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Love Fashion? Enter the Pradasphere – 2nd May 2014

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Calling all fashionistas, it’s time to enter the Pradasphere. Opening on the 2nd of May 2014 Pradasphere will celebrate one of Italy’s most influential fashion houses, with a month long take over of Harrods with a retrospective exhibition, café and exclusive collections. The brand was originally founded by current creative director Miuccia Prada’s grandfather, Mario Prada, and his brother Martino, in 1913, as a leather goods company and has since become one of the world’s most iconic labels.

The exhibitions will feature pieces from past collections; showcase special projects, collaborations and the store’s windows will play host to treasures from the Prada archives as well as a capsule collection of re-issued ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and accessories inspired by iconic Prada collections from the last 100 years – developed exclusively for Harrods.

There will also be a screening room, that will show a selection of the label’s short films (in the past they have teamed up on campaigns with Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott and most recently Wes Anderson), and the brand’s first ever Pradasphere café. Pradasphere opens from 2 May at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1.

Luxury guide to Sloane Square

Located on the boundaries of the central London districts of Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea, Sloane Square is known it for its distinctive style of living, grand architecture and affluent residents. Range rovers litter the streets, yahs and rahs can be heard everywhere; cosy coffee shops line sleepy side streets and “sloane rangers” saunter down the fashionable Kings Road.

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Sloane Square is the destination of choice for high end shops, unique luxury boutiques and designer flagship stores filled with glittering delights and gorgeous garments. Move away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, take the district line to Sloane Square and get pull on those purse strings. Littered with an array of shops to satisfy even the biggest shopaholic, chose from Tiffanys& Co., Links of London and Hugo Boss to name a few. Sloane Square is also home to the iconic Peter Jones department store filled with tantalising treats so you can shop until your hearts content. Whatever you do, don’t forget the credit card.


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After a day of hitting the shops hard, you need a place to rest your weary head. Located just off Sloane Square at 26 Cadogan Gardens, The Draycott Hotel is one of the top hotels in Chelsea offering unprecedented service. The Draycott’s location could not be better for the myriad of luxury boutiques and quality restaurants that Sloane Square has to offer. Take lunch at one of the many eateries or take a wander to the West End, one of London’s most famous quarters and only a stone’s throw away from the Draycott Hotel.

Feeling hungry? Try The Botanist which takes pride of place on the corner of Sloane Square, offering a deliciously decadent menu of treats for any time of the day with an extensive menu of drinks and cocktails including the infamous signature Tahitian cocktail, filled with Pinky vodka, hibiscus syrup and Joseph Perrier Brut Champagne. Start your day well with The Botanist Breakfast, or indulge with the grilled lobster with garlic and tarragon butter and hand cut chips when hunger strikes.

Soak up some culture and stroll down the Kings Road to the famous Saatchi Gallery. Recognised for its modern art and often controversial exhibitions, this gallery is one to be explored, letting the public admire Charles Saatchi’s own personal art collection. Take some time out and saunter around the picture clad walls, musing over the artists meanings and debate the reasons behind the art work. Finish off your cultural session with a coffee at the Gallery Mess in the Saatchi Gallery which has attracted enthusiastic reviews for its beautiful setting, charming atmosphere and excellent food and drink.

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If you’re looking for a chic, individual, and undeniably cool bar to wind down (or wind up!) in the evenings then look no further than Tonteria, Guy Pelly’s Mexican themed high society club. Pelly’s latest addition to the Chelsea nightlife scene is wonderfully unique and offers an array of Tequila based cocktails and Mexican beers and lagers. Order a special Tonteria drink and receive your purchases on a motorised toy train that makes its way around the ceiling train track to your table, being presented to you and the cheering crowds in a Day of the Dead skull with sparklers – we say, all aboard the Tonteria train!

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Cadogan Hall, located just off Sloane Square, is the home to the musical ensemble of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The first London orchestra to have a permanent home, the RPO gave its first concert as a resident ensemble of Cadogan Hall in November 2004. Since then, Cadogan Hall has been home to The Proms’ chamber music concerts and Saturday matinees, being noted for its distinctive stained glass windows and becoming an iconic London building. Book tickets for a matinee session and enjoy a part of musical history.

