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The Swan at Southrop

The Swan at Southrop

Pictures of The Swan at Southrop have been flashed around the world since Kate Moss (wearing that fabulous vintage blue dress and turquoise suede boots) was snapped outside its door with her then fiancé, Jamie Hince, on the eve of their recent Cotswold wedding. Not that this charming early 17th century inn, situated on the village green in Southrop, needs any […]

by × July 20, 2011 × 0 comments

Food

The Butterfly Bar

The Butterfly Bar

I’m not usually a fan of chains (ok, maybe I’ll admit a penchant for Starbucks) and so I was surprised to discover The Butterfly Bar in Notting Hill. Part of the Itsu chain -the eat in or takeaway stores dotted across London serving delicious soups, sushi, noodles & rice dishes – all made freshly on site. The restaurant has two […]

by × July 18, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Jake or Dinos Chapman, White Cube

Jake or Dinos Chapman, White Cube

I’m still not entirely sure if the art at White Cube, Mason’s Yard is by Jake or Dinos Chapman, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. To add to the challenge, I can only see the first half of the show at Mason’s Yard (due to a long-standing date with Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic); […]

by × July 16, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

New Chaplin Collection at Musée de l’Elysée

New Chaplin Collection at Musée de l’Elysée

A few years ago I spent a memorable afternoon with Michael Chaplin, strolling around the grounds of his father’s former home, Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey. Charlie Chaplin purchased the house in 1953 and remained here with his family until his death in 1977. As Michael led me down to a vantage point with spectacular […]

by × July 14, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Wearable Art at Painswick

Wearable Art at Painswick

Painswick is often referred to as the Queen of the Cotswolds due to its fine buildings of creamy limestone reflecting the town’s former prosperity during 300 years at the forefront of the cloth industry. Situated between Stroud and Cheltenham, Painswick boasts the most beautiful churchyard which is famed for its 99 yew trees cut […]

by × July 11, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

This week I spent an exquisite evening at Leighton House Museum. Home of Victorian painter and sculptor, Frederic Leighton, this gem of a house in Holland Park never ceases to amaze. The design of the building began in 1864 and continued during the following 30 years with renowned architect George Aitchison at the helm. Gilded ceilings and […]

by × June 22, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Coco Chanel: The Legend And The Life

Coco Chanel: The Legend And The Life

The last book I read on the subject of ‘Coco’ Gabrielle Chanel was by French writer and former editor-in-chief of French Vogue, Edmonde Charles-Roux. Although packed full of fascinating information and indeed the definitive book on Chanel up until that point, I found Roux’s actual style of writing slightly irritating and at times unforgiving. […]

by × June 12, 2011 × 2 comments

Arts & Culture

Pinta 2011

Pinta 2011

Last year’s Pinta saw the launch of the first annual Latin American art fair in Europe at Earls Court. Already established in New York, Pinta’s aim was to become a regular fixture in the London art calendar, so it’s thrilling to see them back for a second year along with their zesty lime green logo, still as […]

by × June 8, 2011 × 0 comments

Health & Beauty

Fish Spa at BodyHeat

Fish Spa at BodyHeat

The practice may have been banned in 14 states in the U.S., but even a fishy statistic such as this, wasn’t going to stand between me and a good pedicure. Heading to the blue UV-lit basement of BodyHeat on the New King’s Road, I was ready to have my feet nibbled by scores of […]

by × May 25, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Dare to Wear: Glass Dresses by Diana Dias-Leão

Dare to Wear: Glass Dresses by Diana Dias-Leão

A recent visit to Liverpool led me to one of my favourite art galleries – the Walker  – housing a treasure trove of paintings and sculpture from the 13th century to the present day. The gallery is particularly strong in European Old Masters, British eighteenth-century art, Victorian painting and sculpture […]

by × May 18, 2011 × 2 comments

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The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

The Aesthetic movement prized the importance of art and beauty above all else and swept across fine arts, decorative arts, literature and interior design. Its key figures included Whistler, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Leighton, William Morris and Oscar Wilde. The Cult of Beauty at the V&A has gathered together many of its masterpieces […]

by × May 15, 2011 × 0 comments

Travel

Garden Tour & Wedding Celebration Champagne Tea at Highgrove

Garden Tour & Wedding Celebration Champagne Tea at Highgrove

This week I visited Highgrove House to take a long overdue tour of the private gardens of their Royal Hignesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Situated near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, Prince Charles purchased the house in 1980 and after his marriage to the then Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, the couple raised William and […]

by × April 28, 2011 × 0 comments