I’m sitting in a cosy lounge in my gym and the plan after I write this post is to head downstairs for a swim, a dip in the jacuzzi and some time in the steam room. After the last week of struggling with a horrible cold, I’m looking forward to unwinding. But as I think about all the heat that awaits me I can’t ignore the fact that freezing in Chelsea is trending.

Take KXU’s cryotherapy chamber; one of only a few in London. For those who have yet to discover this experience, a cryotherapy session involves being taken to -90 celsius. And after just a few minutes inside the chamber, the benefits include aiding muscle recovery, pain relief and boosting the body’s metabolic rate. There are other health benefits related to cryotherapy and plenty more reasons why sports stars are using this treatment to reduce injuries, help sleep and increase energy.

Another treatment that is becoming increasingly popular is Coolsculpting; the fat-freezing procedure that reduces body fat in a non-surgical way. It all stemmed from a discovery in the 1970s when scientists linked the dimples inside the cheeks of children who liked ice lollies to the idea that ‘excessive exposure to cold could reduce fat cells naturally and eliminate them from the body’.

A few weeks ago I saw this treatment, which is available at KX Private Members Health Club and Mallucci London, being demo’d at Claridges. And I can see Coolsculpting increasing in popularity because it is non-invasive. There are no scalpels or scars that come with this treatment; and from what I’ve seen the results are very impressive.

This winter I’ll be heading to the slopes for the first time in many many years. Normally I love a hot climate, sandy beaches and calm sea. But perhaps this freezing trend is about to become real. KXU is a pay-as-you-go gym with treatment rooms and a restaurant; so it’ll be very easy to find out sooner or later.

KXU, 241 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP; KX, 151 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3AL; Mallucci London, 13 Crescent Place, Chelsea, London SW3 2EA

Last week I visited Salon Sloane on Holbein Place, just around the corner from Sloane Square tube station. There were quite a few reasons for my excitement: I’d heard so much about the great team at the salon who included the fabulous Kelly (the salon’s Chief Operating Officer) who I was thrilled to be seeing again after quite a few years. Another reason why I was looking forward to discovering Salon Sloane was because of its imminent move to Pavilion Road.

Pavilion Road deserves an entire post to itself because it is fast becoming a thriving neighbourhood hangout in Chelsea.

Diagonally across Sloane Square when you step off Symons Street …

… you can find UK’s longest mews lined with boutique stores and artisan food …

… along with this beautiful courtyard where you can enjoy Granger & Co, April’s Café and soon KXU (KX’s pay as you go gym, which is also very exciting).

In September, Salon Sloane will be moving to Pavilion Road and after being treated to a fabulous haircut with a fringe that is constantly being complimented, I am very certain the salon will be a great addition to this fabulous road. The staff are so friendly and just like the rest of Pavilion Road, Salon Sloane’s expertise excels.

With Cosmetics à la Carte and Sarah Chapman a stone’s throw away from Salon Sloane it looks like Pavilion Road is fast becoming as much a beauty destination as it is foodie for the locals.

Thank you Ivan for my haircut. I can’t wait to see you guys soon again.

There are many layers to London’s beauty. One of them are the culinary journeys you can take without having to leave this fabulous city.

A few weeks ago while London was basking in the heat of the summer’s sun I visited Eneko; a new modern Basque restaurant nestled inside the elegant One Aldwych hotel.

While I chose a glass of Champagne to start our five-course brunch with, OH chose the G22 by Gorka Izagirre served exclusively at Eneko. This clean and complex wine was a delight to try so much so I had to order a glass for myself later on.

And while Little Man tucked into his kids’ menu …

OH and I started our brunch with the beautiful Traditional Talo, made of crispy corn talo, heritage tomatoes and basil emulsion. It was fresh on the palate and as tasty was it was picture perfect.

Next on the menu was the Cerdito Caliente “Hot Hog” which involved Iberico ham and mushroom duxelle in a Basque muffin. This probably wasn’t a dish I would have looked at ordering but upon taking the first bite it was one I enjoyed instantly and had no problem finishing.

