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Everyone appreciates a sense of humour – see The Connaught, London’s, tea menu, above.  The Connaught’s famous bar, by the way, was designed by DAVID COLLINS STUDIO, which has won the Best Hotel Suites in Asia Pacific awards at The International Hotel & Property Awards 2021.  Why?  For its  14 David Beckham themed suites at Sands’ The Londoner Hotel in Macau (the largest suite, at 298sq m, has a karaoke and whisky bar). All are in Beckham’s favourite navy blue and racing green, with subtle references to sport, personal style, photography, tailoring and male grooming • Back in London, sic – THE REAL THING – hotels are booming right now, especially if they have outdoor eating. The just re-opened BEAUMONT, under the care of MD Duncan Palmer, has six outside tables, three either side of its front door, which means up to 24 chic aesthetes can bask in today’s Indian Summer, looking across Brown Hart Street at the unique electricity substation and its garden while savouring, say, strips of yummy Lambton & Jackson smoked salmon. Similarly, ten minutes’ walk south, MAYFAIR BILTMORE, formerly The Britannia on Grosvenor Square, has a right-for-today indoor-out Cafe Biltmore: try Jason Atherton’s Buccleuch Estate ribeye with skinny fries. Will the forthcoming The Peninsula London have dine under the sun, or rain (see below)? The Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane London has outdoor eating • Marie-Laure Akdag is a Parisian with a Masters in Elizabethan English Literature.  She was pre-opening GM at 45 Park Lane London, moved on to The Savoy AND THEN TO BURBERRY. Back to hotels and now, her latest business card, she is COO for Emilie Wickstead. LUXURY HOTELS’ LOSS IS FASHION’S GAIN.

But we need that word ‘street’ in everyone’s label today.  It is street culture and street fashion that are rising to the fore – OK, there is too much mention of Off-White, sorry, but it’s important. There are other names – look at Michael Dupouy’s All Gone encyclopedia of today’s genre. Arts and fashion, food and drink, hotels and lifestyle are all becoming blended as one cocktail. GIRLAHEAD FEELS LIKE A MIXOLOGIST • Dan Gilbert is an American financier who realised THE IMPACT OF INVESTING IN SPORT. Among his many trophies is the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball brand. Switch to gear and he is the prime money behind StockX, the Farfetch of sneakers, with strong partnerships with Adidas, New Balance, and Colette, interestingly female-founded (Sarah Andelman).

Girlahead says this is the PERFECT SEASON FOR THE ARTS.  In Paris, disciples of the late Christo have wrapped the Arc de Triomphe in white curtains that could have been borrowed from the nearby Royal Monceau Raffles. Elsewhere in Europe, there’s still time to catch a sculpture collection of Meccano-like outlines displayed on rocks on Vallisaari Island, 20 minutes’ ferry east of Helsinki – the show finishes 26th September. Girlahead would probably head, instead, for Berlin’s new Humboldt Forum, named for Prussian explorer Alexander von Humboldt and his brother, politician Wilhelm (it’s in the former Royal Palace). For those who like that kinda-thing, Athens’ biennial FEATURE QUEER ART until 24th November • And The Peninsula Chicago features, through Spring 2022, artwork by local multi-media specialist Bob Faust showing details from several of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: showing how futuristic this historic company is, learn more about each piece’s origin VIA QR CODE.

The Peninsula group has long had a close association with signifcant art popups.  Hear its COO Peter Borer here, below