Leading nightlife entrepreneurs to open new club


Alberts Fraser, Jake, Carlo, Piers

Four leading names in the nightlife sector are coming together to open a glamorous new “dinner and dance” club in London.

Jake Parkinson-Smith, Carlo Carello, Piers Adam and Fraser Carruthers are preparing to launch Albert’s in Old Brompton Road in South Kensington in September.

The private members club aims to revive the “atmosphere of old-world glamour” which they say the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was once famous for, providing an “in-demand alternative” to Mayfair.

It will feature a mahogany wood-panelled whisky and martini bar stocking unique and historic spirits including two whiskies from 1819 and 1861 – the year and death of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.

The bar is named after Prince Albert, inspired by the area once being known as Albertopolis because of his early involvement in developing its cultural institutions such as the museums and Royal Albert Hall.

The decor will be sleek but classic, peppered with “eccentric British twists”. Features will include a Balmoral tartan staircase, vivacious wallpapers by Colefax and Fowler, and Prince Albert’s original love letters to Queen Victoria.

Piers Adam has been running bars and clubs since K-Bar in the 1990s and was a founder of leading London bars such as Mahiki and Bodo’s Schloss. Carlo Carello was part of the management team of London club Morton’s and ran royal favourite Boujis as a director of Ignite Group.

Jake Parkinson-Smith’s extensive career includes running Boujis and London club Raffles. He and Fraser Carruthers were involved in launching the award-winning 2&8 Club beneath Morton’s.

They say that Albert’s will “play host to London’s latest and most memorable dinner and dance experience”. The kitchen, run by Alessio Piras, will serve a menu “infused with tradition and quality”, with a balance between timeless classics and modern-day favourites.

Dishes will include steak tartare prepared at your table and white truffles from Alba in Italy. Albert’s will also have a private dining room.

The club aims to be a destination for entertainment, promising live performances from internationally renowned artists and world-famous DJs.

It will have a committee that brings together the worlds of fashion, film and food, including other familiar names from the club scene such as Ben Elliot as well as The Who frontman Roger Daltrey.

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