17-19 October 2019
10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
Back again for a fourth year, Britain’s most stylish magazine brand will be coming to life over three days and three nights at our townhouse in St James’s.
Join Esquire for a curated line-up of interviews, panels, performances, masterclasses, supper clubs and fitness sessions — covering everything from style to sport, food to film and more.
Every ticket grants you all-day access to The Esquire Club — an entire floor of the Townhouse where you will find a range of complimentary activities and experiences, as well as a bar and lounge.
WHAT’S ON IN ESQUIRE TOWNHOUSE
The Esquire Club will be filled with a host of bespoke experiences throughout the weekend, curated in partnership with our partners, providing the perfect place to relax and socialise with you friends and have some fun.
The Breitling lounge a relaxed and informal space where guests can enjoy a boutique coffee during the day and something a little stronger in the evening whilst joining the brand on a journey of discovery, including the sustainable efforts being made by Breitling to preserve our oceans and marine life with ECONYL® and Outerknown.
The Breitling Loft showcases the three Breitling Worlds – Air, Land and Sea, highlighting the brands revered collections and partnerships along with an exhibition of iconic Breitling timepieces from the 1930’s to today. Join us at the Breitling loft to talk with experts and ambassadors from the Breitling Squads.
The Grooming Room with Sebastian Professional
Our pop-up grooming salon in partnership with Sebastian Professional, where you can have a complimentary styling session from the expert barbers at Hob Salons, discover the newest range of Sebastian Professional hair care, styling, and grooming products for men, or consult the experts for a Nioxin treatment. You’ll also walk away with a complimentary grooming package, filled with Sebastian Professionals’ newest grooming products.
Clarks in the Fashion Gallery
Showcasing its iconic creation, the Desert Boot, which will be on display alongside the story behind the world’s first ‘dress casual’ shoe. To mark the partnership, actor and Clarks ambassador, Alexander Skarsgård, will be appearing at Townhouse for an onstage interview on Saturday evening.
Marking a first for this year’s Townhouse, our official car sponsor CUPRA will be running a special car concierge service for Townhouse guests from 4pm – 10pm on Thursday and Friday and 12pm – 10pm on Saturday. Head to the CUPRA concierge desk to book your slot and to experience this new performance car brand for yourself with a ride in the new CUPRA Ateca.
Luxury department store Harvey Nichols comes to Townhouse this year in its very own pop-up space, where guests can enjoy a host of Harvey Nichols styling services. Enjoy a drink while you browse its range of men’s classic or ask for advice from the on-hand expert personal shoppers.
B&O Rugby World Cup, Football Premiership and Film Screenings
High-end sound and vision technology with design are the hallmarks of Danish technology brand Bang & Olufsen, who are joining us at this year’s Esquire Townhouse as official sound and vision partner. You can experience their products for yourself with a Friday screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and our Saturday screenings of Blade Runner 2049, the Rugby World Cup and the Premier League Football.
The Fashion Gallery
See the 2019 Esquire Edit capsule collection up close for the first time.
6:00pm: R.E.M. Special: 25th Anniversary of Monster
In a rare onstage interview, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills will be speaking at Townhouse to mark the 25th anniversary reissue of their ninth album ‘Monster’, an album released in a seminal year for music and which saw the band at the height of their powers following breakout global success with ‘Out of Time’ and ‘Automatic For The People’ and prior to the legendary Monster tour of 1995. In many ways, the story of Monster is the story of the band and its enduring legacy. Don’t miss what will be a fascinating insight into music history in the making.
6:00pm: The State We’re In: An Evening With John Lanchester
Often praised for his eloquence and terrifying exactness, the award-winning novelist and journalist John Lanchester is a master chronicler of and commentator on the modern world. He’s covered Artificial Intelligence, Facebook and the global economic crash with the same laser eye and is on this year’s longlist for The Booker Prize with his dystopian novel, The Wall, an all too plausible depiction of life in Britain after environmental catastrophe. Expect a fascinating discussion with one of our great thinkers.
7:30pm: Tracks of My Years: Tracey Thorn in Conversation with Miranda Sawyer
Singer-songwriter-author Tracey Thorn – best known as half of platinum-selling duo Everything But The Girl alongside partner Ben Watt – discusses her remarkable and diverse musical career with journalist Miranda Sawyer. Interspersed with key clips from some of Thorn’s most celebrated performances, the evening’s central theme will explore musical collaboration across various genres and how it differs from creating her solo material. Tracks under the microscope will include EBTG’s “Missing” — and how Todd Terry’s club remix made it an international smash — recordings with Paul Weller’s soul-based Style Council, Australian indie icons The Go-Betweens and Bristol trip-hoppers Massive Attack, plus more recent work with John Grant and Jens Lekman. Expect insight, candour, wit and musical memories from one of our most distinctive and treasured voices.
