Spring is finally here and as the countdown to Easter begins with the idea of new life being celebrated through endless forms of mouthwatering chocolate, another renaissance has taken place on King’s Road.

The Imperial Arms has had new life breathed into it and one of the last remaining original Victorian pub buildings has been resurrected to a whole new level.

Comfort and style run throughout the pub; making it a very pleasant place to dine. I love the spacious feel and the less awkward layout which I remember from the past.

On top of The Imperial Arms’ impressive makeover the pub’s food, which includes classic dishes, a vegan menu and a breakfast menu, it has James Barlow at the helm of the pub’s team of chefs. Barlow’s experience includes London’s Soho House and Fig & Olive restaurant in New York.

When I popped in for lunch last week I started with the crab and crayfish samosas with mango, chilli and coriander which I absolutely loved.

The OH had the veal carpaccio with mustard caper emulsion, pine nuts and basil.

For main and probably because I was recovering from a horrid cold, I decided to go for a classic; beer battered cod and chips with minted pea purée and tartare sauce which I really enjoyed. There was a lovely twist to the fish which made me feel I wasn’t being too predictable.

The OH also felt like having a classic for lunch so he went for the prime beef burger with raclette cheese, chipotle mayo and beer candied bacon with fries and slaw. He also added a fried egg to his burger. I admit I couldn’t resist a bite and it went down very well.

For dessert we shared the rhubarb on shortbread which was the perfect way to end such a lovely meal.

I’ve visited The Imperial Arms under various ownerships since starting my blog and I do think the new owners have got it right with the food, interior and their very lovely team.

The Imperial Arms, 577 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW6 2EH

We were guests of The Imperial Arms.

There’s a lot of buzz around Salon Sloane‘s hair stylists and colourists but there’s another reason to step inside Chelsea’s most stylish hair salon and her name in Lanh.

Lanh is Salon Sloane’s amazing manicurist who is very much in demand. Before Christmas I popped in to see Ivan and was treated to a complimentary manicure by Lanh, which I absolutely loved. So, I wanted to give you a chance to get to know Lanh more so you can see just how special she is.

I asked Lanh a few questions …

What is your manicure background? I grew up in a family of beauticians; all four sisters are beauticians. I started helping out when I was 13 years old; training and learning about the business. During my 25 years experience with 4 years London experience working in high end nail bars in Berkeley Square, Mayfair and Chelsea, I became the personal manicurist for Sarah Doukas and her team (founder of Storm Model agency). I was frequently called for editorial work, celebrity and VIP clients.

What do you love about Chelsea? I live in Battersea and I walk across Albert Bridge to get to work via King’s Road. It’s such a beautiful walk with the park and the river view and then there’s the buzz of Sloane Square and King’s Road which is exciting.

What are the current nail trends? Classic short length almond shaped impeccable manicured nails with a perfectly polished glossy finish. The go-to colour this season is the sweetest, softest pale pink nail polish. What I am using right now is OPI Infinite Shine for a gel-like wear and shine.

Can you share some top hand care tips? Treat your hands as you would your skincare routine. Don’t forget to love your hands. Use a natural based sugar and honey scrub for a radiant glow and keep your hands moisturised especially through the winter months.

What type of experience would your clients at Salon Sloane expect? A relaxing tailored service where you will feel looked after and leave with perfect nails.

Salon Sloane, 186 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 2BF

A couple of the greatest pleasures from blogging are the wonderful folks you meet and the experiences you may not have considered if the blogosphere hadn’t introduced them to you. Both coincided a couple of weeks ago when Emma invited me to join her along with Angie and Jen for lunch at Aqua Kyoto.

Located on the fifth floor of a building on Regent Street (its entrance is on Argyll Street) I would never have happened upon Aqua Kyoto by accident.

Its beautiful interior immediately made me feel I’d happened upon a hidden gem in the West End; this definitely isn’t a place you stumble across by accident. And meeting up with three fabulous bloggers isn’t something I get to do every day, so this lunchtime felt like an absolute treat.

We were there to try Aqua Kyoto’s Go Zen lunch menu which won me over instantly. Go Zen is a traditional Japanese meal which includes a selection of seasonal dishes. Aqua Kyoto’s Go Zen bento boxes included 12 meat, fish or vegetable dishes while their Shojin Ryori vegan selection is something that Buddhist monks in Japan are traditionally known for.

After the miso soup, which was very good, the Kyoto Go Zen bento boxes arrived and included wagyu beef, black cod, sushi and seasonal vegetables. To experience the vegan bento box, the four of us shared the Sohjin Go Zen. It’s difficult to say what I enjoyed the most because the whole meal was pure delight. Each dish was beautifully crafted and their flavours were both rich and satisfying.

Dessert was also very special. We had ordered the Chokoraito Delisu and Foresuto Froa between us for a taste and I enjoyed the surprising bursts of flavours from each dish. The Chokoraito Delisu involved smoked chocolate delice, sesame praline, kaki fruit, sorbet and ginger wafers while the Foresuto Froa was created from a ‘forest floor’ yuzu oba leaf cream, almond praline, chocolate and azuki bean paste with sour cherry sorbet.

