Winter Diary: ’tis the season

Disco, The Bill Bernstein Photographs

This photographic show pays tribute to New York’s disco scene and inspires you to go home via a vintage shop and pick up a sequined jumpsuit! We are plied with images of Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol carving up Studio 54’s dance floor but it’s a breathe of fresh air to be allowed a glimpse at the crowd behind them. That’s what American photographer, Bill Bernstein, facilitates – a look at the regulars who frequented the likes of Studio 54, Paradise garage, Mudd Club, Hurrah and GG’s Barnum room. Word of advice, go for brunch at Granger & Co before (it’s phenomenal) then head to disco disco to walk off your coconut toast and almond cream spread!

343 & 345 Ladbroke Grove

London W10 6HA

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 11am-4pm




OM Yoga Show at Alexandra Palace, London.

Lasting three days, over three capital cities across the UK (London, Manchester and Glasgow), OM Yoga Show is the biggest yoga gathering in Europe, and one of the largest events of its kind in the world. It offers the perfect introduction to the ancient Indian practice of yoga, renowned for relaxing the body and de-stressing the mind. All visitors are welcome to join free open classes lead by yoga specialists, and when taking a break, can explore the Show Room with over 100 exhibitors, providing a fantastic range of yoga accessories, clothing, jewellery, super food, retreats and much more. A cheap and fun way to get fit and healthy over a single weekend. Book your programme guide for next year’s show NOW.

Glasgow 2nd, 3rd April 2016

Manchester 20th, 21st, 22nd May 2015

London 21st, 22nd, 23rd October 2016




It may be an online destination but the new website, Rebelle, demands a visit this Christmas. Selling pre-loved designer items, the site guarantees 48 hour despatch with the majority of stock held at the Hamburg warehouse. The packaging is to die for and buying is as easy as selling designer goods. It’s ideal in that respect for a 2016 wardrobe detox. This website honestly stands out from other second hand designer ones due to the quality of the products, the easily navigable layout, but products that have been selected to feature on there… you won’t find any second hand zara that ‘looks’ like a Chanel…

Hermès Birkin Bag 35Hermès Shoulder bag "Constance" Miu Miu Dress in tricolorYves Salomon Fur jacket

Photograph 51 with Nicole Kidman, Noel Coward Theatre

Rosalind Franklin, an x-ray crystallographer, played by the infamous Nicole Kidman, finally gets the recognition she deserves on stage. Reprieved of a Nobel for her crucial work on the structure of DNA, in this drama, director Michael Grandage gives Franklin principality.

Set in a world of male domination, Franklin nevertheless is depicted still fighting for her voice and her identity, bereft of showmanship. But if you think the play is about sexism, you could not have been more wrong! It focuses on showmanship, or rather the lack of it, emphasising that there is incredible virtue in humility and something admirable in a person with pure commitment. My last remark would be this: A thought provoking play, headlined by a remarkable actress.

When Nicole Kidman next decides to make an appearance on stage, be sure to book tickets. You will be engrossed in her performance.



PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Ziegler, , writer -Anna Ziegler, Director -Michael Grandage, Set & Costume Designer – Christopher Oram, Lighting Designer – Neil Austin, The Noel Coward Theatre, London, UK, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson/


Breakfast at The Wallace Collection, Peyton and Byrne

The French brassiere, set in the Wallace Collection’s glass-roofed courtyard and sculpture garden, provides a perfect anytime oasis to enjoy a meal. The all-day menu is filled with classic European dishes based on traditional recipes that are reinterpreted in an innovative style, such as razor clams with seaweed crackers and parsley puree, poached sole with greggs mixed squashes and sea aster with burnt sweetcorn and black cabbage. What really stands out, however, is breakfast or brunch. Only once I was served a wild mushroom and truffle omelette, followed by a stack of raspberries, coconut and maple syrup pancakes did I know what true decadence felt like. And to polish things off, a stroll through the actual ‘Wallace Collection’ enriched with paintings, porcelain and furnishings. Did I also mention that this part is free?

Phone: 020 7563 9505

The Wallace Restaurant, The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN.

Opening hours:
Breakfast Monday – Sunday
10:00 – 12:00
Lunch Monday – Sunday
12:00 – 15:00
Dinner Friday and Saturday
18:00 – 21:30
Afternoon Tea Monday – Sunday
14:30 – 16:30





Aqua Kyoto

Conveniently placed next to Oxford circus but levels and floors away from the madness, Aqua Spirit is a trendy, open space with a curious Christmas menu. You’ll have more chance of finding brussels sprouts in the circular experimental cocktail bar (the restaurant’s statement piece), than in the kitchens. Our starter posed as a taste bud assault courses; bursts in your mouth, zingy kicks and disparities between aesthetics and anticipated tastes. The salmon main came decorated by Monet himself with yellow and green sauces, the dish reminding us of what salmon should taste like. Then there was a chocolate mousse pudding fit for a gastro pub, not an Asian restaurant. The joy of this was that it was unexpected, not too filling and yet that strong dollop of indulgence that everyone craves after a healthy meal. We felt safe in the lift down after that meal and would definitely go back, more for the buzzy, futuristic backdrop than anything!

