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Citizen Femme Hotlist: 23.05.22

From this year’s hottest fashion read to East London’s must-visit restaurant, we’ve covered it all in this week’s hotlist.

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TRY THIS The Waterhouse Project

Beginning life as a pop-up, The Waterhouse Project, set up by Gabriel Waterhouse, former chef at 1 Michelin-stared Galvin La Chapelle in 2015, has found its forever home in a light-filled warehouse space on London’s Regent’s Canal. Bridging the gap between “fine dining elegance and relaxed, comfortable, and informal atmospheres”, on arrival, the restaurant’s convivial atmosphere is instantly felt. An experiment in ‘social fine dining’, The Waterhouse Project invites diners to break bread in the company of others – you can opt to dine at one of two communal tables, or for a more intimate dining experience, request to be seated at one of eight smaller tables. The 40-cover space presents set lunch and dinner menus (serving six and nine courses respectively), with menus (which promote the best of local produce sourced from the British isles) changing each month. Beautifully presented nibbles make a strong start – we defy you not to scoff the lobster with kaffir lime and tarragon and the sourdough with whipped butters (plain and garlic infused) smudged on a stone. As plates become more substantial, standouts include: mussels with Jerusalem artichokes, preserved lemon, and chive oil, and the Sutton Hoo chicken, with sherry, morels, wild garlic, and truffle. Round out your meal with petit fours of tempered chocolates and scrumptious canelés, paired with a post-meal prandial – choose your poison from the kitchen countertop.

READ THIS Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell

‘As a child, Anna Wintour was a tomboy with no apparent interest in clothing but, seduced by the miniskirts and bob haircuts of swinging 1960s London, she grew into a fashion-obsessed teenager. Her father, an influential newspaper editor, loomed large in her life, and once he decided she should become editor-in-chief of Vogue, she never looked back.’

‘Based on extensive interviews with Anna Wintour’s closest friends and collaborators, including some of the biggest names in fashion, journalist Amy Odell has crafted the most revealing portrait of Wintour ever published. Weaving Anna’s personal story into a larger narrative about the hierarchical dynamics of the fashion industry and the complex world of Condé Nast, Anna charts the relentless ambition of the woman who would become an icon.’


Luxury footwear label ESSĒN THE LABEL believes that shoes are the foundation of a well curated wardrobe and the bases of any great outfit. We categorically agree. This summer, we’re adding the City Sandal, a minimalist design with timeless appeal, to our sartorial rotation. Handmade in Portugal, a country known for its leather workmanship and shoe manufacturing, the City Sandal’s classic black iteration ensures endless styling options whilst the recycled rubber sole make them comfortable enough for all day wear.

With consciousness at the core of the brand, ESSĒN THE LABEL produces in small batches, or on-demand, and with the introduction of block chain technology, further transparency is shown across the brand’s supply chain. Every ESSĒN shoe has a story and through the QR code, the consumer can discover its entire journey from start to finish. All the more reason to add to basket.


Parisian perfumer Diptyque is launching a two-week pop-up store from today, located on Sloane Street. Launched as part of the floral art show, Chelsea in Bloom, the Maison has interpreted this year’s ‘British Icons’ theme with two British classics. The ‘teatime in roses’ concept plays with the rose, an iconic muse of the Maison; and afternoon tea, pays homage to the Thé / Tea candle – one of Diptyque’s three original candle creations. The façade of the store will be adorned with a beautiful fresh rose installation, created by local florists, Blooming Haus, with Parisian café seating to enjoy the Diptyque experience. Customers will be invited to enjoy light refreshments, whilst discovering the brand’s floral and gourmand scents, with exclusive animations and personalisation services in place across the two-week residency, which runs until 5 June 2022.

REVISIT THIS Boundary London

Newly reopened Boundary is home to 17 individually designed boutique rooms, each of which pay tribute to an iconic designer or movement of the 20th century, from Bauhaus to Eames, provides much temptation to squirrel away for a weekend at this sleek East-London bolthole. More tempting still is the opening of Boundary’s ground floor restaurant and bar, which marks a new era for the former Victorian warehouse. Offering diners an all-day British brasserie-style menu by Swedish-born head chef, Robin Freeman, tuck into Lulworth Bay scallops in anchovy and parsley butter and cuttlefish in ink sauce, amongst other delights. Weekend plans sorted.

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