The Pillow Hotlist is your curated guide to the extraordinary, championing only the finest in lifestyle, taste and culture. As we bid farewell to summer and welcome the hues of autumn, this September edition puts a spotlight on the most alluring offerings of the season. Mark your calendars for the grand opening of The Peninsula London on 12 September, and the debut of the ‘Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto’ exhibition on 16 September. Gain exclusive access to Mayfair’s Maison Estelle, or treat your tastebuds to unparalleled Japanese cuisine at Sushi Kanesaka, which we’ve heralded as London’s finest Japanese dining experience. Step into sustainable luxury with John Lobb’s Masons boots, or explore the future of wellbeing with WHOOP’s fitness tracker. Whether it’s sipping on artisanal canned martinis or awakening your senses with the Vertuo Lattissima by Nespresso, this hotlist encapsulates the epitome of refinement and luxury.
An exclusive Mayfair members club with a Scottish twist
Nestled in a historic Georgian townhouse on Grafton Street, Maison Estelle offers the best of both worlds: the grandeur of Scottish countryside traditions and the vibrant energy of London’s Mayfair. This private members club is Ennismore’s latest venture, complete with restaurants, bars, lounges, and a nightclub, each offering a bespoke programme of events that keep the capital’s in-crowd coming back.
Why you should apply for a membership at Maison Estelle
If exclusivity paired with a dynamic atmosphere is what you seek, Maison Estelle is your ideal playground. Created by Sharan Pasricha and the Ennismore team, the club leaves no stone unturned to provide an unmatched member experience. The staff are warm, the food is top-notch, and the clientele is a lively mix of the curious and the connected. This club isn’t just about exclusivity; it’s a hub where heritage and modernity coalesce.
Address: 6 Grafton St, London W1S 4EQ
A new pinnacle of luxury in Belgravia
The Peninsula London
Slated to open its doors on 12 September, The Peninsula London offers an unprecedented mix of British elegance and world-renowned luxury. Nestled at a grand junction near Hyde Park Corner, this new establishment aims to complement the historical allure of Belgravia. With 190 lavishly designed rooms, bespoke residences, and an English-style garden courtyard, the hotel sets a new standard for opulence.
Grand Premier Park Room | Bathroom at The Peninsula London
Why you should stay at The Peninsula London
Every detail at The Peninsula London is curated to offer a blend of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary luxury. The hotel’s generous opening offer includes daily breakfast for two and complimentary airport pick-up for those booking a suite. Between the state-of-the-art venues, Michelin-starred dining, and interiors designed by Peter Marino, the hotel promises a guest experience like no other. Its enviable location, a stone’s throw away from iconic London attractions, makes it an irresistible choice for a sophisticated stay in the capital.
Address: 1 Grosvenor Pl, London SW1X 7HJ
A hidden gem of Japanese culinary art in Mayfair
Tucked away within the luxurious surroundings of 45 Park Lane, Sushi Kanesaka offers an exclusive journey through the traditional art of Japanese sushi making. This Mayfair gem represents the first European foray for the celebrated Tokyo-based sushi master Shinji Kanesaka, promising an extraordinary dining experience that’s akin to a brief sojourn in the bustling districts of Ginza. Read our Dinner Date review of Sushi Kanesaka.
Why you should dine at Sushi Kanesaka
The intimate setting of Sushi Kanesaka allows you a front-row seat to masterful culinary artistry. The restaurant showcases exceptional skill through an omakase menu featuring seasonal delights; from Binchotan-grilled Kobe beef to steamed abalone, each dish is a meticulously crafted experience. Sake and whiskey pairings elevate the dining offering, while the attentive Okami, Nanami-san, embodies the pinnacle of Japanese hospitality.
Address: 45 Park Lane, London W1K 1PN
A sustainable escape in a botanical setting
Dover Yard offers an ideal mix of responsible dining and botanical beauty. Located in the heart of 1 Hotel Mayfair, this bar and lounge provides a tranquil backdrop for Matteo Carretta’s sustainably crafted cocktails and locally sourced bites.