Address: 5th Floor, 240 Regent St, London W1B 3BR

Phone:020 7478 0540




London Sample Sales | The Music Room

This time round it was a Joseph Sale. Rammed – everyone else had the same idea to arrive at 12am (advice: pick an obscure time in the day). Yet once I had set foot into the showroom, it delivered.

Struck first by a table of cashmere and knitwear, I was then distracted by legions of leather – shorts, skirts, jackets, trousers and blazers?! But the real deal was the jeans corner. With 100% cotton designs and a large collection of ripped, dyed, pleated and flared jeans, I went in for the rummage, pulling out a pair of bespoke black jeans. Now shoes. Although a Joseph sale, there were original designs by Alexander McQueen, Nicolas Kirkwood and Vivienne Westwood (just to name a few). I ended up leaving with a pair of black ankle strap open toe heels by Pierre Hardy.

Word of advice: never be disheartened by the headlined designer, always go and have a look for yourself, your worst designer may have made your best LBD once in his life, you just don’t know it yet. Stay signed up to that mailing list for updates on upcoming sample sales and events at The Music Room.

To sign up, visit:

Upcoming Sample Sales:

The One & Only Designer Sale (menswear)

Thursday 10th December 2015 – 11am – 8pm


Friday 11th December 2015 – 12pm – 8pm
Saturday 12th December 2015 – 10am – 6pm



Ai Weiwei Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts presents the work of one of the most important Chinese artists and engineer, Ai Weiwei.  Among new works created especially for the gallery, such as the Tree, displayed conveniently in the courtyard, there are also a number of large-scale installations that bridge two decades of his extraordinary career – works showcasing everything from marble and steel to tea and glass. Performance and protest is key to the works of Ai Weiwei. Through art, he explores a multitude of challenging themes, drawing on his own experience to comment on creative freedom, censorship and human rights, as well as the contemporary Chinese community. The Times claimed it’s an exhibition “that reveals art’s greatest potential.” It’s encouraging to really see how art can be mobilised rather than just placed above a dining room table! It’s a crime not to see this one.

19 September – 13 December 2015

Open daily 10am – 6:30pm

11 – 13 December open through the night as well.

Adult: £16, Student: £11


ai wei wei


Goya ‘The Portraits’, The National Gallery

An exhibition that was 10 years in the making comes to the National Gallery. Goya, ‘The Portraits’. The Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes is perhaps best known for his dark depictions of nightmarish visions and the horrors of war. However, during his lifetime, which spanned the late 18th and 19th centuries, he was chiefly celebrated as a brilliant painter of portraits. Goya’s extraordinary artistic inventions produced works that could be both lifelike and strange. But it was his ability to emulate the texture and movement of fabric that was most fascinating. With his forensic attention to detail, he could have been one exceptional designer, if he had decided on an alternative career path. Aside, the exhibition is a must see! Just a few words of wisdom: book in advance, especially now as the exhibition is drawing to an end, and don’t be late, tickets are timed-entry.

7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

Open daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)

Late night Fridays until 9pm (last admission 8.15pm)

Adult: £16, Student: £8





This place is like Wholefoods on steroids, except the backdrop is not quite so hectic. Snuggled away up a quiet oasis off Regent Street, Tibits is the perfect place for guilt-free feasting for veggies, vegans or those who are neither but fancy a break from the meat track. The choices beat any overpriced Notting Hill deli and there’s a take-away option if you’re pushed for time or fancy round two for supper! Their winter quiche selection and aubergine amaranth warm your loins in a manner deemed exempt from the lives of veggies. These guys also do catering for events or dinner parties, a great number to save for life’s little emergencies!

Address: 12-14 Heddon St, London W1B 4DA

Phone:020 7758 4110



Coca Cola London Eye: Frostival  

Yes, it’s a little like the Parisians feel about climbing the Eiffel Tower but there’s something incredibly Christmassy about a spin on the London eye, followed by some skating and fizz. Open until Christmas Eve, you can opt for simply ice skating under the Eye or a Winter Cocktail Experience on the Eye by the Cocktail Trading Co. The latter includes two winter themed cocktails, savory nibbles, two rotations on the eye, priority boarding and entry to the 4D cinema experience. They have literally organised your evening for you so there’s no turning up at booked restaurants or dodgy bars.

 Tickets: From £40.50




Ristorante Fescobaldi

Regent Street’s Ristorante Frescobaldi is a discreetly placed yet indulgently inclined Italian restaurant with a roaring downstairs bar. Tables fill up by those in the know. It’s off the beaten track material.

Booking is essential if your planning on having supper there


Contact: +44 (0) 203 693 3435





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