For some New Yorkers, London is virtually the city's sixth borough: a destination for shopping, food, art and theater.

What makes London so appealing right now? Join Rachel Felder, the author of Insider London: A Curated Guide to the Most Stylish Shops, Restaurants, and Cultural Experiences as she discusses the most vibrant and new trends across the pond with a panel of acclaimed British business owners and experts including Matt Hobbs (The Groucho Club) and Jeremy King (The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Brasserie Zédel, Colbert, Fischer’s, The Beaumont and more).

There will be a book signing following this event.


Brief Bios

Rachel Felder is journalist who specializes in writing about travel, trends and style for a wide range of publications. Her work frequently appears in The New York Times, the Financial Times, Travel & Leisure and Departures; as well as Women’s Wear Daily, People, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, New York magazine, Gotham, and She is the author of Insider Brooklyn, Manic Pop Thrill and co-author (with Reed Krakoff) of Fighter. She has appeared at prestigious conferences, including TEDx Oxford and SxSW.

Matt Hobbs, as Managing Director of The Groucho Club, the original arts & media private members club, has extensive experience in the world of hospitality and management. Formerly Operations Director for Birley Clubs, Matt was responsible for Annabel’s, Harry’s Bar, Bath & Racquets and Mark’s Club. Previous to this, Matt managed Scott’s, J Sheekey, The Ivy Club and Le Caprice on behalf of Caprice Holdings in London and New York. Aside from overseeing the complete refurbishment and re-launch of Scott’s Mayfair, J Sheeky and many more, Matt has opened two clubs in New York, including Soho House.

Jeremy King, with Chris Corbin, is the owner of Corbin & King Holdings Limited, of which he is also CEO. He initially pursued a career in merchant banking but gave that up to go into catering, becoming Searcy’s youngest ever manager at the age of 21. He was Maitre d’Hôtel of American restaurant Joe Allen in London, where he met Chris Corbin and they launched their business partnership in 1981, which has now lasted over 35 years. Together, they have created some of London’s most iconic and best-loved restaurants and have contributed a significant chapter to London’s restaurant history. He is the recipient of the 2016 Global Restaurateur of the Year Award at the Global Restaurant Awards.

Formerly a successful interior designer, William Banks-Blaney founded the London boutique William Vintage in 2009 to sell the kind of clothes he and his friends dreamed about finding; fantastic, wearable vintage clothing in perfect condition. Christened “The Vintage King’ by British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times, William scours the globe for the ultimate in vintage and hand-picks every single William Vintage piece. Now an highly respected figure within fashion, Contributing Editor of Centurion magazine and a Visiting Fellow of the London College of Fashion, supporting and advising design students and as he puts it, ‘Investing in the next generation of designers and the future of fashion’. William’s book, 25 Dresses: Iconic Moments in Fashion chronicles the greatest discoveries made by William Vintage and their impact upon contemporary fashion.

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  • Insider London: A Curated Guide to the City's Most Stylish Shops, Restaurants and Cultural Experiences

    Date: Wed, May 17, 2017, 7 pm

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Venue: Classroom

    Price: from $29.00

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