN Nissan had been reduced to just 1.7. A sprinkling of rain as well as the ebb-and-flow of lapped traffic saw the gap fluctuate before stabilising just under the 2secs mark.
But it wasn’t long before Bryant’s attention would switch to his mirrors as the rapidly advancing Beechdean Aston Martin of Jonny Adam – lapping some 1.5secs faster than anyone else – loomed into view. Once caught Bryant defended well and looked set to hold his position when, on approach to Paddock Hill Bend with only two laps left, a backmarker blocked his line and allowed Adam to slip around the outside. With the chequered flag imminent, the Ecurie Ecosse BMW would be forced to settle for third but just 2secs down on the top two whose photo finish went the Nissan’s way.
Despite the late drama, the team was delighted with its second podium finish of the season and a strong points haul that helps them climb up to fourth in the British GT Championship standings.
Hugh McCaig, Ecurie Ecosse Team Principal: “Once again our qualifying pace was as close to the competition as it’s been so far this year, while both drivers performed extremely well in the race by staying out of trouble and making no mistakes in challenging conditions. We’ve made some great progress with the car’s set-up and we’re continuing to learn race by race.”
Alasdair McCaig, Ecurie Ecosse Driver: “A strong podium finish was just what we required at this stage in the championship. My stint was fraught with accidents and safety car periods but I managed to work my way up to fifth by the driver change. As usual the Barwell crew made a flawless pit-stop and Ollie put in a monumental stint to bring us home third.”
Oliver Bryant, Ecurie Ecosse Driver: “It was fantastic to be back on the podium. Alasdair brought the car through the order to fifth before I took over and pushed as hard as possible on new tyres. Passing the Audi on my second lap was crucial as I could then push on and catch the Nissan. When the rain began to fall the Nissan managed to increase its advantage in sector two but as the track dried I closed back in. With the Aston catching fast I pushed as hard as possible on my fading tyres but got boxed in behind a GT4 Mazda on the run into Paddock Hill Bend, which allowed Jonny Adam to get by. It was disappointing not to take the win but still a great result for the team and a good haul of points for our championship challenge.”
Mark Lemmer, Barwell Motorsport Team Principal: “We have shown that we have all the ingredients in place with the BMW Z4 to win races in British GT and had we been allowed to maximize this potential in qualifying then we would very likely have won at Brands. We are all very highly motivated for the second half of the season and our pursuit of the British GT crown.”
Ecurie Ecosse's attention now switches to the upcoming Blancpain Endurance Series 3-hour race at Paul Ricard (June 30 – July 1) before, less than a week later, travelling to Snetterton (July 4/5) for round five of the British GT Championship.
Chartwell Magazine are proud sponsors of the Ecurie Ecosse team, and would like to congratulate them on their third place finish at Brands Hatch.
If you would like to keep up to date with the Ecurie Ecosse team, visit their website at http://www.ecurieecosse.com/

June 26, 2012

Unique £1.6 million Bugatti Veyron comes to London


A one off Bugatti Veyron has hit London for the first time ever. The £1.6 million hypercar was previously seen in Paris, but has now descended to the UK.
The 1000bhp machine was seen parked outside The Dorchester hotel in Mayfair, and is owned by a wealthy man from Saudi Arabia.
What makes this car so unique, is only 1 has ever been made in such a style. Parts of the car have been made from entire Porcelain, culminating with the unique two-toned styled paint job of white, blue, and gold.
The 8-litre W16 engine can make the car hit 60mph in just 2.5 seconds, with a maximum speed of 253mph.
The full name for the car is the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L'Or Blanc, a limited edition by name and nature. It's thought this won't be the last of the 'limited edition' models made by Bugatti, with many more customers wanting their own unique piece of history.

June 22, 2012

Pablo Picasso's 'Femme Assise' sells at auction


Pablo Picasso's 'Femme Assise,' which depicted the Spaniards lover Francoise Gilot whilst pregnant with his daughter Paloma, has sold at Christies Auction house for over £8 million pounds.
The painting was in the collection of steel magnate Leigh B. Block, and the works were the highest amount gained at the auction.
Gilot was 21 years of age when she met the Spanish master, 61, in a restaurant in the Spring of 1943. The couple never married but had two children together. Their son, Claude, was born in 1947 whilst Paloma was born two years later.

