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ESQUIRE TOWNHOUSE 2018


  • Esquire Townhouse 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH (map)
Esquire Townhouse

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Britain’s most stylish magazine brand comes to life over four days at London’s most exclusive pop-up members’ club. Interviews, performances, masterclasses, drinks, supper clubs, fitness sessions and more, from style to sport, tech to travel, food to film and beyond.

Every ticket gives you access to The Esquire Club – an entire floor of the Townhouse where you can relax in their bar and lounge, enjoy their coffee shop, explore the Breitling Loft and experience their dedicated Sports Lounge space to discover the latest in tech and take a trip down sporting memory lane. It’s your very own pop-up members’ club.

Line Up So Far:

THURSDAY 11th OCTOBER

5:30pm – 6:30pm: In conversation with Peter Crouch

Join them for an intimate conversation with one of Britain’s favourite footballers, Peter Crouch. As one of the most likable men in English sport, expect a candid conversation that will explore an illustrious career that has taken in goals, world cups and plenty of memorable anecdotes. Guests will gain a unique – and funny – insight into what the life of a premier league footballer is really like. Tickets to this event will also include a copy of Crouch’s recently released memoir, How to be a Footballer. Includes audience Q&A. Peter will also be signing copies of his book immediately after the talk.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: In conversation with Chuka Umunna MP

The former shadow business secretary is one of the most interesting figures in British politics, a former Labour leader in waiting whose star is rising once more in the wake of post-Brexit Britain. In conversation with Tim Lewis, who recently wrote a long Esquire profile feature on Umunna, expect a full, frank and fascinating discussion taking in Brexit, Trump and the future of Britain.


6.30pm – 7.30pm: Cocktail Masterclass – The Modern Life of Plants

Will Meredith, award-winning senior bartender at Dandelyan will introduce the bar’s latest cocktail menu that showcases and champions the best parts of their food systems whilst ensuring deliciousness remains the priority.


7pm – 8pm: In conversation with Sir Clive Woodward

Get up close and personal with England’s only World-Cup winning head coach, knight of the realm and now as a renowned speaker, motivator and outspoken pundit. A highly successful sportsman in his own right, it’s as a coach that Woodward really excelled, applying psychology, attention to detail and tactical analysis to help bring sport coaching into the modern era. In conversation with sports presenter Mark Durden-Smith, expect a fascinating no-holds-barred discussion on what it takes to succeed in rugby, sport and life.


8.30pm – 9.30pm: Exclusive performance from Tom Odell

Join them for an exclusive performance with the multi award-winning musician Tom Odell. This will be a unique opportunity to see one of the UK’s favourite singer-songwriters in an intimate venue, playing a selection of tracks from his upcoming album Jubilee Road. There will also be the opportunity for guests to ask Tom their questions in our Q&A session that will follow the performance. Odell has cemented himself as a household name with his platinum debut album Long Way Down and winning both the BRIT’s critic’s choice and the prestigious Ivor Novello Songwriter of the Year awards. Don’t miss this chance to hear a rare musical talent up close.


8.30pm – 10pm: Autumn Internationals Dinner with England Rugby legend Simon Shaw MBE and friends

From South Africa to New Zealand, the world’s best teams are lining up against the Home Nations to compete head to head in this year’s Autumn Internationals. In celebration (and appreciation!), this year M Restaurants and Esquire have teamed up to invite you to a spectacular dinner hosted by the legendary former England player Simon Shaw MBE and some of his equally gregarious friends.

You will be feasting on an inspired menu that takes you on a culinary journey through the home nations produced by Sunday Brunch & MasterChef Star and Executive Head Chef Of M Restaurants, Mike Reid. If the excellent company and incredible menu weren’t enough, you’ll be glad to hear that in addition, each of the four courses will be paired with outstanding wines that both complement and enhance the dishes. Rugby fan or not, we assure you this is not one to miss.

