Clubland boss Richard Caring hits out at council red tape over planned revamp of Mark’s club
Mayfair club owner Richard Caring is facing a battle with Westminster Council to be allowed to give his Mark’s Club a multi-million pound revamp.
Speaking at a preview for updated private members’ club George last night, Caring, pictured with his wife Patricia, said he is waiting for council approval for his latest project. It’s “like giving birth to triplets,” he said. “Nothing’s easy.”
Caring added that he aims to “give the competition a run for their money”. That might worry long-term rival Robin Birley: Birley owns nearby 5 Hertford Street, and his father Mark sold his clubs to Caring in 2007.
In March, we revealed that Caring was planning to move Mark’s to Berkeley Square, near his other venue, Annabel’s. Caring can’t update all his clubs: he joked that when he tried at the staid Bath & Racquets Club, clients had a “complete riot” so he gave up.
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