Japan is a country I hope to visit one day but for now I could happily eat Japanese food all day. And as for the wonderful ladies I dined with, I could catch up with them every day too. So if you’re looking for something new to try Aqua Kyoto’s beautiful Go Zen bento boxes are quite special.

Aqua Kyoto, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB), London W1B 3BR

We were guests of Aqua Kyoto.

When I think about Chelsea various neighbourhood nooks spring to mind; from Sloane Square to ‘The Beach’, close-knit communities are dotted throughout the borough. One of my favourite spots is Walton Street which runs parallel to Brompton Road from just past Sloane Avenue and towards Knightsbridge.

Walton Street has changed quite a bit over the years but there are a few features that remain the same; The Enterprise Bar & Restaurant is one of them. I’ve always walked past this gastropub meaning to go in but the idea of ‘next time’ is something that springs to mind because there’s always tomorrow, isn’t there?

Then one day I was invited to review The Enterprise and when I read the email I realised that ‘tomorrow’ still hadn’t happened and like exhibitions I’ve missed or movies in the cinema I had missed too, it was so easy to take something that is so close by for granted.

And that certainly was the case for The Enterprise.

So the OH and I set a date without our little munchkin and we stepped inside a pub that was buzzing with locals.

With the lively atmosphere and the very welcoming staff, I felt we had come across a local gem.

For lunch we chose the main restaurant menu although by the looks of it, there were plenty of folks enjoying the set lunch menu which did make me wonder what I was missing out on. The hearty looking fish and chips seemed a very popular choice and I now feel like I need to try them.

Returning to our lunch à deux, the OH ordered The Enterprise’s classic tempura of calamari and courgette with a soy, ginger and honey dip which I wish I had ordered. A taster didn’t seem enough.

Instead I had the tuna carpaccio and niçoise salad which was light and delicate.


My starter was followed by the parma wrapped hake and spiced aubergine that came with a red pepper and chorizo purée which I enjoyed alongside french fries.

As for the OH, he ordered the Chicken Milanese that was served with spaghetti pomodoro, slow roasted tomatoes, rocket and parmesan.As for dessert, the OH couldn’t resist the treacle tart with rum mascarpone and raspberries and upon hearing his order I asked for the mini dessert and coffee, which arrived with a quarter slice of the tart and my espresso. I loved it!

Overall, the OH and I had a fantastic time and we both enjoyed our lunch. Meeting Robert, the owner, was also a delight. Every now and again I love indulging in the nostalgia of what Chelsea used to be like; and given The Enterprise has been here for so long, it certainly has stood the test of time. Next time I won’t leave it so long before I visit again and order the fish and chips.

The Enterprise, 35 Walton Street London, SW3 2HU

I would never in a million years have imagined that one day I would be writing a post on a vegan restaurant; the main reason is that I’m a bonafide carnivore who flirted with the idea of becoming a vegetarian in my teenage years. My mother put a stop to that quickly when she roasted a chicken after I broke the news to her.

Flash forward to many years later and one of the restaurants I am most excited about right now is a vegan restaurant called Wulf & Lamb, which is located on Pavilion Road. The secret to its appeal is in its name; the idea being that the wolf and the lamb can eat together. In essence, this restaurant’s plant-based menu is designed to appeal to both meat-eaters and vegans.

And it really does.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a bloggers evening at Wulf & Lamb. I had previously eaten here twice and was already a fan. So it was an absolute delight to have a reason to return so soon after my last visit.

As the (vegan) wine flowed very nicely, the dishes started coming out and soon I realised it was going to be a taster evening where we could try most of the dishes.

The night started with the spicy mango noodles with avocado, green beans, sugar snaps, cucumber, radishes and red pepper; laced with chilli, black sesame seeds, fresh coriander and mint.

Then came one of my favourite dishes, the green coconut curry with sweet potato mash, in-season vegetables, aromatic thai roots, spices and coconut cream, accompanied with jasmine rice. This dish is the perfect comfort food for the colder seasons; each mouthful is packed with the most wonderful flavours.

My other favourite choice from the menu is the chilli non carne which I had tried during the restaurant’s soft launch. This dish was probably tastier than any chilli con carne I have ever had and for the first time I even considered a diet without meat.

The sides were all great …

… and I was very convinced by the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese.

Wulf & Lamb also have two types of burgers: the Wulf Burger and the Spicy Veg Burger.

As the for the dessert menu, I absolutely love the tiramisu made from raw almond cream on a chocolate and nut base, topped with coffee meringue and a decadent brandy and vanilla cashew cream. But it’s the mango and passionfruit cheesecake that continues to wow me. Both are as great as each other yet I still can’t forget the impact the cheesecake made on me when I tried it for the first time. And for someone who is lactose intolerant it’s so great to finally find something I can really enjoy.

Wulf & Lamb is the most recent opening on Pavilion Road but it feels like it’s always belonged here. I have yet to try their oat milk coffee which I hear so much about and their breakfast bar always looks really good. This place is creating a buzz from morning to night and breakfast is definitely next on my list of things to do.

Wulf & Lamb, 243 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP

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