Archive for 2015

MY CHRISTMASSY HOTSPOTS

When it comes to Christmas, it’s natural to think of Austrian markets and Father Christmas’ home in Lapland. Yet peer a little closer beneath the hustly, bustly, shopping-crazed surface of London, and our Capital city really does have some seasonal delights of its own. Here’s where to go and what to do when the season of madness descends…

  1. Eat: At Sexy Fish – the trendy new restaurant on Berkeley Square. Serving Asian food, the restaurant itself is decadent and inviting – and features artwork from Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts. There’s even a resident DJ at weekends!
  2. Drink: Oodles of tea at the ever so classic Connaught. Perfect for an afternoon jaunt with the girls, their festive feast includes everything from seasonal cakes to melt-in-your-mouth pastries set to the sound of a strumming harp.
  3. Be merry: At a drinks party. This year, I’ve totted up more than my fair share of Christmas party invites. So I’ll be taking along some wonderful mandarins from Wholefoods – an unusual but lovely treat for any hostess.
  4. Shop: I have to admit, I hate shopping! This year though, my top tip is good old Argos. Perfect for the practical person in your life – or for finding children’s toys, it really is the place where you’ll find everything under one roof or in one catalogue!
  5. See: I love a Christmas show – and none more so than a seasonal ballet. Having seen the Nutcracker! many, many times, I’m partial to a performance of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. Matthew Bourne’s modern day take of the latter kicks off at Sadler’s Wells on December 1st.

Happy Christmas hotspotting!

Sexy Fish

MY GUIDE TO BEATING THE OCTOBER BLUES

If ever there was a month with a tendency to feel depressing, it’s October. Not quite November when we have Christmas shopping to do and parties to plan for – it also lacks the leaf-turning autumnal beauty of September. Which means that as the clocks threaten to change and the days get gradually darker, one can feel generally down in the dumps. Yet as someone who believes that getting out and about is the solution to sending those doldrums running, here’s my guide to London’s top ways to lift those spirits this month…

  1. Flat Three, Holland Park: No, not my latest property purchase – but in fact, an uber trendy restaurant serving Japanese food that’s sure to tickle your fancy this month. Specialising in tasting and sharing plates, it’s ideal for either groups or of it’s just the two of you. Just don’t miss the delicious scallops and venison.
  2. The Croc Bowling Alley at The Ham Yard Hotel: As it’s my godson’s 15th Birthday this month, we’re celebrating with a round or two in the hotel’s fabulous bowling alley. Super swish with a traditional 1950s feel, there’s a lounge, bar and dancefloor that’s perfect for a mood-boosting party.
  3. The Theatre of Blood Halloween Ball: Like Birthdays, Valentine’s, Christmas and New Year, you can either waste time railing against Halloween – or embrace it. I’ll be doing the latter at this incredibly party that’s set in an abandoned theatre and features a range of bizarre performers and even a spooky ‘Inventor’s Laboratory’.
  4. James Bond, Spectre: As a true 007 fan, I’m looking forward to the opening night of Spectre which will premier in the Birmingham cinema situated near our new venue there, just a few minutes after appearing on London screens. One not to be missed.
  5. Outdoor ice skating: There’s nothing like feeling the crisp, cold air on your face as you whizz around an ice rink in the great outdoors. London’s season of Christmas ice rinks kicks off this month with the Natural History Museum one opening on 29th and Canary Wharf becoming blade-worthy on 31st.

Ice rink

Image from:theculturetrip.com

A NEW APPROACH TO CELLULITE

If you’re anything like me, now is about the time that you start thinking ahead – and planning a winter sun break. For already, the heat and light of the summer seems but a distant memory – and both our bodies and mood feel the negative effects.  So if you’re planning on jetting off to places far and wide where your swimming cozzie will be accompanying you in your suitcase, now’s the ideal time to start tackling cellulite. Being so notoriously stubborn to shift, the fact that it takes around 21 days to see noticeable improvements means that this October, we’re bringing a new, ‘Microtherme’ treatment to an EF clinic near you. The treatment stems from a technique we’ve previously used on the face, but so miraculous were its abilities to boost skin rejuvenation, we have ladies clammering for us to adapt it for the body! As it turns out, after significant testing, we’ve discovered that by running Radio Frequency down the needle, the increase in collagen that it brings about actually drastically reduces the lumpy, bumpy, tell-tale signs of cellulite too. As a totally new approach to combating cellulite that differs significantly from the traditional ‘detox’ method, we recommend you have it every three weeks for a total of six treatments. We apply an anaesthetic cream to eliminate discomfort during the treatment – then prescribe a home regimen that includes the fantastic Biologique Recherche Crème Répartice for firming the inner thighs and Crème Anti-C to help eliminate fat deposits. As for me, after my course of Microtherme treatments are complete, I’ll be heading to Dubai in December for a skin conference – a prime opportunity to catch some sneaky winter sun – and add to my growing collection of brightly coloured swimming cozzies!

 

Beaches-in-Dubai

CANARY WHARF OPENS IT DOORS!

After months of careful planning, design, building and finishing, I’m thrilled to say that we’ve finally thrown open the doors to our latest EF venue in Canary Wharf! Situated right in the heart of the City, it carries all the characteristic attention to detail and dedication to bringing our customers the very latest innovations in health and beauty – but comes in a new, compact space that’s ideal for speedy appointments. As the first in what I hope will be many of EF’s compact Drip & Chill lounges for urbanites on the go, Canary Wharf features four chairs for visitors receiving one of our health-boosting infusions. And while we have a menu of 10, ‘off-the-peg’ drips tailored to solving your most common health concerns – from lack of energy and stress to a loss of libido, or you’d simply like a brain or immune boost – we’ll also be bespoke blending our elixirs using algorithms created by a unique software programme into which we input your lifestyle questionnaire.  As we’ll no doubt play host to hoards of stressed-out City workers, we’ve designed the space to be as versatile as possible. Sit back and relax in one of our lounge chairs with a coffee or juice and you’ll eek out some time for ‘R’ and ‘R’ during your precious lunchtime. Alternatively, join the new ‘sociable dripping’ movement and book in a business meeting for you and three colleagues so you can discuss work-related matters while you drip! Either way, by combining a stylish environment with a speedy concept perfectly suited to our fast-paced modern lifestyles – and pioneering computer science, we’re hoping to change the way Londoners maintain their health with each and every drip! So book in now – and watch this space for our next Drip & Chill lounge popping up in a place near you soon.

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