And just like that, it’s autumn. Days are getting shorter, pathways are filling up with leaves, and our cravings have suddenly shifted towards comfort.
This week, we’ve a hankering for cake, and culture, and autumn getaways… luckily, our hotlist delivers on all counts.
VISIT THIS La Pâtisserie by Aman Tokyo
Drumroll please… La Pâtisserie by Aman Tokyo has opened on B2 at the Otemachi Tower. Led by Executive Pastry Chef, Yohihisa Miyagawa, the pâtisserie will serve homemade breads, exquisite cakes, traditional French pastries, freshly prepared sandwiches, and artisan coffee. Open from 7AM-8PM Monday to Friday, and 10AM-7PM on Saturday and Sunday, come for the scrumptious cake and stay for the theatre that is watching pastry chefs at work. The floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed kitchen allows customers to watch the chefs in their pristine white uniforms showcasing their culinary skills. It’s truly a sight to behold.
DISCOVER THIS OKA Pop-Up, Old Sessions House
We’re v into this two day immersive pop-up from OKA at Old Sessions House, in Clerkenwell; here’s why… Seven unique spaces will showcase OKA’s new collection, presenting a treasure trove of unique finds and statement pieces. Running from the 8-9 October, the event will feature a series of workshops, talks, and masterclasses in collaboration with renowned creatives: floral stylist Willow Crossley will be sharing her secret to arranging faux flowers, event stylist extraordinaire Fiona Leahy will share her essential entertaining tips and useful hacks, and Sisters Hermione and Ellie Gee, of Hum London will show attendees how to hand-paint their own lampshades with gorgeously colourful patterns. Sign us up.
CHEERS TO THIS The Red Room, The Connaught
The Connaught’s newest bar – The Red Room – is an homage to extraordinary female artists. On entry, discover a collection of red works by four female visionaries, including Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Ti-a Thuy Nguyen, and Trina McKillen. This one-of-a-kind art edit sits against an interior concept designed for refined relaxation, whilst the bar itself – with wine as its focus – boasts a significant collection of the world’s best reds, nodding to the bar’s name and artwork.
ATTEND THIS Noguchi, Barbican
Modernist sculptor and designer, Isamu Noguchi is deemed to be one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. The Barbican’s latest exhibition celebrates the Japanese-American artist’s kaleidoscopic career, with more than 150 works on display. Spanning an extraordinary range of sculptures – made in stone, ceramics, wood, and aluminium – as well as theatre set designs, playground models, furniture and lighting, the exhibition examines and unpicks Noguchi’s approach to sculpture as a living environment. A must-see.
BOOK THIS A Trip To Crete With Phāea Resorts
Cretan Malia Park and Blue Palace Elounda: two properties to add to your autumn getaway wish list ASAP. The former is an eco-conscious family resort just outside the town of Malia. You’ll be instantly smitten after seeing their swish suites – think geometric tiles in earthy tones and polished copper touches – perfectly set in the hotel’s Mediterranean gardens. With a private beach, yoga pavilion, and three on-site restaurants, ‘spoiling’ is the only way to sum up a trip to Cretan Malia Park. The latter, Blue Palace Elounda, is equally alluring – note the hotel’s imposing classical structure and sleek contemporary finishes. Plotted on Crete’s north-eastern coast, come here to switch off and really enjoy some R&R. Whilst here, make sure you book into The Elounda Spa, which is located right on the pebbles, for further zen time. For more inspiration on where to venture to for autumn sun, see here.