For more information, visit http://www.christies.com/

June 21, 2012

Ultra rare Mercedes set for auction


An ultra rare unearthed 1928 Mercedes-Benz S Type is set for auction this September, and is widely expected to reach in and around £1.5 million.
The Mercedes, that has been owned in the same family since new. has been hidden away for 60 years, but still runs perfectly despite not being used since the 1950's. The car was one of the fastest available at the time, with speeds capable of 100mph.
No one knows quite how the uneartherd treasure remained secret for so long, but it's certainly quite a find, given how rare this particular model is.

For more information, visit http://www.bonhams.com/

June 18, 2012

There is only one Harrods sale


There's many things synonymous with the British summer. Rain, Wimbledon, and of course, the Harrods summer sale.
So why not get yourself down to Harrods to indulge in some summer spending. The sale began on Saturday 16th June, and will run until Sunday 8th July.

For more information, visit http://www.harrods.com/

Gianni Versace's Miami mansion up for sale


The made famous home of the late Gianni Versace has been put up for sale in Miami for an extravagant $125 million.
Versace paid $2.9 million for the Miami pad, and then gave the mansion a $33 million dollar revamp. His death subsequently resulted in the property being put up for sale. The world renowned designer was shot dead outside his home in July of 1997.
Telecommunications billionaire Peter Loftin paid $19 million for the property in 2000, and then turned the mansion in to a members only club and hotel, featuring 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and a 54ft-long mosaic tiled swimming pool, all of which would cost you $2,500 a night.
Loftin closed the hotel in 2009, and after 12 years of ownership the stunningly located property is back up for sale.
What is for sure is this is a stunning property, in a stunning location, all set with a stunningly high price tag. And despite the fact the mansion is joint in being the most expensive property for sale in the United States, more than likely someone will be willing to tie up this utterly unique property.

June 16, 2012

Lamborghini uncovered


There's not many bigger names in the auto industry than Lamborghini, and lucky people in the London area will next week be able to see some of the rarest and most stunning Lamborghini's that have ever graced the tarmac.
The Lamborghini museum in Bologna are handing over their prized jewells in an utter exclusive event that hasn't ever been seen before in the UK, and won't be seen again.
Some of the cars include the Lamborghini 350 GTV, of which only 120 units were ever built. The Lamborghini Diablo will also be making an appearance, as will Lamborghini's latest showpiece model, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.
This will be an utter one off exclusive, and entrance is free, so get yourself down there to fully appreciate this Italian legend.

Locations and dates:
Monday 18th June - Duke of York Square, Kings Road, SW3
Tuesday 19th June - Duke of York Square, Kings Road, SW3
Wednesday 20th June - Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, EC2
Thursday 21st June - Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, EC2
Friday 22nd June - Potters Field Park, London, SE1
Saturday 23rd June - Marble Arch, London, W2

For more information, visit http://lamborghiniuncovered.hrowen.co.uk/

June 15, 2012

London's most expensive bicycle


Quite possibly the most lavish bicycle that's ever been built, this two wheeled masterpiece was the collabaration of jewellery designer Nicholas Fitch, of Nicholas James, and renowned leather designer, Simon Harcourt.
The idea came about with a mutual thinking of possibility and fascination. Fitch first thought of the idea when he saw an old bike hanging on the wall of Harcourt's Highgate studio, and some hard work later, The Brogue was born.
The bicycle features diamond-encrusted handlebars, a leather saddlebag, all culminating on a hardstitched leather Triumph 531 70's frame. Taking 8 weeks to build, the bike will be for sale at a price of £25,000.
And whilst we can't envisage Boris Johnson flying around London on one of these, it will be on display at Nicholas James' Hatton Garden show.

For more information, you can visit http://www.hatton-garden.net/

June 12, 2012

One of a kind



A piece of automotive history is currently available at Aston Martin's Park Lane showroom, the Aston Martin One-77. Not only has production been limited to an exclusive 77 models, but this particular car remains the only brand new unsold unit in the world.
But if that doesn't feel exclusive enough, the car is packed with £500,000 pounds worth of extras, including a custom paint job, custom wheels, custom exhaust tips and mirrors, and a custom interior, all excelling in every single fine detail.
The story behind these tailored extras are due to a middle east businessman who bought not one, but three One-77's. In the end he decided the two were enough, and decided not to complete the sale of the third.
So if you can spare a cool £1.4 million, this utter piece of exclusivity can be yours.

