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The Marilyn Monroe Collection at May Fair Bar

Limited-edition cocktail menu and exclusive dinner screenings in celebration of Marilyn Monroe's legendary costumes display, ahead of their sale at Julien's Auctions

This autumn, celebrate one of Hollywood's most iconic starlets with an exclusive display of JULIEN'S AUCTIONS: PROPERTY FROM THE LIFE AND CAREER OF MARILYN MONROE at The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel. A unique cocktail menu at May Fair Bar and a series of indulgent dinner screenings of her most famous roles will run in conjunction with the exclusive viewing of the Hollywood legend's costumes and clothing from 24th September to 21st October 2019.

Four outfits that Marilyn Monroe wore in her films and press conferences will be on view in the celebrated London hotel The May Fair ahead of their sale by the acclaimed auction house Julien's Auctions. The dresses on display are from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There's No Business Like Show Business, River of No Return and Some Like It Hot and will be sold live on 1st November at Julien's Auctions at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills at 1pm PT (8pm GMT) and online at

The Marilyn Monroe Collection cocktail menu will consist of four original drinks created by May Fair Bar's award-winning team, each inspired by one of the four outfits exclusively on display in the hotel. Enjoy the finer things with Lorelei Lee, a luxurious mix of Courvoisier VSOP, Moët & Chandon Brut, Cabernet Sauvignon & cherry reduction and Champagne foam inspired by 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, or dive into the flavours of the old West with Kay Weston from River of No Return, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, saffron syrup, orange blossom honey, lemon & Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic. Those looking for a short, sharp tipple with a hint of sweetness can indulge in the Sugar Kane, a heady mix of Bulliet Rye whiskey, Umeshu, Barolo Chinato and activated charcoal inspired by Some Like It Hot, or opt for a taste of the exotic with There's No Business Like Show Business' Victoria Hoffman - Roku gin, Yuzu, St Germain, spiced honey syrup and egg white.

Each cocktail will be priced at £14, with the exception of Lorelei Lee at £18, and will be available in the stunning May Fair Bar throughout the viewing. Guests are also invited to experience the inspiration behind each drink first-hand with four exclusive screenings at the charming May Fair Theatre:

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Friday 27th September, 7.30pm

There's No Business Like Show Business
Friday 11th October, 7.30pm

River of No Return
Tuesday 15th October, 7.30pm

Some Like It Hot
Friday 18th October, 7.30pm

Tickets for the screenings are available as part of three elite dinner and drinks packages. Join the team for a screening of your favourite film with popcorn at 7.30pm, followed by the chance to experience the cocktail inspired by that feature (£20) in May Fair Bar. Those wishing to extend the evening's enjoyments can enjoy three courses of delectable Spanish and Italian small plates at May Fair Kitchen before the film at 6pm (£35) or indulge in all three with dinner at May Fair Kitchen (6pm), film at May Fair Theatre (7.30pm) and post-screening cocktails at May Fair Bar (£49) for a night to remember.


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May Fair Bar
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 12pm-1am
Reservations: +44 (0)20 7915 3892
Address: Stratton St, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT

May Fair Kitchen
Opening Hours:
Monday: 6.30-10.30am, 12-4.30pm, 6-10.30pm
Tuesday: 6.30-10.30am, 12-4.30pm, 6-10.30pm
Wednesday: 6.30-10.30am, 12-4.30pm, 6-10.30pm
Thursday: 6.30-10.30am, 12-4.30pm, 6-10.30pm
Friday: 6.30-10.30am, 12-4.30pm, 6-11pm
Saturday: 7.30-11:30am, 12.30-4.30pm, 6-11pm
Sunday: 7.30-11.30am, 12.30-4.30pm, 6-10.30pm
Reservations: +44 (0)20 7915 3892
Address: Stratton St, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT


Recognised for its unique take on the relaxed art of shared dining, The Kitchens brand comprises a collection of restaurants that each showcase two distinctive cuisines in a beautiful, modern and unassuming setting. The group includes London-based May Fair Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen, Leicester Square Kitchen and Peter Street Kitchen in Manchester. With the forthcoming addition of Bloomsbury Street Kitchen in August 2019, the destination venues offer exquisite plates from a carefully chosen combination of cuisines, including contemporary Spanish, Italian, Peruvian, Mexican and Japanese.

Gathering a host of accolades, The Kitchens brand has most recently seen Peter Street Kitchen awarded with Best Luxury Restaurant in the UK by the British Restaurant Awards in June 2019, while Leicester Square Kitchen was notably featured in 'Celebrity MasterChef' in August 2018 and holds the title of #1 'Best Peruvian in London' by TripAdvisor. Most recently, the Lux Global Hospitality Awards crowned May Fair Kitchen London's Best Contemporary Italian Restaurant in August 2019.


Edwardian Hotels London is a privately-owned hotel group, which has been operating and developing an upscale and luxury hotel and hospitality portfolio since Jasminder Singh OBE began his career within the hospitality industry in 1977; forming the beginnings of what would become Edwardian Hotels London.

Today, Edwardian Hotels London owns and operates 11 Radisson Blu Edwardian, London hotels in London and central Manchester, The May Fair, a Radisson Collection Hotel and a collection of restaurant and bar brands, including May Fair Kitchen, Peter Street Kitchen, Leicester Square Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen and May Fair Bar, as well as Steak & Lobster and Scoff & Banter. Edwardian Hotels London is also engaged in a major development in Leicester Square, The Londoner, incorporating a luxury lifestyle hotel, restaurants, bars, spa and cinemas.

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About Julien's Auctions

Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.

In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300), including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for $192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car which sold for $500,000.

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. In 2022, Julien’s Auctions sold the world’s second most expensive guitar ever sold at auction with Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar, which sold for $4.5 million.

Based in Los Angeles, Julien’s Auctions has a global presence bringing their auctions and exhibitions to targeted destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video and mobile technology. For more information on Julien’s Auctions, go to

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