7:30pm: A Taste of Malta Supper Club with Visit Malta
A unique 4-course dinner with wine pairing.
Maltese cuisine is a fantastic mix of flavours and techniques, blending various influences from Europe and the middle east with strong traditions of its own. In this special superclub hosted by the Maltese Tourism Board, guests will enjoy a four course meal from acclaimed Maltese chef Rafel Sammut, who will be serving dishes curated with local ingredients paired with wine from the Marsovin vineyard, showcasing the best of the Island’s gastronomic scene. Dining in the grand surroundings of the Music Room at Esquire Townhouse, this promises to be a memorable evening spent discovering Malta’s food and culture.
- Antipasto Lampuki marinated in a lemon juice, preserved lemon, capers, soft herbs, felfel and olive oil (all ingredients will be sourced locally, using last year’s press for olive oil which was particularly peppery) / Vegetarian: Tomato, Vinegar and herb tartar, pecorino crisp
- First Course Agnolotti filled with liquid pecorino ta’ Salvu, tossed in 30hr pork reduction, rosemary and lemon juice (18-month aged pecorino from the valley between Attard and Zebbug at Ta’ Salvu u Marie) / Vegetarian: Agnolotti tossed in and emulsion of butter and wild thyme
- Second Course Trio of pork – Pork flank marinated in lime and salt, grilled thick-cut house cured bacon and braised pork cheek croquette, served with a Maltese sausage hollandaise and an emulsion of local her / Vegetarian: Charred pumpkin – slices of charred pumpkin rubbed in spices topped with crumbled gbejna tal-bzar, roasted almonds, pomegranate seeds and olive oil
- Dessert Prickly pear sorbet
*Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any dietary requirements
8:30pm: Beef Butchery Masterclass & Steak Tasting with The Ginger Pig
A rare chance to get up close and personal with the butchery masters and join them for dinner.
Led by George Donelly, one of The Ginger Pig’s most experienced and charismatic butchers, you’ll watch a full beef butchery demonstration during which George breaks down a whole rib and loin of beef, learning about the importance of dry-ageing, the qualities of each cut and where all the prime steaks come from. You’ll also taste a variety of steaks of different ages, accompanied with Bottle Apostle’s finest Chateau Puynard Bordeaux, fries and green salad in an informal dinner. All in the grand surroundings of the Townhouse dining room. It promises to be a lively and memorable evening not to be missed.
8:30am: The Business of Luxury In 2019: How Heritage Brands Adapt In an On-Demand World
Our business breakfast panel with St James’s examines the challenges and opportunities facing heritage and luxury brands in fast-moving modern markets. The discussion will explore the importance of innovation, agility and authenticity and how a flexible start-up mentality can benefit even long-established companies. The panel features three high-profile British brands, from one of London’s most creative neighbourhoods, with fascinating insight in this area: Jon Graham, CEO of Floris, Tim Little, owner and Creative Director of Grenson and Jess Mcguire-Dudley, Marketing and Design Director of John Smedley, chaired by Helen-Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole. Expect an illuminating and wide-ranging discussion which we can all learn lessons from.
*Tickets to this panel also include a pre-event networking breakfast provided by Danish bakery Ole&Steen
6:00pm: In conversation with Kim Jones, Creative Director of Dior Homme
One of the most influential designers working in men’s fashion, the Artistic Director of Dior men’s, Kim Jones, will be joining us on stage at Esquire Townhouse to discuss his exceptional career. Having been mentored by Alexander McQueen when first starting out, Jones has gone on to take the helm at a series of fashion houses, ushering in new eras each time and changing how we dress in the process. He’s kickstarted several major menswear trends on his own, including the high-fashion streetwear phenomenon. Now the first British designer to take a top job at Dior, this is a rare chance to hear about his influences, inspirations, working style and what’s still to come.
6:00pm: Mr Lyan Studio Cocktail Masterclass
The Mr Lyan Group is well known for both its award-winning cocktail bars and its sustainable approach. So we’re delighted to host Mr Lyan Studio for this exclusive Townhouse masterclass, where you will learn everything you need to put on a show-stopping cocktail party or drinks night at home, using everyday ingredients from your kitchen. You’ll be shown how to customise ingredients and maximise what you already have as the Mr Lyan bartender will demo a versatile three cocktail menu which you’ll be testing for yourself – and can enjoy in the bar downstairs if you have any left! You’re certain to leave with some inspiration for your next cocktail party.
