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Nicky Haslam

The interiors maestro takes to the cabaret stage

Nicky Haslam

November 25 2010
Nicky Haslam

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The average week for me can involve up to six parties a night. However, this week I have had to refuse several invitations on a couple of nights, as I have been asked to perform a cabaret at the recently refurbished Beaufort Bar at the Savoy. Having “performed” at Bellamy’s last year, the invite for the Savoy was the next step up on the glamour ladder, and a wonderful opportunity to get many of my friends around me to celebrate in style.

The Beaufort Bar is so chic, with gilded niches that complement the cocktails that the head barman, Chris Moore, blended – among them a whisky-based one called Nicky’s New Fashioned, which is a revamp of my old fave, an Old Fashioned; and then a sublime champagne mix, Sheer Opulence, named after my book (thank goodness they didn’t try to come up with one called Redeeming Features after my other book).

Once I had rearranged the bar to make it more pleasing to the eye, the friends poured in. Cilla Black joined in on my rendition of Don’t Fence Me In, alongside Barry Humphries, Lord Lloyd-Webber, Gary Kemp and Dave Gilmour among many others. Wednesday’s guests included my new beau, Kate Moss, my dearest friend Bryan Ferry, glamorous Jerry Hall – and I was thrilled that the divine Prince Emmanuel of Savoia could come. Cole Porter would have loved it: the Prince of Savoia at the Savoy!

After all this excitement in the evenings, I am only too grateful to return to my office and catch up with the design team and current projects. I’m meeting with potential new clients, and if the proposed project comes off, it will be terribly exciting. After the meetings I turn my attention to completing the watercolour I have been working on, go through my correspondence, reply to e-mails, and plan the night ahead. All this and cabaret talent too!

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