The next course was a lighter and just as flavoursome Egg Yolks Tempura with creamy potatoes and confit vegetables while …

… the fourth course allowed for a choice between three dishes:

The Txuleta (below), which OH ordered. Organic Rhug Estate rib of beef and spring onion salad …

The duck breast with green Gernika peppers, which I enjoyed thoroughly …

… with some chips on the side.

And monkfish with garlic, chilli and parsley, which also sounded great.

The fifth and final dish on the Eneko’s brunch menu is the Torrija; a Basque vanilla sponge, with caramel crumble ice cream, which was so good and the perfect ending to this most wonderful meal.

While OH enjoyed his vanilla sponge dessert, I chose the rose marshmallow with strawberry sorbet – which isn’t on the set menu.

The whole experience at Eneko was such a pleasure. The friendly staff were fantastic especially with Little Man patiently sitting through our five courses (and some exploring thrown in). I’ve never taken an iPad to a restaurant or pulled my iPhone out to entertain so this was Little Man’s biggest restaurant challenge, which he excelled at. I was so impressed especially as it’s so easy to lose track of time with Eneko’s stylish and airy interior.

Eneko, 1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ

*We were invited as guests of the restaurant but hand on heart Eneko’s weekend brunch menu is real treat. 

I love it when time flies, you catch up with a friend and it feels like only yesterday when you were laughing and letting the meandering conversation make its own way into the evening. The other week that’s just what happened with one of my nearest and dearest friends and on the night we were perched comfortably on stools along the bar of Chicama; a Peruvian restaurant along the King’s Road.

Over the years we’ve experienced a few firsts together: going to the Orange store in Notting Hill to pick up our first mobile phones on our lunch break; visiting Puglia for a girly holiday when we were both single before we met the men we now have children with; and countless London discoveries as we made our way through our twenties. So it felt like old times when we met at Chicama and discovered this Chelsea gem together.

She recommended the Pera Verano cocktail which she had started the night off with … and I loved it. Beforehand, I’d also tried the Barberola cocktail with Barsol Pisco, rhubarb and cherry – their signature cocktail.

Small plates were spread out throughout our evening and we both enjoyed every dish we tried.

Padron peppers

Tapioca marshmallow with ocopa sauce

Sea bass ceviche, grilled corn, heritage tomato, pickled onion

Fried aubergine, plantain miso, pecans

King prawns, tosted almonds with yuzu kosho dressing

Black rice

And the evening ended with the sign of another fabulous night; an espresso martini with orange coffee liqueur.

Overall, the atmosphere at Chicama was lively; the staff were friendly and the restaurant itself was a real beauty. I’ll definitely be going back again.

Chicama, 383 King’s Road, SW10 0LP, London

It has been a while since I visited Haché on Fulham Road. Not since its stylish refurb had I set foot in here. But recently I was invited to pop in for a review and I accepted, unbeknownst to me how much had changed since the last time I dropped by.

Along with the more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing interior, I discovered that the burger menu had changed. Steak burgers are now a feature and my OH chose the Steak Fumé which arrived with caramelised onions, smoked bacon, gruyère cheese and Haché coleslaw. Its theatrical arrival in a smoke-filled dome was enough to capture anyone’s attention and gauging OH’s reaction, the burger was very good too especially …

… with a side of truffle fries.

As for me, I opted for the Steak Le Truffle burger which was topped with truffle shavings, truffle aioli, caramelised onions and Gruyère cheese. It was divine.

My side was a bowl of kale salad to add a healthy balance and I enjoyed it very much too.

Little Man went for the chicken goujons burger with fries and although he didn’t give the bun a chance he was a big fan of everything else he tried.

Overall, it really felt good being back at Haché and as I sipped a glass of gorgeous Kir Royale I wondered why it had taken us so long to return. I guess sometimes we slip in and out of habits; Haché was always one of the places we popped into before catching a film at the cinema across the road. It was almost a weekly event until Little Man came along and now he’s old enough to go to the cinema (today we watched Despicable Me 3), I feel that we will definitely be visiting Haché more often – not least because I’d like to indulge in another one of those steak burgers.

And another reason to return is for their breakfast menu (here). After our usual family Sunday mornings at the gym this menu looks so good.

Haché, 329-331 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL

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