We’re diving back into London’s cultural scene with this hot ticket, booking a farmhouse staycation, and nourishing our body and stomach, this is what we are loving this week.
TREAT YOURSELF TO THIS Chantecaille at Harrods
Aligning the beautiful landscape of the South of France with cutting-edge scientific research, skincare and beauty brand Chantecaille is known for formulating its luxurious products with a uniquely-high concentration of botanicals, flowers, essential oils and vitamins. Now the brand is offering a curated selection of treatments ranging from express to luxuriously long. Whether you’re an active traveller needing to boost your skin, or need some pampering for stressed-out skin, book in for one of the treatments from the ‘Detoxifying and Perfecting Treatment’ using the detoxifying powers of red Hibiscus, combined with the age-defying powers of Longoza and the skin-perfecting powers of Opilia; to the ‘Dazzling Eye Treatment’, a dynamic massage administered to various parts of the body with an immediate transformational effect on the entire eye area.
EAT HERE Poon's Wontoneria Residencey, Carousel
From the family behind the eponymous West End restaurant institution, Poon’s Wontoneria comes to at No. 23 Charlotte Street, Carousel’s restaurant incubator space, for a three-month residency from this month. Great news for wonton lovers, Wontoneria will see Amy Poon create a bespoke menu centred around Poon’s signature handmade wontons, alongside a daily lunch special and the option to buy Poon’s Chinese pantry essentials, including cult favourites Extraordinary Chilli Oil and Chilli Vinegar Dressing. These sit alongside a daily lunch special, the wonton noodle bowl, combining a smaller portion of wontons with egg noodles and greens for a restorative midday meal. And if you feel like whipping up some favourites at home, pick up Poon’s Chinese pantry essentials, including fiery Extraordinary Chilli Oil, cult favourite Chilli Vinegar Dressing, WO Sauce – Poons’ take on XO sauce – and fine Premium First Extract Soy Sauce.
STAY HERE Southleigh Wood cabin at Glebe House
Nestled in a peaceful part of the garden at staycation favourite Glebe House, you’ll now find Southleigh Wood, a cosy cabin for two that overlooks the magnificent Coly Valley in Devon. Built using cedar trees from just a mile away, the cabin has been designed with large windows, furnishings from local craftsmen and art by owner Olive and local painter Rosie Harbottle. As well as its own kitchen, wood burner and rainfall shower, the cabin boats a large outdoor bathtub and private terrace with fire pit. Feeling peckish? Simply head over to the main farmhouse for breakfast and dinners in the wonderful restaurant helmed by Olive’s husband and chef Hugo. There’s also a heated pool (from April – September) and tennis court to enjoy during your stay.
SEE THIS Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons
Charismatic screen stars Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner tread the boards of the Harold Pinter Theatre in a slick two-hander by playwright Sam Steiner that explores what happens in a world where you are only allowed to say 140 words a day. In a dynamic and captivating 85 minutes, directed by Josie Rourke and set against a towering backdrop of everyday objects conceived by the designer Robert Jones, you’ll see the pair portray a couple – lawyer Bernadette and musician Oliver – who meet in a pet cemetery and form a relationship just before the ‘Hush Law’ get passed by parliament. The play jumps back and forth through time, with early scenes that sparkle with the dialogue of romantic comedy, and more disjointed but equally revealing interactions after the dystopian quota sets in, including a rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart.
BUY THIS Tea & Tequila
This artisan brand is ripping up the rule book when it comes to how they craft leather. A brand with a British heart and a Mexican soul, they are using leaves of the Cactus Nopal in Mexico to create their leather pieces. The aesthetic is fun and flirty with cute scalloped edge detailing on leather pants, retro-inspired patch-working on shackets and oversized bombers that have weekend wardrobe written all over them. And more, it’s plant-based, vegan and plastic-free, 100% made in Mexico with 50% of its gross profits donated to Fundacion Haciendas del Mundo Maya, a Mexican charity that supports the local artisans in the Yucatan, helping the undiscovered skills and techniques that are disappearing, keeping their crafts alive. Try the Lia Khaki trousers, mid-rise, cut for a straight-leg fit, full length, in khaki green cactus leather featuring double ended gold zips up the sides of the legs.
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