6:30pm: In Conversation with Salman Rushdie
Lauded by many as one of the greatest ever storytellers, the award-winning novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie will be joining us on stage at Esquire Townhouse to discuss his remarkable career. Twice awarded one of literature’s highest honours – ‘The Best of the Booker’ – for his seminal novel, Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie’s post-colonial fiction has been acclaimed as fearless and brilliantly bold; a reputation that has earned him both a Knighthood and a fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature. Now, with his new novel Quichotte,long-listed for the Booker, join us for a rare audience with one of our most celebrated writers.
8:00pm: In Conversation with Asif Kapadia
Part of the Fairmont Loves Film Series
Academy award winning director, Asif Kapadia, talks candidly to Esquire about the arc of his remarkable career, what drives him to choose his documentary subjects and how to tell a compelling story as he reveals the story to his new 2019 British documentary, DIEGO MARADONA, part of the Fairmont Loves Film series. Kapadia won the BAFTA Outstanding British Film of the Year for his epic debut feature THE WARRIOR, and an Academy Award & Grammy for his documentary, AMY, about the late Amy Winehouse.
8:15pm and 9:20pm: Tasting Masterclass with Highland Park Whisky
Join us for a very special tasting with Highland Park, makers of exceptional award-winning single malt whisky on the rugged islands of Orkney. Led by Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park’s knowledgeable, passionate and charismatic Senior Brand Ambassador, you’ll be guided through a tasting that shows the range and depth of its single malt collection and tells the story of its creation, from the 12 and 18-year-olds, through to the Valfather and finishing with an exclusive one-off Esquire Single Cask which you will be among the first to try. Don’t miss this exclusive masterclass with Esquire Townhouse’s official whisky partner.
8:30pm: An Evening With The Greats Of Italian Wine with Luca Dusi from Passione Vino
Luca Dusi is a London wine industry legend. There are few more knowledgeable experts or charismatic communicators than the owner of Shoreditch wine bar and shop Passione Vino, so when he puts on a special masterclass about the benchmark wines of Italy, trust us, you’ll want to be there. In this tasting he’ll be showcasing a selection of wines which are a true reflection of their heritage, terroir, style and local culture. Expect to be surprised by wines you think you know, expect the unknowns to become your new favourites, and expect to have a lot of fun finding out.
9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00am: Boom Cycle*
CUT-loose and leave the rest of the world at the door as we crank up the world class sound system and take you on our unique party on a bike experience. Its all about how you feel. No numbers, no competition, just fun.
9:00am and 10:00am: BXR London Boxing Skills* with Gary Logan and Tanya Morgan
BXR London, the world’s first high-end boxing gym, is bringing its signature ‘Boxing Skills’ class to Esquire Townhouse this autumn. Focussing on the essential elements of boxing, this class allows you to hone your skills and perfect your technique. Whether boxing is your chosen sport or is a technique you wish to learn and develop, this workout will have an overall conditioning benefit to your body.
9:00am: Power Yoga by BLOK* with Tom Boulter
Expect to challenge the body and calm the mind. Power Yoga is an empowering approach to vinyasa style yoga that focuses on strength, core conditioning and more experienced asana. This class will incorporate sun salutations, standing and balancing poses, twists, hip openers and backbends.
9:00am – 12:30pm: Third Space Medical Clinic with Andrew Nicholettos and Brinda Christopher *
Join the Third Space Medical team for a 15-minute clinic to examine how you can avoid injury and restore correct movement.
Injury prevention: Learn how to prevent injury with Third Space Medical’s Dr Brinda Christopher. Get bespoke tips and advice based on your body shape, flexibility and current training regime on how to injury-proof your body or deal with any existing niggles.
Gait analysis: Whether you play a particular sport, run long distances or even just for the bus, you use your feet all day every day. They withstand repetitive strain and high impacts, leading to increased risk of injury throughout the body. Third Space osteopath Andrew Nicholettos will be providing 15 minute gait analysis, looking for any biomechanical misalignments within the ankles and foot. He will offer tips on how to restore correct movement and function to minimise pain and injury.
