Wormsley Library John Paul Getty Bucks

A shared passion for books and reading has always been one of the things that has always drawn Clare and I together since the week we met at school, aged sixteen. Fast forward far too many years, and we find ourselves at Wormsley for the Maserati 100 Year celebrations, when small groups of guests were allowed into the famous Library, home to one of the finest private literary collections in the country, during the day.

Imagine us slowly walking around the Library, mouths hanging slack, prodding each other occasionally and muttering a few words from time to time, which went something like this…Shakespeare First Folio….oh god, Caxton’s 1st edition The Canterbury Tales….LOOK it’s Anne Boleyn’s Psalter…

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virgin atlantic flightdecks 787 dreamliner atlanta

I’ve been packing  for my next trip abroad this evening, and I’m slightly stumped as to what to take on board the plane, as I don’t think my usual travel kit of ear plugs, eye mask and sleeping pills are quite what is required here.

That’s because, on what will be hands down the most unusual flight I have ever been invited on, tomorrow (Thursday 23rd) afternoon, I will be 35000 feet up high in the air on the inaugural flight of the new Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner, listening to London-based bands Rudimental, and Gorgon City play the first ever gig to be live streamed from a plane over the Atlantic Ocean. (Yay!)

Hashtagged #FlightDecks, the journey will take us from London to Atlanta, Georgia for two days of celebrations and explorations, before we return on Sunday morning.

I’m excited for my first visit to Atlanta, which I associate with the Civil Rights Movement, with Coca-Cola and with the Civil War. And I’ve just about got over my jet lag from Shanghai last week, so why not start all over again?

If you’d like to track the flight, the one-time-only DJ sets will be streamed live at flightdecks.virgin-atlantic.com, and I have also embedded the livestream below.

The schedule is:
14.00 Flight departs
17.15 Gorgon City – first set
18.45 Rudimental – second set
19.45 Rudimental vs. Gorgon City – final set

Please note that as per any live event, all start times are subject to change, but Virgin Atlantic expect that all sets will be performed within a 30-minute window of the times specified.

Virgin Atlantic #Flightdecks is on Mixlr


Behind the scenes of our Boden shoot at Goodwood

by Sasha Wilkins on October 21, 2014 · 1 comment


This may well be my favourite Boden Diaries story so far. My father and I and Lettice spent the day zooming around the glorious Goodwood Estate in his vintage Jaguar XK120, before hunkering down for the evening with my sister, Remy and Posetta Baddog in the Goodwood Hotel. I love Goodwood: my father and I have driven on the historic motor circuit there plenty of times, most recently in the MGA (story here), and it was great to be able to return with him for this story.

The whole story is over here on the Boden site.

Meanwhile, here on LLG, I have some of the behind the scenes photographs and outs from the story that Remy and I shot on the day. We are wearing Boden in all the photos and, at the bottom of this post is a clickable carousel featuring all the pieces.

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Chocolate brownies

I’ve been baking the, frankly epic, chocolate brownies from Friends, Food, Family all afternoon to put in the gift bags for a very lovely dinner that I am hosting tonight at the Dodo store in Sloane Square. (These are bite-size, as they are going in the American cardboard Chinese food pails that I like to use for food presents.)

You may remember that I threw a dinner party here at my apartment in London for a few of my friends on behalf of Dodo almost this time last year, and I was thrilled when Dodo said they would like to celebrate the launch of my cookbook with a dinner actually in their Sloane Square store.

We’ll be eating recipes from the book, catered by the wonderful people at Cellar Society, with my friends at Scarlet & Violet doing the flowers. It promises to be a wonderful evening and, of course, we’ll be reporting back here afterwards!

You can read more about Dodo and their beautiful charms here.


Shanghai Fashion Week: The Vertu Dinner

October 18, 2014 LLG Fashion

So you know that golden rule that says NO CELLPHONE USE AT THE TABLE? Well, I’ve found the exception: a VIP dinner hosted by a very chic luxury phone company. Then you are practically encouraged to whip out your devices onto the tablecloth.

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Cookery demos from Friends, Food, Family at Le Creuset

October 17, 2014 LLG Fashion

I couldn’t be happier about this! I shot quite a lot of the book using Le Creuset bake and cookware, so it makes perfect sense to team up with the LC UK team for my first mini book tour. (Lots of info on the Le Creuset website here.) Entrance will be free and there will [...]

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Hello from Shanghai!

October 17, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

Another week of what seems like perpetual motion. On Tuesday I flew to Shanghai, having risen very early to appear on William Sitwell’s Biting Talk show on Soho Radio, as his guest London restaurant critic (talking about Sea Containers at the Mondrian London), along with restaurateur Mark Hix, and Andy Blas, Executive Pastry Chef at [...]

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Lettice gets Microchipped for free by DogsTrust!

October 16, 2014 Dogs

Although Letty Spaghetti came to us fully inoculated, the one thing she did need to have was a microchip implanted. So I spoke to my friends at Dogs Trust, who do such admirable work not just in looking after, and re-homing dogs, but in encouraging responsible dog ownership. They run a free microchipping service (Vital [...]

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The Launch of the OMEGA De Ville Butterfly watch in Seoul, South Korea

October 14, 2014 Accessories

If you’re flying in media, influencers, VIPS, retailers, the odd pop star and, oh, Nicole Kidman to South Korea from all corners of the world to launch a beautiful new watch, then that event is probably going to be more on the spectacular side than the quotidian. That being said, could we have predicted 21 000 [...]

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Throwing a supper party: my latest story for the Great Boden Diaries Project

October 13, 2014 LLG Fashion

I really do love having people over to eat at my London flat. Sometimes I make an effort and lay the table, sometimes guests are lucky if they get a knife and a fork. For my most recent story for the Great Boden Diaries Project, I documented an autumnal supper party I threw for a [...]

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