FRIDAY 12th OCTOBER

4pm – 5pm: In conversation with Christian Louboutin

There are few fashion staples as iconic as a red-soled Christian Louboutin shoe. We are honoured to host a live in-conversation with the designer himself who will be interviewed by Esquire’s editor-in-chief, Alex Bilmes. At Esquire Townhouse you will have the chance to hear the Parisian designer talk candidly about his esteemed career, a rare opportunity to see one of fashion’s most influential creatives in an intimate setting.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Make the perfect Martini with Salvatore Calabrese

Discover the art of Martini making with The Donovan Bar and Salvatore Calabrese, who has made his world-renowned ‘My Martini’ for everyone from film stars, to presidents and royalty. ‘The Maestro’ himself will teach you how to make the perfect Martini, super cool and super dry, plus variations of the classic including Ian Fleming’s Vesper Martini and Salvatore’s Breakfast Martini.


6:30pm – 7:30pm: In conversation with John Grant

John Grant is a man who has been to hell and back. And this Townhouse-exclusive opportunity to hear tales told by the award-winning musician is guaranteed to be a hell of a time. Jon Savage – whose revealing profile of Grant in our October issue examined everything from the creative process behind the singer’s latest album to his struggles with drugs, alcohol, and growing up in the conservative Midwest – will be leading the discussion. Expect a frank insight into Grant’s incredible story and remarkable body of work ahead of his October 30th gig at the O2 Academy Brixton.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Experience the Spirit of the winemaker

Go on a journey with Chapel Down, England’s leading winemaker as they guide you from their wines to spirits in a tasting masterclass, whilst taking you behind the scenes of the process a winemaker uses to create a range of spirits that are so closely linked to their heritage and expertise.

8pm – 9pm: In conversation with Paul Dano

Talents like Paul Dano don’t come around very often. And the opportunities to catch them speaking openly about their craft even less so. Giving a rare on-stage interview to an intimate audience, Dano will be at Townhouse to discuss his impressive career so far, and equally impressive transition from beloved indie darling to fully-fledged leading man. With an acting career that spans over a decade of quality pictures, Dano will also cover his recent move behind the camera for directorial debut, Wildlife. The film – based on the novel by Robert Ford with a screenplay adapted by Dano and his partner Zoe Kazan – is set to take the London Film Festival by storm, and its captivating performances from its leading actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan have already impressed critics. So don’t miss this conversation with a big Hollywood talent on the rise.

8:30pm – 10pm: Foraging Supper Club with Native

Native founders Ivan Tisdell-Downs and Imogen Davis host a foraging-focused supper club bringing their passion for wild produce and seasonal cooking to Esquire Townhouse. Having spent time in the kitchens at River Cottage in Devon and the renowned Blue Hill Farm in New York, Ivan’s cooking is influenced by the innovative cooking with natural, foraged and seasonal produce, while Imogen, a hunter-gatherer at heart, spent weekends foraging in the Northamptonshire countryside. If you want to experience first-hand one of the food scene’s most interesting movements, don’t miss this memorable evening.

SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER

Esquire Townhouse Fitness Morning

From 9am until noon on Saturday, 13 October, Esquire Townhouse is turning into the ultimate fitness destination with a bespoke programme of classes, challenges, expert consultations and nutrition planning curated by Esquire’s health and wellbeing editor Tom Macklin.  Discover the latest fitness trends via our ticketed schedule of new classes hosted by leading trainers from Equinox, Third Space, Barry’s Bootcamp, Heartcore, Blok and F45.

Book a 15-minute consultation in The Esquire Clinic with some of the most sought-after experts in the capital. Learn how to prevent injury with Third Space’s Luke Worthington, a qualified postural restoration expert; nutritionist Sarah Ann Macklin will give advice on how to improve your health from the outside in; and elite PT Andy Vincent will be offering gait and mobility assessments.

Drop into the Esquire Kitchen and enjoy a post-workout protein bar snack from Pulsin, or visit CoYo’s breakfast bar. A shake bar will be provided by Neat Nutrition and Vita Coco water.