10:00am: Equinox Boxing Bootcamp* with Robert Lynch and Charlie Peters
Get up in arms and punch, float and sting your way through this technique based boxing class – great for cardio conditioning, as well as building strength and endurance through, boxing drills, shadow boxing, kickboxing, jump rope, and a variety of core strengthening exercises.
10:00am and 11:00am: Last Pick Athletics Club (LPAC) Run Club*
Join the Last Pick Athletics Club (LPAC) for a 5K group run around central London. Whether you are a pro or novice, LPAC brings support instead of judgement, trial and error instead of strict rules and gives its members the confidence to try any sporting activity with a can-do attitude.
11:00am: Cardio Killer by BLOK with Maiken Skoie Brustad*
Cardio killer is a 45 minute, non-stop full body workout incorporating strength training and focusing on increasing your metabolic rate. This mat based class moves through a constant variety of cardio, strength and core exercises. The relentless pace means it’s incredibly challenging for all: prepare to sweat.
11:00am Class: Band Burn by Project by Equinox* with Michelle Morrey and Sandy Wasserbach
Band Burn is a new workout where conscious movement creates lean muscle, perfect posture and the more mobile joints with just a band and gliding disc. Sculpt every inch of your body and experience intense athletic, dynamic and fluid sequences that simultaneously target the lower and upper body to provide you with a fierce burn.
12:30pm Wellness panel: Intermittent Fasting Panel, part of the St James’s Series, with Sarah Ann Macklin, Winder Ton and Justin Jacobs
The latest wellness trend, intermittent fasting, is less a diet programme, more a lifestyle adjustment. Join our panel of experts: Nutritionists Sarah Ann Macklin and Winder Ton, Equinox Tier X Coach Justin Jacobs and St James’s, to explore how intermittent fasting could work for you, the science behind how it works, and why it can benefit your health, followed by an audience Q&A.
2:00pm: CUPRA Presents: Explorer Mark Wood – How to Redefine Your Life
Contemporary car brand CUPRA and Arctic explorer Mark Wood are both redefining their industry and now guests have the chance to hear from Mark first-hand and learn how to take the same transferable skills and redefine their own outlook on everyday life. Each ticket to this intimate and fascinating round-table includes a glass of Pommery Champagne.
2:00pm: Scriptwriting Masterclass: How To Write For Film and TV
Part of the Fairmont Loves Film Series
We’ve assembled a crack panel of industry professionals to discuss what it takes to be a successful screenwriter in 2019. Sharing their expertise and experience will be Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk, Dustin Lance Black, writer on The Handmaid’s Tale’s, Lynn Renee Maxcy, and actress and writer Daisy Haggard who is known for her roles in the BBC sitcoms Uncle and Episodes. The discussion will cover how to develop ideas, the qualities that make a good screenwriter, how to pitch and what makes a good script stand out. If you have a project on the go or are looking for some inspiration, this could be the perfect place to find what you’re looking for. Chaired by popular film and entertainment broadcaster and journalist Boyd Hilton.
2:00pm: Improve Your Wine Knowledge: A Tasting Masterclass With Alain Ducasse At The Dorchester
However much we think we know about wine, the truth is probably a bit different. Which is why this informative and entertaining masterclass from the charismatic new head sommelier at one of London’s finest restaurants, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, is a must for anyone wanting to understand the basic principles of tasting and drinking wine. The Mayfair restaurant’s Head Sommelier Pierre-Marie Faure will cover the topics of serving, tasting and navigating a wine list, as well as explaining how best to pair wines with different foods. Back for its fourth year at Townhouse with a new host and even more to discover, this is always one of our most popular classes of the weekend, so confirm your place while you can.
4:00pm: How to Start an Art Collection: A Masterclass for New Collectors with St James’s
A panel of leading experts advise how to navigate the contemporary art world in 2019; from traditional methods to the new and exciting ways art is being seen, sold and shared in the digital age. Frieze co-founder Matthew Slotover, Christie’s Contemporary Art Specialist, Stefano Amoretti, and Chairman of the Serpentine Future Contemporaries, Robert Sheffield, lead a lively and informative discussion, drawing on their personal experience to help you build and manage your collection. Topics covered will include art fairs, auction houses, art trends, buying from galleries, framing, curating your collection, digital commerce, technology and art trends for 2020. Chaired by art-historian and creator of the Art Matters podcast, Ferren Gipson.
