Meet the Nightclub Mogul: Carlo Carello Q&A

How did you get into the nightclub industry?

I dropped out of university and started working as a trainee club manager for the Ministry of Sound. Within a year and a half I was opening clubs around the world for them from Beijing to Singapore, Moscow and Vegas. 

What do you love most about your job?

I love creating concepts or nights that offer people a great night out. When you see people enjoying what you have created that is such a boost. The hours are long and often you are working night and day but I love the flexibility working for myself affords me plus no day is the same! 

What are the biggest challenges facing the hospitality industry at the moment?

Brexit. And much more competition, with more clubs opening every day. You have to be at the top of your game to maintain customer loyalty. 

Where are your favourite places to travel to and why?

Lipari, one of the Aeolian Islands. It is the place I go to to totally unwind. It is very rustic and you feel as if time has been suspended. Traditional fishermen, family run restaurants, no tv - heaven! 

What does the concept of wellness mean to you? 

Taking time to relax body and mind. With my job I’m often working days and nights so a bit of switch off time is essential. 

Tell us about the newly revamped Raffles… how is it different?

We have totally recreated the venue. It is brighter, more eccentric and much more fun. The colours are vibrant and it is full of energy rather than just a dark room. 

Why did you choose to relaunch Albert’s at Beaufort House?

We wanted to expand Albert’s and the new venue was perfect for this. It’s three times as big but also enables us to give members an all day offering. I also love the natural light that is throughout the building.

Who would you love to see in your clubs and why?

Clubs don’t work with just one type of crowd. For a great vibe you need a mixture. For Albert’s we created a committee that included people from fashion, music, tv, art etc industries. Achieving a blend is what I’m after.

What’s the craziest thing that has happened in one of your clubs?

Lady Gaga’s impromptu performance. I’ll never forget it and I think the crowd were in awe. 

Where do you find inspiration for your projects?

Everywhere and anywhere from Kempton Market to someone’s holiday home. It’s important to always keep your eyes open for interesting design quirks that people will remember your venues for. 

What are your favourite hidden gems in London?

Not sure it’s a hidden gem but I adore The River Cafe for Sunday lunch. The Stafford Hotel and Blake’s are also great meeting spots that not everyone knows about yet. 

What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Failure is not final. 

What do you do to relax?

I go to South Kensington Club for a Banya. It’s a Russian treatment where you get whacked with birch leaves in a sauna and then dunked in a ice cold plunge pool. It’s mad but totally invigorating. 

What are your plans for the future of the business?

Continue to build upon the current concepts and come up with a scalable restaurant venture. 

What are you most looking forward to this upcoming ski season?

My trip to Six Senses Residences Courchevel - amazing snow and a massage after.