The Athenaeum’s iconic address has housed many creatives over the years, from MP Henry Hope and his prized collection of art, to actors from the golden age of Hollywood. The purpose of the renowned building may have evolved, but creativity remains at its core. The latest expression of this being 116 at The Athenaeum, a modern restaurant headed up by Executive Chef, Ian Howard.
Staying true to the ‘British foundations, international inspiration’ ethos, expect inspiring seasonal menus from dawn to dusk, championing local producers. Think Isle of Mull scallops with chilli and garlic butter, pumpkin tortellini with hazelnut truffle pesto and iced berries with sake sorbet and white chocolate sauce.
No London restaurant would be complete without a quintessentially British afternoon tea. After all, to drink tea is to forget the noise of the world. So, prepare to indulge in delicious sandwiches, picture-perfect cakes and freshy baked scones, all served up on bespoke Ali Miller crockery.
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Nestled beneath the five star hotel in Mayfair, The Spa is the perfect haven of tranquillity, where guests can indulge in bespoke REN treatments and enjoy the quiet sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Spa treatments range from the iconic 150 minute REN Moroccan Rose Ritual to a 30 minute REN Express Facial. Spa experiences are also available, which include a treatment, use of the new facilities and a dining element – such as afternoon tea or lunch – served at 116 at The Athenaeum.
The hotel’s 24 hour gym for hotel guests has been fully refurbished, with the latest equipment from Technogym introduced and Peloton bikes, for guests who wish to join any of Peloton’s live or recorded spin classes.
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Before joining the team, our Executive Head Chef, Ian Howard worked as Head Chef at Borough Market’s renowned Roast Restaurant and as Executive Head Chef at Babylon Restaurant and The Roof Gardens High Street Kensington.
His cooking style is simple and fresh, enticing the full flavours out of ingredients and adding an interesting and unexpected twist. Ian is passionate about sourcing the very best ingredients: “One of my favourite daily tasks is talking with suppliers to find out what their best produce is on any given day and transforming that into something magnificent for our customers.”
A seasoned professional with over twenty-five years’ experience, Joanne’s pedigree background has led her around the world playing an integral part in each position held. Joanne’s strong creativity and leadership helped her facilitate the repositioning of The Trafalgar St James from a 4-star hotel to a luxury 5-star boutique during her time as General Manager (April 2016-April 2018). This repositioning included introducing the hotel to a new audience, and creating the highly successful food and beverage concept ‘The Rooftop’, named as ‘Best Rooftop Bar’ by the Daily Telegraph in March 2018 and one of GQ Magazine’s ‘Best Places to Spend New Year’.
Between 2011-2016, she held several key roles within the ReDefineBDL group starting as General Manager ReDefineBDL based at the Crowne Plaza London, Docklands (2011-2014) before progressing to Cluster General Manager overseeing Crowne Plaza Docklands, Crowne Plaza Marlow and Crowne Plaza Reading properties (July 2014-Dec 2014); before ascending to Divisional Director for the group; overseeing 8 managed hotels between January 2015-March 2016.
Progressing and nurturing young talent is one of the reasons Joanne gets out of bed in the morning and is an initiative she is fiercely passionate about. She played a pivotal role setting up the inaugural IHG Academy programme to help young and long-term unemployed individuals return to the workplace, as well as assisting Dr Hilary Cooke to setup of a mentoring scheme between St Julian Scholars and the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma graduates.
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