Last week was seven days of rushing around like crazy, trying to fit in lots of meetings, whilst trying to complete a project. In the main I tend to try to be at home during the day, (although with AW14 presentations at the moment it’s tricky), and then hop off to work events in the evening. I’ve brought my filthy New York habits back with me, and can, if pushed squeeze in three or four things in a night, thanks to Hailo.
On Tuesday Chloe and I went to the launch party of The Shangri-La hotel at The Shard. (View above.)
I’m very much looking forward to the opening of the bar with its ariel swimming pool.
Then we grabbed a cab to Wahaca on Charlotte Street for the launch of Tommi’s new book, Chilli Notes: Recipes to Warm the Heart (Not Burn the Tongue). Party done, it would have been rude not to slip downstairs for supper in the restaurant.
Wednesday morning saw the AW14 Boden press day. Their visual merchandising is second to none: I always love their thematic presentations, and the clothes just get better and better each season. (This dress is my current favourite from the SS14 collection.)
It was a week of disappointing meals – bar delicious Wahaca. Thank goodness for the wonderful company at each.
Although I breakfast there at least once a week, I had yet to have lunch at Riding House Cafe. On Wednesday I had the chick pea patty with halloumi and sprouting broccoli. Honestly: I make a better version of this, and the halloumi slice was both overcooked and parsimonious. That being said the two burgers next to me looked magnificent.
There was an afternoon tea meeting on the same day at The Wolseley with coffee and walnut cake. Delicious – although the service was akin to snails. Lost count of the number of times we asked for hot water, tea, cake etc. (Although our forgotten cakes were eventually comped.)
I rushed home to do some work, sadly missing drinks at Shrimpy’s to celebrate Karen Millen’s new film by Mary Nighy, but managed to zoom across town later to Hoxton for an intimate dinner to celebrate Lyst’s new home in the old White Cube gallery in Hoxton Square.
Thursday I was up at 530am to work, managed to miss all my scheduled press day, stayed glued to the office, bar a three hour meeting in the afternoon. until Friday morning saw me back at The Shard, this time in the executive suite as a guest of BA’s High Life, for a think tank on the Future of London.
The view from Waterloo Bridge, en route to The Shard – just seen on the right side.
The panel was chaired by Will Self, and my fellow panellists were Jamal Edwards, founder of SB.tv, Kathryn Parsons, Co-founder Decoded, Deyan Sudjic, head of the Design Museum, Pernilla Ohrstedt, architect, Mark Jones, Cedar editorial team, Russell Norman, restaurateur (& author of Polpo) and Irvine Sellar, developer of The Shard
The panel was recorded for a podcast, and you’ll be able to read more in the September issue of High Life.
There was some baking done here and there throughout the week. This is an immense rhubarb crumble cake.
The weather is definitely improving – the view from my dining room last Friday:
I rounded off the week at my local, the York and Albany with an impromptu pizza and Prosecco evening, with Hannah, Mark, Rachel, Clare and Holly, to help celebrate all sorts of things.
The service is always flawless at the Y&A, and everyone’s pizzas were wonderful – except my calzone which went back a record three times, before I gave up and left attempt four as inedible. Raw grated cheese, then the discovery of un-ordered ham, then more raw cheese. Seriously annoying. Although they did then comp me a cocktail. Stick to the usually excellent traditional pizzas would be my advice. I also managed to smash a wine glass whilst waving my hands about, and ended up with a lap full of wine. Not my evening, really.
Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
York & Albany, 127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS
The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB
Shangri-La London, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU