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This Week CF Loves: 05.02.24

Could this be one of London’s most quietly stylish streets? With stores showcasing art and galleries presenting food, this Mayfair corner is definitely worth a wander.

Arts is definitely intertwined in everything we are doing, from this very cool restaurant opening at one of London’s most interesting arts hubs to theatre that questions, well, theatre overall! Catch this play, book this restaurant, go to this talk, the start of February is looking very exciting indeed. Enjoy this week’s Citizen Femme hotlist.

Tanya Reynolds and Samuel Adewunmi for A Mirror at the Trafalgar Theatre - photo by Marc Brenner

WATCH THIS A Mirror, Trafalgar Theatre 

London is without a doubt back on form with its showcase of theatre. With a successful transfer from The Almeida to London’s Trafalgar Theatre, Sam Holcroft’s clever play-within-a-play keeps you on your toes in a swift 2 hour production that is witty, eye-opening, full of false realities and rather unexpected. Enter the theatre as the congregation to a supposed wedding. Plot change: you’re actually watching a play. And again, plot change. With layers constantly peeling, Holcroft examines what plays should be about – is it inspiration and escapism, or should they be more of (yes) a mirror of the world we actually live in. Spoiler alert: a major plot twist takes place 10 minutes before the end of the play, forcing the audience to rethink everything they have so far seen. Expect excellent performances from the whole cast, expert direction, and be ready for a small amount of audience participation.

SHOP HERE Toteme, London

The quietly cool Mount Street, welcoming some of the finest restaurants (read: Mount St. Restaurant) and Scott’s a personal favourite, to designers like Roksanda to Métier, now has Stockholm-based fashion label Toteme open its flagship store, taking over the space from Balenciaga, marking the brand’s first European store outside of Sweden. Located at 12 Mount Street, the store’s minimalist interiors, envisioned by the brand’s long-term collaborator Halleroed, create a serene backdrop for an exquisite curation of fashion, art, and furniture. Low podiums fashioned from textured limestone artfully exhibit the clothing pieces, allowing them to take centre stage while exuding a sense of tactile refinement. The space is also home to artworks and furniture by 20th-century Swedish designers and contemporary international artists curated by the founders, including a piece by American post-conceptual artist Wade Guyton at the entrance. The brand has cemented itself as a go-to for meticulously made classics with a contemporary twist. Head to the store to immerse yourself in Toteme’s refined aesthetic and experience their classic designs in real life.

GO TO THIS The London EDITION event series   


Sign  up to one of the events at The London EDITION hotel from Sex Talks to Art After Hours to their sell-out Monthly Digestif and exciting new lecture series in partnership with Deeper into Movies. Book in for the Early Berners menu – ideal if you want to grab a tasty bite with a friend ahead of attending these events. Sex Talks returns with Emma-Louise Boyton in a month-long series inviting special guests across the sex and wellness industry to share their insights on a panel discussion followed by an anonymous Q&A session. Or the new series with Deeper into Movies – a three part instalment which aims to create an immersive space in which film aficionados can come together to discuss, dissect and celebrate the magic of cinema. The first instalment kicks off this week with a lecture on the critically acclaimed Filmmaker, Sofia Coppola, hosted by renowned Writer and Editor, Claire Marie Healy.

Ladbroke Hall

EAT HERE Pollini, North Kensington

Ladbroke Hall opened in 2023 and has quickly garnered international acclaim as London’s new arts and social club. Chef Emanuele Pollini is now in charge of the 60-seat restaurant, his first foray into the London culinary scene. The menu is billed as being “a journey of taste through his childhood in Italy”. It’s a standard Italian menu (three courses plus pasta). For Primi and Secondi, Emanuele’s signature Lasagna della Graziella is presented, alongside emblematic Italian dishes such as the Fritto Misto di Mare, and a selection of pasta dishes include Tagliatelle all’Anatra, Tortelloni de Bufala e Spinaci and Spaghetti in Crema di Pesto e Gamberi. But Pollini is an art museum as much as it is a restaurant with an inimitable interior, a striking black and white theme presenting an artistic dialogue in keeping with the historic elements of the Beaux Arts building, positioning Pollini as one of London’s most unique dining rooms. Book into Ladbroke Hall’s Friday Jazz Dinners, with an exclusive Pollini set menu, which sit alongside the venue’s live events programme consisting of talks, recitals and community performances. This Spring will also see the opening of the Pollini garden, a 100 square foot dining and drinking alfresco terrace.


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