On a rainy day, Granary Square Brasseries exterior brightens the King's Cross backdrop with deep green hues and sprouting lavender lining the terrace. As you enter, the interiors grandeur takes your immediate attention. It's lowly lit atmosphere gives an instantly fashionable feel. The walls are adorned with paintings of all kinds, the bathroom in particular occupies a number of quirky eighteenth century sketches. Chandeliers line the ceiling to match the fabulousness throughout. It's busy, and bustling, with nearly all seats taken. A gold mirrored wall spans the room. Opposite is a long sea...Read more →
ANNABEL’S: A sneak peek at London’s hottest members’ club before its much-anticpated re-launch to test the drinks
FISHMORE HALL HOTEL: We spent a weekend away from the City lights, hidden in the rolling hills of Shropshire.
JOHN BELL & CROYDEN: Pharmacy to the Queen open ‘InResidence’ beauty room, offering blissful treatments.
Entering the doors at John Bell & Croyden can only be described as walking the shores of a cosmetics paradise. Walls are adorned with skincare products to showcase the best; Pai, Dermalogica, Oskia, Caudalie, the list goes on. Beauty juices take centre stage as you enter the emporium, experts are on hand to offer you the best beauty advice, and to the back of the store resides their newly launched beauty room, InResidence. On offer, are six facials that focus on unique skin solutions. The 'active' range is an anti-ageing, restructuring and correcting trio of treatments using products by N...Read more →
One of the world's most exclusive members' clubs Annabel's - founded in 1963 by Mark Birley - is set to re-launch in London any time soon, with the venue not moving very far... Two doors down in fact, from 44 Berkley Square in the ritzy Mayfair neighbourhood to number 46. It's Rude To Stare got a sneak peek as to what regulars can expect and I can promise, they're in for a real hoot with four floors of fun awaiting, topped off with a mescal bar boasting one of the largest collection of tequilas at close to 600 bottles. Think opulence and old London glory with four restaurants, seven bars, tw...Read more →
If you go down to one pub in London today, you’ll be in for a big surprise. The charming Gunmakers in Clerkenwell, which is tucked down a cobbled road, has a hairdressers hidden in its attic so you can get a rum, coke and cut at the same time. I popped to the Gun Club salon on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, where I met the lovely Tim on the top floor. The attic salon has a nice chilled-out feel, and there is even a small bar with delicious banana-infused negroni mix waiting to be poured. I explained to Tim that I hadn’t had a haircut for more than three years, as self-beautification is botto...Read more →
I realised I was sitting there with a big grin on my face as I settled in to watch Cirque du Soleil's jaw-dropping production Ovo at London's Royal Albert Hall. Full of fun, humour and dazzling colour, this is a show that will brighten the rainiest of days. The nature-inspired spectacle, conceived by Brazilian writer Deborah Colker, delves into the world of insects, with performers transforming themselves into cartwheeling beetles, twirling butterflies and creeping spiders. It first premiered in Montreal in 2009 and it is currently showing in London before moving to Antwerp in March. From...Read more →