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World Cup Fever By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews Chantelle Kidd from V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, about the impact of the World Cup on a host city….

V&A Waterfront

As one of Cape Town’s best-known tourism jewels, and a neighbour to the Cape Town Stadium, the V&A Waterfront is a prime catchment area for locals and visitors in search of the football experience.

What did you think when you heard that South Africa was going to host the World Cup?

The importance of the World Cup for our nation is the legacy that the event will leave. The World Cup allows us to support the country and showcase and change the world’s perception of the country. The benefit for all will be an increase in tourism numbers going forward, providing sustainable economic stimulus.

What additional measures have you taken to prepare for increased tourism during the World Cup?

Over and above being accustomed to sizeable crowds during peak seasons, the V&A Waterfront undertook a series of stress-testing exercises to ensure that it was prepared – such as the various sporting test events at the stadium. There have also been significant upgrades to safety and security, cleaning, lighting, access routes and parking facilities following comparative risk assessments based on valuable lessons learnt at the football World Cup in Germany.


What impact has the World Cup had on Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront in particular?

The V&A Waterfront is an historic landmark and one of Africa’s most visited cultural destinations. Its prime positioning, which boasts panoramic views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks, has earned it numerous local and international awards. The V&A Waterfront is a hub of World Cup excitement. Our reputation as a safe shopping and entertainment destination, where locals and internationals rub shoulders, has put us at the heart of the celebrations.

What is the atmosphere like when there is a fixture at the Cape Town Stadium?

The atmosphere is best described as electric! Its unique location between two world heritage sites (Table Mountain and Robben Island), set around a working harbour, just adds to the appeal.

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Are You On The List? By The Luxury Channel

Members-only clubs give celebrities a respite from prying lenses. We bring you Soho House’s latest venture in West Hollywood and explore the top ten members clubs world-wide….

Are You on the List?

Soho House has often held an Oscars party to be remembered – it is the place for any aspiring starlet to be and be seen. Soho House West Hollywood is sure to set the scene all year round. Go for its beautiful interiors (a good mix of Shoreditch-style glamour and art-deco chandeliers) and an impressive sweeping marble staircase (perfect for floating red-carpet dresses and those planning an dazzling entrance). You can always rely on the Soho House Group to provide a haven for an evening. From Babington to Berlin, you can bet your bottom dollar that the food and views will always be spectacular and that your guests will be impressed and delighted for an invite. Meanwhile, staff and supporting services (Cowshed spa treatments and fluffy beds in the design-led hotel rooms) will never fail to please.

Home House

Located in a Georgian town house that has recently extended to add 21st Century modernity to its traditional sumptuous 18th Century interior, and with a Zaha Hadid bar no less, Home House offers its members fine dining, exciting parties (Woodstock and fairytale themes were recent spectacles) and a champagne garden. Fitness darlings will love the private gym. The personal trainers in residence are miracle workers. Membership by recommendation only.

20 Portman Square

Tel: + 4420 7670 2000

Milk And Honey

Members are able to access both the London and New York clubs, where they will experience scrumptious food and unrivalled drinks that are served in specially frozen glasses, mixed with juices squeezed on-site and by hand. House rules require that a gentleman should never approach a lady, making Milk And Honey the height of luxury and sophistication.

134 Eldridge Street
New York

Annabel’s Club

The unassuming entrance sequesters the club’s exquisite interior and glamorous clientele from the outside world. Inside, members are served drinks and gastronomic delights including the club’s infamous bitter chocolate ice cream until 3am under the star-lit glamour of the dance floor. This is a place only the truly wealthy can afford to frequent. A key highlight is the time Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell danced here after filming Alexander.

44 Berkeley Square

Tel: 020 74914157

The Jonathan Club

The Jonathan Club provides its members with two luxury venues, so they can visit both a sophisticated town club and an indulgent beach haven. The Town Club boasts a large indoor pool, gym with personal trainers, meeting rooms, a large library, a relaxed sports bar style tavern and a Tuscan Terrace that regularly features live jazz.

The Jonathan Club
545 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles

Tel: + 1 213 624 0881

Società del Whist – Accademia Filarmonica

Located in the extravagant surroundings of The Palace of the Accademia Filarmonica, even the most discerning member cannot fault the beautiful interior of this Baroque masterpiece. With a gallery displaying paintings representing mythological subjects and a neo-classical concert hall, members experience the finest of Italian architecture alongside luxury dining.

Tel: +39 0 11 53 18 02

The California Club

Billed as “one of the finest clubs in the world,” its initiation fee is high at $10,000. Recognised for its gourmet dining experience and its membership of powerful and successful men and women, the California Club also earned architect Robert Farquar the Distinguished Honor Award for its Renaissance design.

538 South Flower Street
Los Angeles

Tel: + 1 213 622 1391

Le Cercle Munster

To join this riverside club, members must be backed by two sponsors and their application approved by the admissions committee. Once inside its exclusive walls, members enjoy temporary exhibitions of paintings and sculptures and have access to a varied “Programme Culturel.”

5-7 Rue Munster
L-2160 Luxembourg
Grand-Duche de Luxembourg

Tel: + 35 2 47 06 43-1

Cercle Royal Gaulois Artistique Et Littéraire

Aiming to constitute an intellectual, artistic and literary meeting place, this Club offers a reading and bridge room amongst its beautifully decorated interior to entertain its eminent membership of Ambasssadors, Members of Parliament and Magistrates. Also an attractive Club for ladies, Cercle Royal Gaulois arranges visits to museums, archeological lectures and ladies-only dining nights.

Rue de la Loi, 5
1000 Bruxelles

Tel: + 32 02 500 10 80

Cape Town Club

Cape Town Club provides a peaceful escape from the town’s busy city and Mediterranean climate with its sheltered garden and pool. Its elegant interior displays portraits of many of South Africa’s most famous figures. Noted for fine dining, the club’s bistro and restaurant have been awarded four and five stars respectively.

Leinster Hall
Weltevreden Street
Cape Town 8001
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 424 5586