5:00pm: In Conversation with Ben Fogle
Since first appearing on the BBC’s ambitious reality show-come-social experiment Castaway 2000, writer, presenter, adventurer and Breitling ambassador Ben Fogle has gone on to become one of our best-known ambassadors for the great outdoors. As well as appearing in a number of award-winning documentaries and TV series, Ben has also continued to push his own boundaries – most notably summiting Everest, walking to the South Pole and rowing across the Atlantic. He’s also a writer of numerous bestselling books and a Royal Television Society award winner. Expect a thoughtful and fascinating conversation about a well-spent life of adventure.
5:30pm: Edgar Wright In Conversation with Alex Zane
Part of the Fairmont Loves Film Series
One of the most talented and in-demand film directors working today, Edgar Wright will be joining us onstage with television presenter and DJ Alex Zane, at this year’s Esquire Townhouse to discuss his life and career, part of the Fairmont Loves Film series. Edgar’s innovative style has earned acclaim on a long list of award-winning films and classic series including Spaced, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End and Baby Driver. In this rare in-depth interview he’ll share on-set anecdotes, discuss the films that influenced him, explain his working style, talk through his favourite clips and look ahead at what’s still to come. Don’t miss this audience with one of our brightest cinematic talents.
6:00pm: Pasta Making Masterclass and Dinner With Pastaio’s Stevie Parle
Take up this exclusive chance to learn from one of the UK’s most talented chefs (and one of Esquire’s favourites) as Stevie Parle leads a pasta-making masterclass showcasing signature dishes from his brilliant soho restaurant, Pastaio.Learn the basics of pasta-making right through to the art of restaurant standard presentation in this intimate class, before sitting down with Stevie, a bowl of freshly made and cooked pasta and a glass of wine. It promises to be a really special evening so don’t miss out.
7:00pm: In Conversation with Alexander Skarsgård
A rare opportunity to be part of a candid and intimate conversation with the stylish, charismatic and critically lauded Alexander Skarsgård. From his breakout role in True Blood to his Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award-winning performance in HBO’s Big Little Lies, and new role as a Clarks’ ambassador, Alexander Skarsgård discusses his remarkable career which has seen him masterfully adapt to a myriad of roles to become one of the most sought after actors of his generation.
In partnership with Clarks to mark their iconic creation, the Desert Boot.
7:30pm: In Conversation with Sir Ben Ainslie
Join us for an evening with one of Britain’s most successful athletes, Sir Ben Ainslie, a man who loves to win, and has just the trophy cabinet to prove it. Ainslie has won an astonishing five consecutive Olympic medals (four of which were gold) becoming the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, and going on to stage one of the greatest ever sporting comebacks at the helm of Team Oracle’s tactical team in the 2013 America’s Cup. He’s now underway on what could be his greatest challenge yet, as the Team Ineos skipper and Belstaff ambassador, prepares for a British assault on the 2021 America’s Cup. Expect him to talk candidly on a life spent at the very top of his sport.
8:30pm: Gin Cocktail Masterclass with Berry Bros. & Rudd
London’s oldest wine & spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd, has been one of St James’s many institutions since 1698, more recently launching its exceptional No. 3 Gin in 2010, which takes its name from its famous address. In this special Townhouse masterclass, No.3 cocktail ambassador William Campbell-Rowntree will be telling the story of how this award-winning spirit was born, and taking guests through a series of tastings including how to perfect a classic martini, how to understand a neat spirit’s flavours and introducing a fresh take on a classic gin and tonic. No gin lover should miss this opportunity to learn from the best.
9:00pm: Adam Kay Live
Writer and comedian Adam Kay’s hilarious and poignant medical memoir, ‘This is Going to Hurt’, about his time as a junior doctor, was a publishing sensation, selling over a million copies and prompting a nationwide sell-out tour. He has also written for numerous TV comedies, has sold out at Edinburgh six years running and even performed at Prince Harry’s 30th birthday party. His follow up book, ‘Twas the Nightshift before Christmas’ comes out the week of Esquire Townhouse and to mark the occasion, Adam will be hosting a very special evening of readings, comedy and audience questions. Don’t miss this rare chance to see this socially-conscious comedy phenomenon in such an intimate setting.
*Ticket price includes a hardback copy of ‘Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas’ and Adam will be signing copies after the event.
*Complimentary food and drink will be available at the end of each class. Enjoy a protein shake from Neat Nutrition, fresh juice from PRESS, and snacks from Nibble.
**Please bring your own water bottle to each class. Water stations will be available for refills.
***We regret there are not shower facilities on site, so please ensure you pack appropriately if you wish to enjoy the other events in the Townhouse throughout the day.
2019 SPEAKERS AND HOSTS
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