The iconic London member’s club; Annabel’s, which was originally founded in 1963 is set to re-open two doors down from its original address in Berkeley Square. The new space, a 26,000 sq ft, the four-storey venue will include a garden restaurant on the terrace that will be open all year, along with bars and private dining rooms. In the basement will be a ‘cigar salon’, a nightclub and a spa.
Annabel’s is owned by The Birley Group who also own Harry’s Bar and Mark’s Club and is part of the Caprice Holdings Group, which owns other iconic sites such as The Ivy, Le Caprice, J Sheekey, Bam-Bou and Sexy Fish.
The private member’s club has just announced a trio of chefs who will be taking over its new restaurant areas:
Christopher Marleix – the former Alain Ducasse protegé and former head chef at The Dorchester will head up the Brasserie. Julien Jouhannaud, former executive sous-chef at the Bar & Bouef in Monaco will take on the role of executive chef across the parent group The Birley Clubs. Last in the trio will be chef Ryan Brown, the current head chef for Annabel’s will take on the role of head chef for Annabel’s Nightclub.
The chefs join the rest of the new operations team, which has been personally chosen by owner and entrepreneur Richard Caring, who bought The Birley Group in 2007 to make it part of his Caprice Holdings Group.
The new club interiors are being masterminded by designer Martin Brudnizki, who was also responsible for the makeover of The Ivy and the looks of Caring’s restaurants Sexy Fish — on the east side of Berkeley Square — and 34 Mayfair.
The classic DNA of Annabel’s
Guillaume Glipa, who was recruited from Chiltern Firehouse to run Birley Clubs last year, said: “We are taking the classic DNA of Annabel’s and moving it forward, respectfully and tastefully, commissioning the best craftsmen, designers, and artisans to use the most beautiful colours, textures, textiles, materials, and objects.”