Icons December 2020
BIG-TIME CHARLIE: The Beistegui Ball
One critic likened it to a ‘moral indecency’; those who were there were so consumed by the opulence and theatricality that they had no reason to care. The night in question — September 3, 1951, in Venice — has gone down in history as the party of the century. Originally published in Issue 42 of The Rake, Nick Foulkes delves into the life of Don Carlos de Beistegui, an aesthete of some repute who used his riches to keep the reality of war and sacrifice at bay.
Pleasure February 2019
A Postcard from Harry's Bar, Venice
Chris Cotonou discovers why the Venice bar opened by Guiseppe Cipriani in 1931 remains to this day an institution for the world’s well-heeled.
Style December 2018
Once Upon A Time in Venice
The Rake’s founder Wei Koh took to the Gritti Palace in Venice with time very much on his mind…
Style December 2018
Raising a Glass to the Gritti
The Rake’s founder Wei Koh embarks on a Venetian odyssey, hanging his hat (and admittedly fine wardrobe) at the world’s most famous hotel.
Style January 2018
Take Me to the Riva
The Rake travelled with Riva to Venice, perhaps the spiritual home of the most elegant boats ever created, where style needs to show its amphibious side and life can be lived to the fullest.
Pleasure December 2016
Crawling Through Clubland: St James's
One of London’s most prestigious area, St James’s, plays home to a number of fine establishments. Now, under the guidance of The Crown Estate, a handful of new rakish haunts…
Pleasure September 2016
Longhing for Perfection: The Riva Lounge at The Gritti Palace
The Gritti Palace is nothing short of a Venetian institution, which can claim to play host of one of the most exquisite bars in Italy, The Longhi. Now though, thanks…
Pleasure June 2016
The World's Greatest Drinks And Where to Drink Them
We’ve taught you how to pour the perfect power punch – now we present the original rakish cocktails and most excellent establishments in which to enjoy them…
Pleasure September 2015
Palace of Peace: Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande Venice, the sybaritic hotel group’s first venture into the urban fray, has taken precisely nothing from its longstanding promise to deliver unadulterated tranquillity to its blessed guests.