When British people talk about social status what they mean is: Which club are you member of? Same goes for most other cities in the world except for Vienna.
So when a friend whispered last year that he went to Lou Lou’s and everybody who is anybody is actually a member, he challenged me. “Darling, YOU certainly have no problem to get in. No? ” Translated that meant: If you think that you are THAT great why haven’t you been there ALREADY? So. Granted, I am not a billionaire, nor are my parents, nor am I a Royal or sister to somebody who married a Royal, nor do I work for Tatler, so I was facing a question: Who to ask? As you need a member to take you. Of course.
The following weekend of this conversation I had breakfast with a friend who wanted to take me out for drinks in London at Lou Lou’s (the club in Hertford street), ON MY BIRTHDAY, but it didn’t work as his fellow left town and was unreachable. So half a year later, my husband decided to take full responsibility for my desire to get access to the world of the superrich and meaningful. So we visited Hertford street on Tuesday night. I was surprised. So that’s what it looks like. Like Annabel’s. But bigger. Same people, similar decor, similar everything. The new Annabel’s. I was told that just some rich Arabs and Russians (basically everybody who pumps $$$ into the country) are still visiting A. but the British money elite prefers to meet at Hertford street nowadays.
If you want me to describe the atmosphere: A house (another member club, but slightly outdated and out-of-fashion) meets money and understatement. Feels like a cozy living room, looks like a cozy living room, is a cozy living room. People who enter, are actually part of the family. Nice feeling. Minus the lack of the billions. This feeling is not that nice anymore. Oh and a missing driver in front of the street doesn’t help neither. Will I come back? Certainly. Do I feel comfortable? Certainly. Do I bother that billion is the new million? Certainly.
I had to take quick snapshots as a camera is something people don’t really appreciate in places like that.