 

Lanky Girl’s Advent Calender 10th Dec 2012: Wandering in Mayfair at Christmas time

One of things I love about living in London is going for random walks and seeing where you end up. After enjoying a lovely afternoon tea yesterday we decided to go for a walk around Mayfair before going to Oxford Street for a bit of a late shop. It was a nice excuse to see how my camera would hold up too, hopefully you will enjoy some of my photos and it will encourage you to brave the cold and enjoy a little wander in the city.

 

Oxford Street Christmas lights
Oxford Street Christmas lights

Velvet elephant in Fenwicks Christmas Window
Velvet elephant in Fenwicks Christmas Window

Missy S Outside Sothebys Old Bond Street
Missy S Outside Sothebys Old Bond Street

Star lighting Shepherds Market
Star lighting Shepherds Market

Asprey jewellers christmas lights - new bond street
Asprey jewellers – new bond street

Old bond street Christmas Lights
new bond street Christmas Lights

Louis Vuitton Christmas lights - new bond street
Louis Vuitton Christmas lights – new bond street

Louis Vuitton Christmas window
Louis Vuitton Christmas window

Burberry Christmas Window
Burberry Christmas Window

A little bit of Luxury….The Connaught Hotel

This post I guess covers yesterday and today, unless I come up with something interesting to do tonight…

My ideal night out is a night where spontaneously you end up visiting places that you haven’t been before.I met up with my friend Jay after Uni yesterday for catch up drinks (can’t believe its been five months!). Anyway Jay’s usual haunting ground is Sloane Square. He has a penchant for “Olde english” pubs which he often moans have mostly closed down or become chains in London. So I was surprised when he suggested we meet at Green Park. Getting there almost 45 mins late (thanks TFL) he told me he was at The Mayfair Hotel Bar. Getting there, the bar was packed full of glamorous looking females (possibly gold diggers) being chatted up by middle-aged men in suits. Opposite The Nobu, The Mayfair Bar is a well know celebrity haunt and the few times I’ve been there, there always seems to be some Z list celebrity hanging out there (apparently I had just missed Kerry Katona…yawn). The cocktails are of a high standard which is to be expected of a 5 star hotel but don’t expect to get good service on a friday night as it will be impossible to get anywhere to sit unless you go early. Hence why Jay and I decided that it would be better to try somewhere less busy.

Not knowing where to go we decided to amble on down Berkeley Street and see if we could find one of the “olde english pubs. After walking for about 15 mins and not seeing any pubs we stumbled on The Connaught Hotel. It being  A luxury 5 star establishment  we were worried that we would be treated with disdain as we were dressed in jeans but our fears were soon put to rest as the friendly doormen welcomed us in. When you arrive inside The Connaught you really catch your breath at how beautiful it is. Tastefully decorated with Italian marble floors, leather chairs, perfume in the air and expertly trained staff  this place screams luxury. The Connaught has two bars The Coburg and The Connaught and is also home to the two Michelin starred restaurant Hélène Darroze . We found ourselves in The Coburg which was warm, small and intimate. The crowd in there was an eclectic mix of businessmen, American tourists, older couples and a group of teeny boppers. As with The Mayfair it was busy but not intimidating so. We were able to secure seats at the bar and after 20 mins we were told by a waiter that seats had become available near the window. How is that for service! With our drinks we were served complimentary crisps, olives and mini napkins. I was surprised how unpretentious and relaxed the atmosphere was in there for such a high-class hotel. Okay so the drinks were on the expensive side. Cocktails go for around 12 pounds and it was 8 pounds for a glass of Sauvignon.  If your pockets are light (like mine) you should possibly save your visit  for a special night out or if you want to impress your date. Ah the toilets! I don’t think I have ever seen more beautiful toilets! Marble floored, scented with perfume, fresh flowers and an attendant who presented you with a fresh towel to dry your hands. To cap it off at the end of the night I accidentally left my umbrella and when we got half way down the road we turned around to see that were being chased by a lovely waitress who brought it to me. I think I am going to convince Mr B to take me here for our next culinary adventure.