Robin Birley’s plot for a British invasion of New York City’s nightlife scene took a major step forward.
London Club King – a posh friend of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has 5 Hertford St in London where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their first date – has finally signed the lease for their long-awaited Big Apple outpost on the Upper East Side Have done, learned side dishes.
According to sources close to the deal, the two-story, 12,000-square-foot space is on the first floor and mezzanine at 828 Madison Avenue, the luxury condo tower between East 69th and East 70th Streets, formerly known as the Westbury Hotel. used to go.
Expected to open next year, the club run by Birley – who was made famous by a tiger as a child with the right side of his face disfigured – has entered into a 20-year lease with an option of up to 30 years. According to the insiders informed about the terms.
The New York club will be open for breakfast until late at night – whichever community board thinks fit for the residential neighborhood, the sources said, adding that the club will still have to file for permits and community board approval.
Birle was replaced by Robin Zendel of Robin Zendel & Associates.
Birley is known for having founded his own slate of exclusive Mayfair, London clubs—5 Hertford St, its downstairs clubs Lulu’s and Oswald’s—where British, Middle Eastern and rock royals mingle with Hollywood stars and where Conservatives party. donors have access to the British cabinet. Member.
In addition to hosting Harry and Meghan’s historic date, 5H is where British Foreign Minister Liz Truss took US trade envoy Catherine Tai out for a $3500 lunch on British taxpayer money. (Birle halved the bill if the bill could be paid immediately.)
Insiders speculated that the New York Supper Club would be less about access to America’s political elite, hedge funds and Hollywood, and more about New York’s creative class.
One source says that Birley enjoys “curating”, so members are “best in class, the people he loves – the best thinkers, artists, hedge funds, politicians and people who are beautiful inside and out”. There will be a mix of . “Other clubs have a ‘type.’ Robin never does.”
Birley’s spokesman said it was too early to reveal more.
“New York has always been an aspiration for me and my father before me. New York is revitalizing and we look forward to being a part of it,” Birley told Side Dish by email, to elaborate.
Birley’s late father, Mark Birley, opened the famous Annabel’s Club, which the Beatles frequented. Mark Birley named the club after his wife, Robin’s mother, socialite Lady Annabel Goldsmith.
While the dining club still has no definite name, it may be called Maxims, after Birle’s aunt Maxime Le Bailey, a British model in the 1950s, the Comtesse de la Felaise, who in the 1960s became an “underground” The film became a star. In the basement of 5H, Birley has already named Lulu after his late cousin, Loulou de la Felaise.
Birley named his glam club Oswald after his grandfather, a noted British painter for the British royal family. This is where Amber Heard and her squad took part in a defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp last July London Sun,
As in London, Birley is backed in the New York deal by the Reuben Brothers, a firm founded by David and Simon Reuben – a London and Monaco-based brothers who made their fortune in the bloody 1990s Soviet Russian metals trade. They now operate a significant international real estate empire.
Rubens bought Westbury last year from Vornado Realty as part of a US expansion during the pandemic, as Side Dish exclusively reported. Reubens’ New York City investments are often led by David Reuben’s son, Jamie, who invested in the New York private club, Zero Bond, and Miami-based Asian BBQ restaurant KYU, which just opened its first outpost in New York. was opened.
In London, Jamie Reuben is known as a super donor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Jamie Reuben also made headlines for partnering with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was still under fire for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, to buy Britain’s football team Newcastle United. Jamie owns 10% of the team while a Saudi sovereign wealth fund headed by MBS owns 80%.