For a certain strata of society, from Hollywood royalty to genuine blue bloods, the unveiling of Richard Caring’s new £55m Annabel’s nightclub has been keenly awaited since last autumn. The postponement of the relaunch — to early spring this year — merely serving to intensify the anticipation.
Over the past couple of years we’ve been teased with CGIs of the lavish new interior by Martin Brudnizki and details of the revitalised members club, which is just a few doors down from the original in a stately 26,000-square-feet Georgian mansion on Berkeley Square.
Artist’s impression of the outside bar at Annabel’s
Caring’s four-storey version is destined to be a considerable departure from Mark Birley’s cosy club, a subterranean vaulted venue that included a chintzy bar, restaurant and compact dance floor. The 21st-century reincarnation offers members several restaurants and bars, two private dining rooms, a cigar salon, basement nightclub, spa (with its own separate entrance on Hays Mews) and significantly an attic workspace. Annabel’s mark II is clearly as keen to attract the younger laptop-and-lattes tribe (international tech millionaires no doubt) and not just aristos and trustafarians of leisure.
CGI of the Mirrored Room at the new Annabel’s
Now, as the countdown to the grand opening gathers pace, a beautiful art deco-inspired limited edition poster has been released to coincide with the launch. Designed by artist Charles Avalon of renowned poster designers Pullman Editions it depicts Annabel’s Garden Terrace as seen from the rear Mews-side view, looking back at the 18th-century property and also featuring the state-of-the-art retractable glass roof designed by Waagner Biro. Created and printed in-house, the prints are available to purchase from Pullman Editions at £395.00.
Let’s hope London is blessed with a Mediterranean summer to ensure this balmy vision of Annabel’s is brought to life.
Annabel’s, 46 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AT. For all membership enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3879 9146. The current Club at 44, Berkeley Square, remains open and will be welcoming guests until the week prior to relaunch.