For more information on the car, visit http://www.stratstone.com/dealers/aston-martin-dealer-london-391.html

June 11, 2012

A room with a view





The Shard, one of London's soon to be most iconic buildings is nearing completion, and due to open later this year.
The Shard will house offices, world-renowned restaurants that will serve 5 star food, culminating with stunning panoramic views. But not content with just having fine dining, The Shard will also have the UK's first Shangri-La hotel, offering 5 star quality, beautiful views, and the service to match the quality of the building that it's in.
But if a one stop eating experience wasn't enough for you, or you could see yourself staying a little longer than the average guest, The Shard will have some of the most stunning apartments that London has to offer, giving off unrivaled views of the nations capital.
But if the apartments might stretch the purse strings a bit too much, then need not worry as 'The View' from The Shard gives members of the public the opportunity to experience the incredible 360 degree views for themselves, and on any good day you'll be able to see 40 miles across the city.

The View opens February 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.the-shard.com/

Exclusive cookery school & wine tasting with Raymond Blanc




Le Manoir has created a wine tasting evening with a cookery school/dinner celebration.  It is available 7 days a week the  journey commences at 6pm for the hour wine tasting in their cellars, followed by the evening in The Raymond Blanc Cookery School. For a maximum of 8 guests, this is priced at £2,000 on Sunday to Thursday evenings inclusive and priced at £3,000 on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Guests will be shown to Le Manoir’s wine cellars for private tastings with one of their Sommeliers, where they will taste selected wines whilst learning the skills from a member of the team.  Following their tasting they will make their way into The Raymond Blanc Cookery School for a Champagne and canapĂ© welcome where they will meet the tutor for the evening.  As they take their seats, they will embark upon a culinary journey of cookery demonstrations, hands on tuition and enjoyment of their four course dinner with accompanying selected wines.

June 9, 2012

Unique Hong Kong nature apartments


Each apartment has the feel of a modern-day treehouse, with luxurious interior spaces that open out onto a 525 square foot garden balcony. The designers built standardized units to minimize construction cost and to ensure that the tower can be easily replicated. Boutique Design call the gardens a “green envelope,” enabling the unusual tower to integrate with its surroundings.
Through their work the studio is exploring possibilities of renovation in Hong Kong. They say they aim “to offer a different vision for the future development of Hong Kong, more green and opened to the outside, respectful and aware of its environment.”

June 8, 2012

Heidi Klein VIP launch event

Join Chartwell Magazine with Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein at the VIP launch for the new Heidi Klein boutique launch at Bicester Village in Oxford.

Please contact Victoria Sheppard victoria@chartwellmagazine.com for further details.

Louis Vuitton Vintage Gaming video

III Studio has created a unique video - of the inside of a Louis Vuitton games case, "All Aboard Games." The film was released on the companies most recent newsletter and is co-insiding with the rise in interest about company history.

http://bit.ly/AllAboardGames

June 2, 2012

ZEO, mixology in a bottle



This Summer, bar-goers have a new reason to head to the bars with the launch of ZEO, a drink that has been specifically created for adults and which will be available in select premium bars across the UK. ZEO goes beyond the conventional idea that drinks must be alcoholic to be interesting. Intrigued?
Lightly carbonated with a distinctive, unique taste sensation that will tantalise your taste buds, ZEO is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Until now, any discerning adults looking for sophisticated drinks to enjoy on a night out would have to choose something alcoholic – wine, champagne, cocktails or premium spirits. ZEO offers a similarly refined taste profile to these types of ‘distilled’ drinks, but without any alcohol.

In addition to its intriguing blend of natural extracts and essences, ZEO delivers a range of sensorial effects (such as chilling, warming and tingling). Taken from the flora of all continents, these extracts include trees, virgin flowers, wild berries, fresh green herbs, grains and exotic spices. ZEO hits the senses with tingly, fizzy sensorial effects and spicy, peppery, exotic flavours followed by a refreshing, clean aftertaste but watch this space... Each time you indulge in ZEO – whether on its own or in a cocktail - you’ll be surprised by different sensations. 

ZEO is available across bars in London, including The Sanderson Hotel Long Bar, The Rood Gardens, Mahiki, The Brompton Club, The Punch Bowl and Juju

June 1, 2012

Jubilee Tea by East India


In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The East India Company is launching a limited edition tea with Royal connections. Harvested from tea that has flourished for nearly 60 years from a single tea bush planted by HRH Prince Philip during a state visit to Sri Lanka in 1954, the Jubilee Tea (£75 for 60g) is the most exclusive tea you will be able to buy in London this summer.

