Cover Carlyle & Co. at The Rosewood Hong Kong (Photo: Jonathan Maloney & Inga Beckmann/Carlyle & Co.)

Tatler’s man about town reveals the places he goes to see and be seen

Making an entrance, getting that reservation, being seated at the right table, dressing to the nines and having the sway to get all your friends into late-night hotspots makes going out so much fun. I have always loved hosting and going out with my gang to see and be seen. Here are my favourite places to be noticed.

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A favourite watering hole of mine, especially at happy hours on Thursday or Friday, is the deck of Sevva. I love being escorted to the outside terrace, making an entrance against the spectacular skyline backdrop. My favourite table is the very last one on the terrace, sheltered from the wind. Many times, my friends have asked me to help them book “your table, Peter” for them, and I am happy to help—as long as I am not using it.

California and Club 97

In the Eighties and Nineties, everyone scrambled to get into late-night hotspots California and Club 97. They were decadent times: everyone wore designer gear, creating a nightly fashion show that determined who was allowed in, who had to wait outside or—gasp!—who had to pay the cover charge. We would dance on the furniture, lip-syncing as DJs played our requested tunes. Chairs would break but luckily no one ever got hurt. We usually wrapped up at dawn, then went upstairs to Post 97 for a greasy breakfast.

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Va Bene

The restaurant to be seen at in the Nineties was Va Bene, originally at the top of Lan Kwai Fong. With creative seating, maitre d’ Pino Piano created an ambience that has not been replicated since. My friends and I would be there most nights, usually for cocktails, but then we’d end up staying for dinner, then all our other friends would show up for dancing on the bar and shots. Thanks to Pino for always making nights at Va Bene legendary.

Carlyle & Co.

Since it opened in June, Carlyle & Co., a new private members’ club concept by the Rosewood Hotel Group, is becoming a firm favourite. Even though it hasn’t been open long, the welcome and greeting by name is great. The gorgeous terrace is the newest place to be seen, with amazing views and beautiful people flicking their windswept hair.

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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

For as long as I can remember, visiting the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has been like Cheers, where everybody knows my name—from valets to doormen to waiters. While attending a special dinner held in the back kitchen, I was escorted through a secret entrance and passed a bulletin board that had photos of the hotel’s EIPs—extremely important people—and remarks. I was surprised to see my photo and the comment “must acknowledge at all times”. Now I know why I am always given such a welcome.

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