Why you should spend an evening at Dover Yard
Led by Bar Director Matteo Carretta, Dover Yard stands out for its commitment to sustainability, making use of local and seasonal ingredients in both food and drink. Every Friday and Saturday, the atmosphere turns electric, thanks to curated sets from local DJs. It’s a win-win: indulge in excellent fare and cocktails while supporting sustainable practices.
Address: 1 Hotel Mayfair, 3 Berkeley St, London W1J 8DL
A chic and practical way to tote your attire
Gucci Savoy garment bag
Crafted in Italy, this iconic bag comes in the enduring beige and ebony GG Supreme canvas, accented with antique gold-toned hardware and brown leather trim. Featuring a green and red Web detail that screams Gucci, the bag provides ample space with one large zipped compartment, complete with a hanger, and two additional zip pockets. Perfect for ferrying your suit from the gym to the office, this bag blends style with function.
Why you’ll love travelling with the Gucci Savoy garment bag
Marrying form and function, the Gucci Savoy garment bag is your go-to accessory for seamless transitions between different parts of your day. It’s perfect for those who go to the gym before the daily grind, offering a stylish and practical solution for transporting your suit without a wrinkle. The bag is also furnished with a cotton linen lining and double G insignia, showcasing meticulous attention to detail.
£2,620, visit Gucci
A revitalising scent journey inspired by nature
Pacific Chill by Louis Vuitton
With a profile layered in blackcurrant, citron and lemon, Louis Vuitton’s Pacific Chill fragrance promises to elevate your spirit. Complementary notes of coriander and basil seeds, peppermint and orange add a herbal complexity. Coupled with an artful travel case designed by Alex Israel, featuring Californian landscape hues, it’s an invitation to captivate and be captivated. Bottle engraving options are also available for that personal touch.
Why you’ll love wearing Pacific Chill
Embodying vitality and freshness, this Louis Vuitton fragrance is an arresting blend that can serve as both a daytime and evening perfume. Its composition, spanning from fruity to herbal, adds a multifaceted character that complements various moods and settings. The artistry doesn’t stop at the scent: the travel case, designed by Alex Israel, reflects the cologne’s tranquil yet revitalising essence. Plus, the engraving option allows for a level of personalisation that elevates this from a simple scent to a personal signature.
From £235, visit Louis Vuitton
A timeless fusion of Jodhpur and Chelsea boot elegance
Masons boots by John Lobb
Step into the Masons by John Lobb, a refined hybrid that melds the sophistication of Jodhpur boots with the ease of Chelsea styles. A discreet elastic band is hidden under a leather flap, while a signature inverted closure enhances the shoe’s unique aesthetic. With its Goodyear welted construction, hand-sculpted waists, and finely wheeled edges on its Prestige leather soles, Masons promises a lifetime of wear. Crafted in Northampton, England, each pair undergoes a 190-step process, ensuring unparalleled quality.
Why you’ll love wearing the Masons boots by John Lobb
Masons delivers on every front: comfort, style and durability. The elastic band and leather tongue make it easy to slip on, eliminating the fuss of laces. With a design that is as functional as it is stylish, these boots effortlessly transition from casual to formal settings. The included shoe tree, tailored to fit the boots perfectly, exemplifies John Lobb’s attention to detail.
£1,890, visit John Lobb
A smart companion for your wellbeing and performance goals
Meet WHOOP, the revolutionary wearable that does more than just track; it coaches. This nifty device prioritises key biometrics like sleep, strain and recovery to provide personalised performance guidance. With a minimalist design that’s free of screens and distractions, WHOOP works around the clock, thanks to its wireless battery pack. Customise your WHOOP with a plethora of colour and material combinations, making it a true reflection of your style.