In 1954 the Queen was escorted on a state trip to Sri Lanka by her new husband HRH Prince Philip. On the 17th April, as part of the trip, HRH Prince Philip was invited to visit the Pedro Estate tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya. To commemorate his visit to the estate, he was given the opportunity to plant his own tea bush, which subsequently flourished. Over the last 57 years, cuttings taken from this very special bush have been propagated on the estate resulting in an exclusive ‘royal tea’ area that will now provide The East India Company with nearly 30kg of luxurious black Ceylon tea. A subtle, long leafed tea with specks of Silver & Golden tips, this fine Ceylon tea has a touch of tippy leaves to give a golden liquor that is light, smooth, bright and delicate – with a slight hint of sweetness.


The limited edition Jubilee Tea is available nationwide from www.theeastindiacompanyfinefood.com or from the flagship The East India Company store at 7-8 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XF.


The Spirit of Chartwell

On this Sunday, the 3rd of June, the Royal Family will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee on the Royal barge, The Spirit of Chartwell.

On the day, up to 1000 boats will be on the River Thames in preparation for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, and other members of the Royal Family will travel as the centrepiece of the flotilla. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, will be in attendance. 

If you are heading down, you can expect to see lots of red, white and blue on bridges and buildings along the river bank and hear church bells, fireworks, music and foghorns as hundreds of boats from all over the UK and beyond move at a gentle speed of four knots down seven miles of river. All kinds of boats will take part - rowing boats, historic, sailing and motorised boats, kayaks and canoes. It will take 75 minutes for the flotilla to pass any given point.


Ferrari do an online auction for the earthquakes



Ferrari will open an international on-line auction to raise funds for the families of the victims of the earthquakes that have rocked the Emilia-Romagna region since the 20th of May.

In the days leading up to the auction next week, www.ferraristore.com will dedicate a section to this important initiative which sets out to contribute significant sums to those families who have lost loved ones.

The auction will include important and rare items, such as a 599XX Evo, the extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta with a commercial value of €1.3 million. This extreme sports car incorporates the very best of Ferrari technology, the result of on-going Research and Development activities in the GT division and advanced experimentation in F1. The 599 XX Evo features a package of performance-enhancing technical features for the exclusive, dedicated track-based research and development programme for the 2012-2013 seasons.
There will also be a strong Formula 1 theme, starting with a V8 engine along with racing suits and helmets donated by the Scuderia’s drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, as well as numerous items of memorabilia from the works racing cars from past seasons.
Also featuring in the auction will be a selection from the Ferrari Store, including Prancing Horse watches.

As soon as news about the earthquakes came out, Ferrari clients and collectors from around the world spontaneously contacted the Maranello headquarters to offer their contribution. Once again the generosity of Ferrari’s enthusiasts will enable the company to provide support to those most hit by the tragedy. A demonstration of solidarity that, in recent years, has contributed to the reconstruction in Abruzzo after the earthquake, as well as the building of two after-school facilities in Ishinomaki in Japan after last year’s disaster for which Ferrari contributed over 80 million Japanese yen. 

See http://www.ferrari.com/English/Pages/Home.aspx for more information. 

Selfridges Big Rooftop Tea and Golf Party


Yesterday Selfridges opened their roof to launch its big Rooftop Tea and Golf Party. Until the 2nd of September, you can enjoy the 9 hole crazy golf and the organic Daylesford Cafe for a wonderful afternoon tea.

The golf course was designed by Bompas & Parr,  jellymongers and food architects extraordinaire, who used inspiration from the Selfridges' mini golf on the roof back in the 1930s. The course has been designed to look like a giant display of cakes, each representing a famous London landmark. We particularly enjoyed no.6, The Tower Bridge.

The Daylesford Cafe serves delicious, organic food that has been sourced from their farm. This includes a British afternoon tea, award-winning cheeseboards and even a gin jelly. 

The roof is open from 12noon to store close everyday. The crazy golf is open Mon-Sat 12-7.30 and Sun 12-6, this can be booked at www.jellymogers.co.uk and some tickets will be available on the door. The roof can be accessed by the lifts in the fragrance hall.