1936 The Elysée restaurant opened on Percy Street by George Varnava, after leaving his job as Maitre D’ at the Savoy Hotel During the 1930s and 1940s, the restaurant became the ‘place to party’ attracting big screen stars, artists, writers, members of the British and Greek royal families.
1962 the restaurant was bought by George’s nephews, also George and Michael Karageorgis who were then joined from Cyprus by their brother Ulyssess.
The 1960s saw visits from His Royal Highness Prince Philip and the 1966 England world cup winning team to celebrate their victory amongst many other high profile guests such as The Beatles.
2010 after a remarkable 48 years, the three brothers retired and handed the baton to three cousins, Giggs Karageorgis, Kyriacos Pattihis and Kerry Karageorgis.
Since the re-opening, the Elysée is proving it’s still a favourite haunt for cool party people who enjoy good fun and the finer things in life.