Why you should strap on a WHOOP
When it comes to optimising health and performance, WHOOP is in a league of its own. Right from the moment you set your goals, WHOOP begins a learning journey, tailoring custom recommendations to your unique bodily patterns and needs. It doesn’t just provide data; it interprets it, acting as a virtual coach that guides your lifestyle and training choices. The absence of a screen ensures you focus on what truly matters – your health and goals. Its wireless charging capability means it’s always on, just like you.
From £229, visit WHOOP
A ready-to-serve revolution in your martini glass
Tiny Tee’s Dirty Martini by Whitebox Cocktails
The convenience of a can meets the elegance of a classic cocktail with Whitebox Cocktails’ latest innovation: Tiny Tee’s Dirty Vodka Martini. Crafted by award-winning bartenders, this world-first single-serve cocktail combines smooth British wheat vodka, dry vermouth and salty olive brine. Available in cases of 12 or individual 100ml cans, these martinis are the ultimate in fuss-free sophistication to enjoy at the end of a long day. Just freeze, pour and enjoy.
Why you should add Tiny Tee’s Dirty Martini to your bar
Creating the perfect martini usually requires a mixologist’s touch. With Tiny Tee’s, that expertise comes pre-packaged. Each can delivers a cocktail that’s not just convenient but also meticulously balanced. The 34.6% ABV marries the vodka’s clarity with the brine’s salinity, achieving a taste profile that you’d expect from a high-end bar. Whether you’re a martini aficionado or simply hosting a gathering, Tiny Tee’s offers an effortless yet refined experience.
£64 (set of 12), visit Whitebox Cocktails
A touch of luxury in your morning routine
Vertuo Lattissima by Nespresso
Discover the seamless union of convenience and quality with Nespresso’s Vertuo Lattissima. This innovative coffee machine transforms your kitchen into a cafe, offering everything from petite cappuccinos to sumptuous latte macchiatos, all with a single touch. The machine features a range of options for both coffee varieties and cup sizes, ensuring less effort and more pleasure with each brew. With an energy-efficient design and lightning-fast heat-up time, it’s the coffee machine that thinks of everything.
Why you should choose Vertuo Lattissima
What sets Vertuo Lattissima apart is its sheer versatility. Whether you crave a quick espresso or a complex coffee creation, this machine delivers. With an integrated milk solution, you can effortlessly prepare a variety of high-quality milk-based recipes. The one-touch system adds to the convenience, allowing you to brew your favourite coffees with or without milk foam in seconds. And with eco-friendly features like an A+ energy consumption class and automatic power-off, you can enjoy your coffee without a side of guilt.
£379, visit Nespresso
A comprehensive guide to the evolution of a modern art icon
Richard Wright (2023) by Will Bradley
This hardcover book serves as a definitive compendium of Richard Wright’s artistic journey. Focusing on the decade from 2010 to the present, the 356-page volume, published by Rizzoli, provides an in-depth exploration of Wright’s multi-faceted artistry in mediums like acrylic, gouache, gold leaf and stained glass.
Why you should have Richard Wright (2023) on your coffee table
The sheer craftsmanship of Richard Wright’s work deserves a place on any art aficionado’s coffee table. Not only does this book offer a comprehensive look at Wright’s influential oeuvre, but it’s also a feast for the eyes, featuring an array of rich illustrations that span his career from 2010 to today. Essays from cultural leaders lend depth to the visually stunning pages, giving you and your guests plenty to ponder.
£95, visit Blackwell’s
A glimpse into Coco Chanel’s fashion revolution
Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto at V&A South Kensington
‘Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto’ is the first UK exhibition focused solely on the legendary French couturière Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Hosted by the V&A South Kensington from 16 September to 25 February 2024, the exhibit features over 200 of Chanel’s iconic designs, tracing her influential career from her first Paris boutique in 1910 to her final 1971 collection.
Why you should book tickets for Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto
Set your diary for a visit to this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. The showcase offers a unique and comprehensive view into Coco Chanel’s revolutionary approach to fashion and femininity. With over 200 outfits displayed alongside rare archive pieces, it’s a must-see for anyone interested in the evolution of fashion and the legacy of one of its most iconic figures.
£24, visit V&A