#Cook for Syria

What a fantastic evening we all enjoyed last night! This was an inspired event which was initiated by Clerkenwellboy (award winning instagrammer) and  Serena Guen of Suitcase Magazine in partnership with Next Generation London (this is UNICEF’s young professional fundraising group). The aim of the evening was to provide humanitarian aid to children affected by the crisis of Syria….

The Ivy Cafe Wimbledon Village

The chaos of Wimbledon Tennis is now over and an element of tranquility in Wimbledon Village resumed. On June 11th in the heart of the village The Ivy Cafe opened its doors and what a very welcome addition this is. I love this venue. Inside and out it has been carefully considered and designed in…

Rooftop Film Club

June in London and not exactly the warm summer evenings we look forward to at this time of year. Despite this Immie and I ventured to Peckham to discover the Rooftop Film Club situated on the roof of the Bussey Building in Rye Lane South East London. What a great concept. The ground was carpeted…

Anthony Stern

I recently visited The Club at The Ivy and was impressed with the collection of British Contemporary Artists and amongst these was some of the work of Anthony Stern. I worked for Anthony for some time and I was reminded that his glass works were displayed in this great establishment. Anthony has an interesting and loyal…

Reiko Hashimoto

Reiko Hashimoto has just completed a series of Sushi Masterclasses at her cookery school Hashi .To introduce us to a taster of some of her other fantastic classes we were invited to The Loft at The Club at The Ivy. On the agenda were Gyoza (a shallow fried dumpling which is effectively first steamed and then allowed to…

Rosie Olivia

Finding a good hat for the impending Royal Ascot week is always a challenge and while in the good retail hat departments you can gain inspiration and some variety there is always the option of visiting a good milliner. We set off to North London to visit Rosie Olivia a wonderful hat designer. Rosie supplies hats…

Royal Ascot

A truly British and fantastic day at the races. A week of watching the fillies and enjoying formal picnics in car parks with your friends what could be more English. We took our daughters as soon as they were permitted to attend and from an early age this has been a great family event. My…

Saatchi Gallery & Duke of York Square

The transformation of The Duke of York Square now makes it a central feature of the Kings Road at Sloane Square. The restaurants have all embraced this little enclave as have the retail units and it has now really come together with a great atmosphere and buzz especially at the weekends when there is a…

Chelsea in Bloom

One of my favourite events of the year is the Chelsea Flower Show which sadly I missed this year as we were travelling. However Chelsea really embraced the floral and horticultural buzz that was in the air and shops all around the area displayed the most spectacular arrangements of flowers and fauna in their windows,…

Glyndebourne

Its May and the great British season has begun. May June and we all pray for good weather and sunshine as we have to plan picnics in Black Tie sitting outside in beautiful gardens or near a race track! The first of these outings is Glyndebourne. Founded in 1934 by John Christie who was married to the…

Fenwick of Bond Street

A millinery exhibition and auction in celebration of 125 years of Fenwick of Bond Street. In 1882 a young shop assistant converted a doctors house in a residential area in Newcastle-upon-Tyne into a shop selling silks, dresses and trimmings. With this success the family expanded and purchased the current site in Bond Street in 1891….

Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

The weekend at Litfest was a bombardment of good food, amazing produce and a collection of really interesting people from all aspects of the food and drink industry. We attended several ‘pop up’ restaurants where you find yourself next to a fellow foodie but each with a fascinating story and lots of interesting careers in…