David M. Bennett
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | 3:34 p.m.
To Brits and U.S. tourists, London’s Battersea Power Station is regarded as one of the country’s most iconic buildings despite being derelict for decades. Its chimneys still stand as a skyline landmark.
Although its original use disappeared as modern technology took over, recording stars helped turned it into a Power Station pop mecca, and it opened a year ago.
Our Caesars Palace headliner Sir Elton John flew back from Las Vegas for its first-anniversary party, and we have the glittering celebration photos. The “Rocket Man” blasted through a collection of his classics, as well as selected tracks from his new album “The Diving Board.”
Celebrities turned out for the 2,500-strong party to thank everyone redeveloping the legendary community. Guests included Grace Jones, Jeremy Renner, Eliza Doolittle, Sir David Tang, James Haskell, Nicky Haslam, Ben Goldsmith and Lily James, but nearby London neighbors Beyonce and Jay Z, who were scheduled to attend, were no-shows.
CEO Rob Tincknell said: “Hosting a performance by one of the best-loved and most-renowned British recording artists of all time at one of the U.K.’s most iconic buildings was a great occasion.
“A big thank you to Sir Elton for a stunning show at our first party to celebrate the remarkable heritage and creation of a new, vibrant community. The power is definitely back on at Battersea!”
While In London this month, Sir Elton and his partner, David Furnish, will have an official but low-key wedding after a change in British law permitting same-sex marriage. They entered into a civil partnership in 2005 when those ceremonies were passed.
My Vegas DeLuxe interview with David about their relationship was posted in March when they officially opened their new champagne ultra lounge Fizz at Caesars.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.