Despite being a pop up venue that closed 3 years ago it feels appropriate for me to begin this blog by paying tribute to such an event.
Salon D’ete was a 1930’s themed pop up venue that ran in the summer months of 2010. Hidden away on Duke Street above the members club ‘L’Equipe Anglaise’, when you entered you embarked upon a secret garden bursting with canopies of ivy, falling beams of hazed light and luscious palm trees. The room depicted a scene from Casablanca with the décor, staff costumes and entertainment all echoing the artistic class and elegance of the 1930’s. The intricate detail was exquisite with Perrier Jouet branded flowers painted to climb the walls as well as the champagne flutes. Edward Saperia managed to created his own oasis, a virtual theatre stage where guests were more than spectators but a welcomed part of the performance.
I was moved by this event and spellbound by its ambience. I’m desperately sad that it ran for such a short period of time, but perhaps this added to its enchantment. All good things come to an end and all bright stars eventually burn out. It certainly opened my eyes to the capability of an event and I’ll be forever looking for more of these hidden gems.