Ticketholders are also invited to take advantage of the pop-up Skinwork station offering a range of its signature treatments including LED light therapy and microdermabrasion. They’ll also supply refreshing Rehydrating Mist Hydrosol sprays from The Lost Explorer.

12:15pm – 1:15pm: How To Start An Art Collection: A Bluffer’s Guide

Fancy yourself as a bit of an art aficionado? Well looking is one thing, but collecting it is this year’s buzziest subject, which is why they’ve assembled a crack team of experts to tell you everything you need to know to get started: Gemma Barnett, Director of print sales at The Photographers Gallery; actor, art enthusiast and collector Russell Tovey; Robert Sheffield, Associate Director of the Dominique Levy galleries (and chairman of the Serpentine Future Contemporaries Committee); and Nick Boyce, former E-Commerce Director at King & McGaw. Chaired by art historian, writer, and broadcaster Ferren Gipson, the panel will be dropping invaluable insider tips and advice for all levels of knowledge and budgets. Expect a fun and lively discussion that will also leave you smarter and savvier about all things art.

3pm – 4pm: Finding Redemption: How To Reach Your Full Potential with John McAvoy

When someone who used to be a high-profile armed robber tells you something: you listen. Handed a life sentence at 24-years-old, McAvoy refused to accept a life behind bars as his destiny. So he turned his entire life around instead. McAvoy not only broke two indoor rowing world records while incarcerated (the 100,000m and the furthest distance rowed in 24 hours), but, since his release, he’s gone on to become the only Nike-sponsored triathlete in the world and has set up his own foundation to help troubled youths. An inspirational talk is guaranteed – and McAvoy’s advice may well help you on the road to realising your own grand plans.


3pm – 4pm: Disruptors And Innovators: How To Shake Up The Market And Win

Starting your own business takes a lot of guts. Starting your own business that completely shakes up the landscape of the market takes even more. This panel discussion offers you the chance to hear first-hand from the people who have done just that. Adam Breeden – the man behind popular late-night locations All-Star Lanes, Bounce, and Flight Club – who has helped change the way we socialise. Phoebe Hugh will explain how she has taken on the might of the insurance business with her innovative app Brolly. And former Olympic swimmer Lee Forster, co-founder of Neat Nutrition, will explain how simplifying an established system can sometimes be the most disruptive thing of all. There will also be the opportunity to share your own questions and experiences.


3:30pm – 4:30pm: Wine Tasting from Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

However much some of us think we know about wine, the reality is probably a little more sketchy. Which is why this informative and entertaining masterclass from one of London’s top sommeliers is a must for anyone wanting to understand the basic principles of tasting and drinking wine. Ruben Desport, Head Sommelier for Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, will cover the topics of serving, tasting and navigating a wine list. Now in its third year at Townhouse, this is always one of our most popular classes of the weekend, so sign up now while you can.


4:30pm – 5:30pm: How To Start a Hit Podcast

2018 is the year of the podcast. They’re ubiquitous. Everywhere. At least one of your closest friends has probably got one (“It’s really funny, mate, you should check it out”). And you’ve finally decided that you want in. But turning a podcast into a viable business venture is no easy feat. Thankfully, this ‘How-to’ panel on turning a podcast into a profession features a selection of the country’s top pod talent: The Football Ramble’s Luke Moore, Little Atoms’ Neil Denny and Dot Dot Dot CEO Joel Porter all provide invaluable behind-the-scenes advice on getting your podcast off the ground and keeping it there. And with self-proclaimed “podcast master” Ben Green as host, you’ll be in very safe hands.

SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER

11:00am to 2:30pm: Esquire Townhouse Closing Brunch

Join Esquire Townhouse to celebrate the end of their fantastic week wirg music, booze, and indecent amounts of food!


Dates: Thursday 11th October - Sunday 14th October

Location: 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Investment: Tickets from £5 to £60

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