THE HALKIN LONDON CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY THIS SEPTEMBER – Events include: Art Publisher Assouline’s pop-up ‘Culture Lounge’, Afternoon Tea with creations by Pierre Hermé Paris, 20th Anniversary Packages, Launch of 20th Anniversary Suites, and more

Throughout the month of September The Halkin will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a unique series of events to underline the ‘Home Away From Home’ theme that has characterised this intimate London hotel in exclusive Belgravia.

Art publisher ASSOULINE will be creating an immersive pop-up ‘Culture Lounge’ which takes over the hotel bar to showcase its iconic coffee-table books for guests and others to browse in this library-style environment.

“We are a publishing house obsessive about luxury,” says Prosper Assouline, the company’s founder: “This is our first London pop-up Culture Lounge and it is significant that we have chosen to work with a hotel that helped set a benchmark of luxury for the capital”-

Watch for the series of literary events

The Halkin is launching an exclusive new “Afternoon Tea Menu” which features creations by Pierre Hermé Paris. Pierre Hermé recently opened his first London “Macarons & Chocolats” boutique on neighboring Lowndes Street. The tea will run through to the end of October.

Pierre Hermé has been described by French Vogue as the ‘Picasso of Pastry’

New 20th anniversary packages will offer guests the chance as ‘Families’, ‘Shoppers’ and ‘Gastronomes’ to enjoy the best that London has to offer while combining those experiences with one-night stays.

The Family Package’ includes chocolate painting, dipping or chocolate bar making at Rococo Chocolates or a four-course dessert bar meal at the new William Curly Bar on Ebury Street.

The Gastronomy Package’ includes dinner at nahm, Halkin’s award-winning Thai restaurant.

The Shoppers Package’ and MY favourite! a bespoke perfume consultation with Les Senteurs, a ‘His & Hers’ experience including private appointments at De Vroomen jewellers and TomTom Cigars, and a ‘Belgravia Sybarite’ three-hour private shopping tour.

These 20th Anniversary packages allow guests to experience first-hand why Belgravia is such an important neighbourhood while showcasing British heritage brands and contemporary luxury London.

The Halkin will officially open the doors on three new 20th Anniversary Suites in September: two ‘Como Suites’ and one ‘Belgravia Suite’ on the second and third floors. These suites have been renovated to the highest standard, and will include large spacious balconies overlooking the hotel gardens.

The Halkin, Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ
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Liz Palmer
Wine and Travel Writer

WIN dinner for 20 at Michelin-starred ‘nahm’ restaurant Halkin Hotel London

The Halkin has launched a series of celebratory events to commemorate its 20th Anniversary which focuses on cuisine, Champagne, culture, and design throughout the month of September.

First in the series of events, The Halkin has teamed up with Louis Roederer Champagne to create an exclusive ‘Halkin at Twenty’ celebration dinner. One lucky Halkin guest can expect to win a gourmet experience with 20 of their friends at London’s acclaimed Thai restaurant ‘nahm’. The dinner includes a menu created by Head Chef Matthew Albert, a selection of fine wines and Champagnes by Louis Roederer Champagne along with a Master of Wine (MW) to guide you through the menu and wine pairings.

About nahm
nahm is the first Michelin-starred Thai restaurant in Europe, and is for serious gourmands who value originality and tantalizing cuisine. The venue is decidedly modern and chic.

To become eligible, make your hotel reservation online between July 20th and August 20th. The lucky winner will be drawn on The Halkin’s anniversary on Tuesday 20th September 2011.

Tel +44 (0)20 7333 1059

Liz Palmer
Wine and Travel Writer

‘Champagne – Happy Birthday!!’ [August 4, 1693: Dom Pérignon ‘Drinks the Stars’]

August 4 is said to be the day Dom Pérignon invented Champagne back in 1693. In fact this bubbly trivia stirs up quite a bit of discussion regarding the fact that naturally occurring bubbles were seen as a problem at the time to whether or not his famous quote of ‘drinking with the stars’ is fictional or factual – No matter really.

What stands out the most is that Champagne has almost an omnipresence in our culture!

Liz Palmer

The Capital Restaurant London Celebrates its 40th Birthday

The Capital Restaurant, which this year celebrates its 40th birthday, will be hosting a very special evening on Thursday, September 29th in conjunction with Champagne Bollinger. Like Bollinger, The Capital has enjoyed a long and proud heritage of family-run, independent ownership.

The evening will feature a five-course dinner, prepared by head chef Jérôme Ponchelle, with dishes carefully matched to a selection of Champagnes, and will be hosted by an ambassador from Bollinger, Christian Dennis. The evening will take place in one of The Capital’s stylish private rooms, with space for up to 16 diners.

Dishes are to include Scottish scallops served with black pudding, celeriac purée, frisée and bacon chips; and a classic fillet of Mey selection beef ‘Rossini” with pommes soufflées, spinach, wild mushroom and artichoke. Dessert will be a blackberry and apple tart with warm blackberry compôte. Champagnes to be tasted include Bollinger La Grande Année 2002, Bollinger La Côte aux Enfants 2002 and Bollinger Rosé NV.
The Capital Restaurant is a stalwart of the London dining scene, having forged a reputation for the enduring high standards of its classical French and British cookery over the past four decades. Jérôme joined the restaurant in 2009 from Wiltons, and is now creating his own chapter in the restaurant’s history.

Tickets and more information are available by calling 020 7589 5171 or visiting

‘The Veuve Clicquot Rolling Diner’ [Berlin July 5 – July 25, 2011]

The Clicquot Rolling Diner is an unconventional street food concept that has been popping up at random locations throughout Berlin.

The Rolling Diner team has teamed up with Berlin foodies, Chipps to deliver inventive dishes like Trüffel-Currywurst and Crêpe de la Bastille.

An original 1950’s Airstream food wagon has been modified into a bright ‘Veuve Clicquot-yellow’ diner that tours the streets of Berlin serving unique streetfood with champagne. The first stop was KaDeWe for Fashion Week, which was clear to be more than a success.

It is an open, unmarked territory—a gastronomical no man’s land and this is the reason that Veuve Clicquot chose Berlin as the place to execute its concept.
Brand manager, Saskia Farnholz wants to demonstrates that champagne can go with food without diminishing its quality. “We needed something that travels, is visible, and can get across the idea that you can mix street food with champagne—even heavy German food.