Bloomin’ Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury is blossoming, and not just on a sunny day – although that doesn’t hurt. Start with the just renovated Curzon Bloomsbury – once the much-revered art-house icon Renoir that had fallen on hard times. Not anymore. The new Curzon Bloomsbury is perfect date-night material. With its gold bar, sleek lounges, minimalist look, “The Canyon”…

How I Love a Good Pop-Up

One of my all time favourite design blogs, Remodelista, is holding a one day fair tomorrow (Saturday, November 15) at a terrific recently-opened interiors shop in north Mayfair called  The New Craftsmen. I’ve been following SF-site Remodelista on Instagram for ages, ever since my always-in-the-know sister Alexandra told me about it. Don’t miss this one-day…

Mayfair Bejewels and Bedazzles

Mayfair just keeps getting more marvellous. I stopped in for a cappuccino at the brand new Maison Assouline on Piccadilly, a shop as luxurious and comforting as freshly pressed linen sheets. Founded by the uber-glamourous French couple Prosper and Martine Assouline, their first international flagship sells the good life, the very good life. Beautiful books,…

The Mouse that Roared

Auction house Phillips is tired of playing little brother to domineering older siblings Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Phillips is demanding some airtime with this week’s opening of its splendid new European headquarters on Berkeley Square – just in time for the arrival of the art world glitteratti. The Russian-owned auctioneers have taken five floors  in a huge,…