I’m not great at new year’s resolutions. At best I consider pressing reboot, rather than making a list of promises to myself because I know I don’t have much willpower or stamina when it comes to shifting gear so suddenly as soon as it hits January 1st. It hasn’t been a dry January and I haven’t bought a Nutribullet. But saying that, I am a big fan of goals and giving myself goals such as the winter run series and a shopping trip at the start of next month has meant I’ve been going to the gym more often than usual and watching what I eat.

One of the ways I’m making sure I eat properly is to make sure I shop properly. I’m trying harder to plan what I buy so I don’t end up grabbing whatever is most convenient at the end of the day. Shopping properly also means I have more chance of picking up quality ingredients which obviously means a tastier supper.

Recently, I learned about Brompton Food Market in South Kensington. It’s round the corner from the wonderful al fresco strip of restaurants on Exhibition Road and it fits nicely with the locale.

Brompton Food Market

Brompton Food Market is about “the produce; carefully sourced from around the world with seasonal fruit and veg kept in perfect condition, rare breed meat, aged and cut with knowledge and care and sparkling fish straight from the boats in Newlyn Harbour.”Brompton Food Market

And when you take a look around, you can see quality oozing from the shelves and counters … Brompton Food Market

Brompton Food Market

Brompton Food Market

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Brompton Food Market

Brompton Food Market

Brompton Food MarketI love that there is a juice bar …

Brompton Food Market

… and that you can enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat amongst the produce.

Brompton Food Market

Out back there is also a wonderful gem, a secret garden which isn’t so secret amongst the locals. It’s a really fabulous spot which seems to be popular in the winter and I can imagine it being a great place to hang out during the other seasons, especially summer.
Brompton Food MarketBrompton Food Market are also about to start holding events. The first one is a Burns Night Supper on January 23rd which sounds great. Co-owner and chef Luke Mackay will be preparing a four-course menu which starts with some Champagne and canapés as a preamble to the dinner.

For more information about this evening and future events, here’s the store’s website.

Chelsea Girl

Brompton Food Market, 33 Thurloe Place, SW7 2HQ. 0207 584 4491.

Every girl knows what she wants for Christmas but what does he want? What do you buy him for Christmas – with just a week to go?

As the queen of last-minute shopping, here are a few ideas which might help:

1. A Sterling Silver Bloody Mary set from Theo Fennell. This collection includes a silver Lea & Perrins sleeve; a silver Tabasco sleeve; a silver Pimms spoon; and a silver 4″ pepper mill. Not only would this silver collection elevate the status of his drinks cabinet but it could help to make his hangover a more manageable experience, if he likes shiny things. 😉

Theo Fennell - Bloody Mary Set

2. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel collection could also be a good choice. The bf loves it and I know plenty of other ladies whose other halves swear by it.

Kiehl's Facial Fuel

3. V&A Membership. The bf received a V&A membership from his folks a few years ago and has had it renewed every year since. I used to go along as his guest on his membership but I loved the perks so much, I got my own. You get to skip queues and walk into every exhibition for free and the members room is also a great place to retreat to when trying to escape the crowds in Knightsbridge. If he loves design exhibitions, this is a great place to invest in for him.

4. Gift Cards may seem like quite a rushed job but if he loves to shop then they can also be a licence to indulge and have fun. Mr Porter offers gift cards as do Harvey Nichols and Harrods. And if he likes going to gigs then a Ticketmaster gift card could also be an option.

5. Boys like their toys and if he loved Olympic cycling or wants to re-live Bradley Wiggins’ winning moments of 2012, then this Micro Scalextric Team GB Track Cycling Velodrome Set could be a winner.

Micro Scalextric Team GB Track Cycling Velodrome Set

And of course, gadgety/tech stuff are always a winner with guys. But each man has his own geek area and like women’s perfume, this can be quite personal or to put it another way, specialised. So I’ll leave this bit up to you.

Do you have any last-minute Christmas shopping ideas to suggest for him? Do let me know in the comment box below.