Tempus Hot List: July 2023
From ultra-rare tequila to a weekend retreat, we gather the best things to do, see, and eat this July, in our monthly hot list
Head to Oxfordshire this July for a luxurious weekend break at newly-opened Estelle Manor
From the group behind Maison Estelle, one of London’s most exclusive private members clubs, all eyes are on the opening of its countryside outpost Estelle Manor – a country club retreat in Oxfordshire that has left no expense spared. The Grade II listed pile, on the outskirts of The Cotswolds, is set among 60 acres of land and surrounded by 3000 acres of sprawling parkland and gardens. With 108 rooms to choose from, the hotel is home to four restaurants, an expansive 3000 sq metre Roman-inspired bath house, a gym, padel courts, and a Riviera style terrace complete with 25 metre outdoor pool, sunbeds and its own bar. Despite its boast worthy design credentials, Estelle Manor is strictly no photos allowed – adding another layer to its exclusive appeal.
Take a sip of Maestro Dobel’s newly-released ultra-rare tequila, Maestro Dobel 50 1970 Extra Añejo
Maestro Dobel, home to 11 generations of Tequila makers and known for its premium tequilas, has just released the third chapter in its series of ultra-rare, aged tequilas Maestro Dobel 50 1970 Extra Añejo. Aged in French Oak casks from the private cellar of the brand’s namesake, Maestro Juan Domingo ‘Dobel’ Beckmann, for a minimum of three years, Dobel 50, 40% ABV, is uniquely finished in Amarone wine casks imported from Italy. The result is a complex, dark spirit with notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts and dried fruits. With just 50 bottles available to buy in the UK, this rare edition can be bought at Hedonism for £2,200, or enjoyed exclusively at Lyaness, The Connaught Bar, Annabel’s and Mandarin Oriental this July.
Unleash your inner Diva with the V&A’s latest exhibition
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The V&A’s eagerly awaited Diva exhibition has finally opened its doors. Diva, which is now open to the public and running through until 7 April 2024, celebrates ‘the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring how the ‘diva’ has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music and film.’ Featuring the costumes and artefacts of world-class ‘divas’ spanning multiple decades – from the likes of Mae West and Marilyn Monroe to Rihanna and Lizzo – the exhibition shines a spotlight on some of the most iconic performers of the last century and explores how the definition of a ‘diva’ has evolved.
Grab a racket and head to Rocket Padel at Battersea Power Station
With Wimbledon fever in full swing, many of us are inclined to pick up a racquet and hit the courts – but why not try something a little different? In the last decade, padel – which can be described as something of a tennis and squash hybrid and is suitable for all abilities, has become something of a global phenomenon, with the likes of Andy Murray, David Beckham, Roger Federer, and Lionel Messi all fans of this new take on tennis. Perfectly timed for summer, Swedish-born brand Rocket Padel has just unveiled a two-month pop-up at Battersea Power Station as part of its summer ‘The Battersea Games’ initiative. The court – Rocket Padel’s first since the opening of Rocket Padel Bristol in April 2023 – will be available throughout The Battersea Games (1st July – 3rd September) between 9am – 10pm daily. Slots can be booked online and via the Padel Mates app.
Book at table at Yannick Alléno’s new London restaurant, Pavyllon
Yannick Alléno, the renowned French chef who has been awarded 15 Michelin stars throughout his career, has this July opened his first London venture, Pavyllon London, at Mayfair’s Four Seasons Hotel. The restaurant – which is centred around countertop seating and offering a more relaxed dining experience – features a bar, private dining room, and an expansive al fresco terrace to make the most of the summer months in the city. Dishes include “Badaboum” organic egg with Osciètre caviar and sorrel and Salish smoked salt; brioche-crusted sea bass quenelles with “Billy by” emulsion and mussels; and creamy pounded langoustine with potato and basil tuiles, and white onion emulsion.