Grandlife Tour of London showcases where to be seen

Grandlife Hotels travelled to London in style for Fashion Week……yes old news now, however what a snapshot of the latest and greatest London has to offer right now.  Their itinery takes in restaurants, bars and shops….the pick of London.

When I saw this itiniery I immediately earmarked it for my next trip.  What a fabulous ready made list to work your way around…no research required.  What’s good for Grandlife Hotels is good enough for me. I have to admit a couple of my favourite places are on the list which is a drawcard…..Topshop and The Wolsely !!

It is certainly a starting point from which to add as I read about or hear about more over the next little while.  Best to go prepared!!!  Once there, time is precious….particularly as I insist on going back to all my old favourites as well…Harvey Nichols gound floor, Laduree behind Harrods for afternoon tea and the list goes on.








Ribbons, trimmings and all things passementerie at VVRouleaux in London

‘The Chanel of ribbons and trimmings shops’ Red Magazine. This is one of my favourite shops in London… V V Rouleaux.  Opened by Annabel Lewis in 1990 and now in a new shop in Sloane Square and also Marylebone . 

You can’t help but buy miles
of ribbon for wrapping and the selection process does seem to take
forever, there is just too much choice.

Her belief ‘there are no barriers between fashion and decorating, home and catwalk’. 

There are irresistible tassles and braids and trims, all very unique.  What did the design world do before V V Rouleaux.

Individual furniture and clothing items in store capture the V V Style far beyond the traditional use of ribbons and trims.

PS. I did love the old shop on the other side of Sloane Square….yes tiny but more of an Aladin’s Cave full of sumptuous jewels



Christmas Indulgence with The Imperial Hamper from Fortnum and Mason


When I discovered The Imperial Hamper from Fortnum and Mason, London
for 5000 pounds I just could not believe my eyes.  It truly is a feast
both visually and gastronomically beyond all imagining.  I have had so
much pleasure gazing longingly at the contents in all their glory….the
best that money could buy !!  I really did have to share this as it is
certainly a case of having to see it to believe it.  I am fascinated to
know who may have ordered one and more importantly, who might be the
extremely lucky recipient.

Fortnums describes the hamper as follows:


To create this outstanding hamper, we have left no stone unturned in our search for the world’s finest food and fortums_hamperwine.
From the first sip of Cristal to the last morsel of truffle-scented
Brie, this exceptional selection of luxuries delivers on both quantity
and quality. Lift the lid to find, among many other things, Darjeeling’s
finest tea, a whole side of wild Scottish smoked salmon, white truffle
oil, Beluga caviar, Foie Gras with Truffles, Fortnum’s Cognac Butter,
our incomparable Magnifici Florentines, an amphora of Orange Marmalade
with Champagne, an enormous box of chocolates, a magnum each of Cristal
2002 and Dom Ruinart 1993 and a bottle of Dalmore 32-year-old whisky. As
if that weren’t enough, this year we’ve included our new Jubilee Queen
Elizabeth Christmas Pudding, which takes our King George Pudding as its
base and adds macadamia nuts, port and double cream and a crown of glacé
fruits, painted with gold leaf. Presented in a hamper made of English
willow, this is a five-star feast that will linger in one’s memory for
quite a long time.

Available for UK delivery only.


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