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The Coming of Ciro's to London

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AT last Ciro’s, the famous Monte Carlo Restaurant, is coming to London–in the form of a Club. Established over thirty years ago, Ciro’s has had one continuous run of success, and is talked of in every corner of the globe. A favourite rendezvous of the late King Edward, it can boast of having on more than one occasion seated in its salle at one meal–and without counting public banquets–fifteen crooned heads and Princes of Royal blood. Three years ago Ciro’s was taken over by an English syndicate, at the head of which is Earl Poulett, and when the branch establishment was opened in Paris it immediately became as famous a rendezvous as its parent at Monte Carlo, while a similar success attended the opening of the Deauville establishment in 1913. Early last year those interested in Ciro’s decided that its frequenters should have the benefit in London of the exquisite cuisine which they are used to in Monte Carlo, Paris, and Deauville, and to open a Club. The building was nearly completed at the end of July, but the war breaking out prevented the arrival of a great many of the goods essential for the opening from France and elsewhere for with a view to estab lishing a purely French restaurant in London, nearly everything has been ordered from Paris. The kitchens are being fitted by Cubain the silver is being supplied by Christofle, the linen and furniture by the Louvre, the porcelain comes from Haviland, and the glass from Baccarat. Unfortunately, the bronze ckapiteaiix of the marble columns, which had been ordered from Liege, for obvious reasons will not be in place on the opening day though no doubt they are being delivered by the Germans in another form.Not only is the equipment of the restaurant coming from Paris, but the staff also, and M. Gervais, the famous chej, will arrive with the whole of his brigade for the opening. The only newcomer will be Luigi (late of Romano’s), who will be in charge of the restaurant, where a great feature of Lunch and Dinner will be served at the usual West End prices not at those in vogue at “Monte Carlo and the closing j of the Monte Carlo season at the end of March will release part of the staff and enable- the opening in London to take place without interfering with the establishment in Paris. At supper a coon orchestra, each member an artiste in himself, numbering seven in all, will perform, and at. midnight the centre of the floor will be cleared to enable the members to dance, a patent spring dancing floor having been fitted. As regards the building itself, the entrance hall,, with plain stone-finished walls and marble floor, leads into the Dining Room, decorated in Louis XV style,. with gallery running round it, supported by marble columns. It will seat about four hundred people, and in style reminds one somewhat of the salle at Negresco’s, at Nice. For those who do not happen to be in evening dress a charming grill-room downstairs is provided, fitted up in the Normandy style, a copy of Ciro’s, of Deauville. No expense of any kind has been spared, and the establishment from floor to roof is the very last word in an elablissement de luxe. The Club premises are situated in Orange Street,. Leicester Square, and therefore its position makes it get-at-able for everyone, as it is within a stone’s throw of the principal hotels and theatres- in the West End. Mr. Horace Howard is Secretary of the Club


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Issue 588. - Vol 45

Mar, 10 1915

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