Tempus Hot List: September 2023
From the newest places to stay and dine this September, to the best buys from cars to wine, here Tempus rounds up the launches and openings to know
Stay at One Sloane in Chelsea
This September, Chelsea welcomes an exciting new hotel to the neighbourhood – One Sloane. Renowned hotelier Jean-Louis Costes, the man behind the much-loved Hotel Costes in Paris, created the 30-bedroom guesthouse in collaboration with designer Francois-Joseph Graf and the 300 year old Cadogan Estate. Dating back to 1889, the building, situated at One Sloane Gardens, underwent an extensive six-year renovation that saw the addition of a sixth floor to house its top floor restaurant. While sympathetic to its quintessential West London roots, expect nods to the elegance and ‘je ne sais quoi’ of the hotel’s Parisian sister through atmospheric signature scents and dashes of deep brown-reds, dramatic stained windows, dark woods and ambient lighting.
Test drive Spectre, the first fully electric car from Rolls-Royce
In 1900, Charles Stewart Rolls, co-founder of luxury British car manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, made a daring prediction about the future of automotive engineering, declaring “the electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration. They should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged.” Fast forward 123 years and Rolls-Royce has just unveiled its latest car, Spectre – the company’s first ever model to be conceived and engineered from the start as an electric car. The world’s first ‘ultra-luxury electric super coupé’, with a range of 329 miles, this landmark release is the first of many fully electric vehicles for the company, with its entire fleet set to be electric by 2023. Showcasing a sleek, sculptural exterior, the 1.5 metre long, two-door fastback is the successor of the Phantom Coupé and, as with all Rolls-Royce cars, its bespoke design options offer near infinite possibilities when choosing the interiors.
Try a new Van Gogh inspired wine from Domaine du Météore
Domaine du Météore, a vineyard situated in the village of Cabrerolles in the Languedoc-Roussillon Southern France – and named after the meteorite which struck its hillside location in southern France over ten thousand years ago – has partnered with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to produce two organic wines inspired by the famed artist. It is well documented that Van Gogh spent much time in the South of France, inspired by its idyllic, picturesque landscapes, producing over 350 paintings and drawings during his time there. Bearing their synonymous artworks on the labels, these two new wines – a white comprised of Viogner and Rousanne grapes called Sunflowers, and a red, Avenue of Poplars in Autumn, made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, are born from the terroir famously captured in Van Gogh’s works.
Grab a table at new Knightsbridge restaurant Geode
This September, the team behind Mayfair’s Novikov will bring a new luxe eatery to Knightsbridge. Geode, named after the type of crystal, will be set across three floors of a Georgian townhouse on Beauchamp Place and promises a seasonal menu with Mediterranean and Asian influences, its open kitchen featuring a robata grill, pizza oven and rotisserie station. Menu highlights include beef tartare on roasted bone marrow and Cataplana, as well as King Crab gunkan and Tai miso seabream. Open until the early hours, its upper floor restaurant will offer late night dining, with its bar below hosting DJs and live music.
Book a treatment with A-list facialist Teresa Tarmey at The Cadogan
The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, Chelsea has recently announced a long-term partnership with super facialist Teresa Tarmey, who will take over the hotel’s Spa Suite offering treatments to guests and locals. A firm favourite with A-listers and beauty aficionados, Teresa’s coveted results-driven techniques quickly made her one of the UK’s most sought-after facialists. At The Cadogan she offers her cult treatments, alongside some new ones exclusive to the hotel – including a lymphatic drainage ‘Tri-body’ treatment that Teresa created in collaboration with Elyane Gullis, designed to alleviate post-flight puffiness and reduce bloating.