UPDATE: Congratulations to Chelsea’s winners:

Most Loved Local Cinema: Chelsea Curzon

Most Loved Local Culture Spot: Saatchi Gallery

Most Loved Local Club or Party: Maggie’s

Most Loved Local Bar or Pub: The Sporting Page

Most Loved Music Venue: 606 Club

Most Loved Local Shop: Green and Stone

Most Loved Local Restaurant: Wulf & Lamb

Most Loved Local Brunch Spot: The Ivy Chelsea Garden

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Except for brief stints in Israel, the US and France, I’ve spent my whole life living in London. There really isn’t anywhere in the world I’d rather live. London is a city I love. It’s home.

So when Time Out’s Love London Awards are back on the radar I’m always interested to see who gets the votes. And because Chelsea is where I have spent most of my life, I am particularly keen on reading about the local hotspots round here.

When I think about my favourite restaurant I would have to say Sophie’s Steakhouse; it’s a home away from home. The staff are always so friendly and welcoming; their tuna steak salad is a favourite; it’s a great place for cocktails or for a family meal with the little one. In fact the list is endless and I consider Sophie’s to be a local institution.

As for my favourite local brunch spot, while I love Sophie’s, I have to also mention Granger & Co. I could sit here all day, people watching and soaking up the beautiful interior. And when the weather is warmer and the terrace is open their outdoor seating in Pavilion Road’s courtyard is a dream.

But what about coffee spots? That’s an interesting one with more new places popping up. But my vote has to go to The Roasting Party on Pavilion Road for quality coffee and great service. I also love their airy upstairs for somewhere to go to.

Time Out’s Love London Awards have several more categories that include (I’ve added my favourites alongside):

  • Local late-night spot – Brinkley’s on Hollywood Road
  • Local place to drink in the sun – Chelsea Farmers’ Market on Sydney Street. Great music, atmosphere and when the sun is shining, the best place to be in Chelsea.
  • Local bar/pub – Hollywood Arms on Hollywood Road
  • Local music venue – Cadogan Hall on Sloane Terrace
  • Local park – Battersea Park
  • Local club/party – Barts on Sloane Avenue
  • Local LGBTQ hangout – Sadly I think the only LGBT pub in Chelsea has now closed down. I might be wrong; please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions.
  • Local culture spot – Saatchi Gallery at Duke of York Square
  • Local landmark – Sloane Square
  • Local shop – Partridges at Duke of York Square

What I love about Love London Awards is it gives us a chance to celebrate local businesses. The ones I have mentioned are just a few I love. I could have also easily mentioned Rabbit, Wulf & Lamb, Hagen or Bread Ahead. In terms of food and drink the last couple of years in Chelsea have been very exciting.

Voting has already opened and will close on 10th April 2018. The winners will be announced on 2nd May 2018.

So if you fancy supporting your local, you can vote here.

I have just come across this video (below) of Baz Lurhmann’s photo shoot for The Hollywood Reporter and I just had to share it. I am so so excited for this film and I really hope it is as good as Lurhmann’s best works.

To say I wasn’t keen on Australia is an understatement. I still haven’t been able to watch it ’til the end, let alone get to its halfway point.

But The Great Gatsby? It has to be good, right?

(Video link)

By the way, if you are looking to hang out somewhere that oozes inspiration from The Great Gatsby era whilst you wait for the movie to come out, why don’t you have a read of my post on The Wellesley Hotel? It is a truly gorgeous place to listen to some jazz and sip cocktails (as well as have a cigar).

Hurrah, it’s March 1st and officially spring! As we count down to Easter, here are my five don’t miss tips for the month …

1. If you’re looking to add some springtime pieces to your wardrobe, Designer Sales UK will be at the Chelsea Old Town Hall until tomorrow (Saturday 2nd March). I wrote a post about this sale which has up to 90% discounts off designer labels and which you can read about here.

Designer Sales UK at Chelsea Old Town Hall2. It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 10th March and the folks at The Botanist have put together a special package: The Lazy Boy’s guide to Mother’s Day, which includes a 3-course lunch with a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne at £45. But if you need a little extra help, the flower (lunch) package includes a bouquet of flowers; a box of Hotel Chocolat chocolate; and that all-important Mother’s Day card waiting for her at the restaurant, for £50.

3. If you missed Cirque Du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall, Curzon Chelsea is showing Worlds Away 3D on 9th March. Nothing can ever replace the live experience but this could very much be the next best thing and you’ll be close-up to all the action. Find out more here.

4. The David Bowie is exhibition kicks off at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 23rd March. And whilst it runs until 11th August, I’d recommend booking your tickets sooner rather than later. Or maybe it’s just me but I keep missing out on exhibitions unless I book in advance. Of course, if you’re a member of the V&A, you don’t need to book. 🙂 Find out more about the exhibition here.

5. And finally, if you’re looking for an Easter Egg Hunt, the King’s Road-way, the Bluebird will be running theirs on March 23rd. For further details and to find out what else is happening at the Bluebird in March, here is their events calendar.

Earlier today I popped into DSUK’s latest sales at the Chelsea Old Town Hall to have a look around.

DSC_0166(1)I’m not sure how long DSUK have been running their events on the King’s Road but I’ve seen their banner outside the Chelsea Library building many times as I’ve wandered past.

To give you some background, DSUK offers huge discounts on designer stock for menswear and womenswear. With this sale they include Autumn/ Winter stock as well as new arrivals for Spring/ Summer 2013. Labels include Martin Margiela, See by Chloe, Armani, Belstaff, Equipment and Moschino amongst many others, with up to 90% off retail prices. You can also find vintage accessories and clothes whilst looking through the racks.

And to give you an idea of what’s on offer, here are just a few of my favourite picks from today:

DESIGNER SALES UK - Chelsea Old Town Hall

DESIGNER SALES UK - Chelsea Old Town Hall

DESIGNER SALES UK - Chelsea Old Town Hall

DESIGNER SALES UK - Chelsea Old Town Hall

DESIGNER SALES UK - Chelsea Old Town Hall

DESIGNER SALES UK - Chelsea Old Town HallDESIGNER SALES UK - Chelsea Old Town HallThere are also more conservative styles to pick from as well as party dresses, jeans, warm jackets and jewellery. If you have a careful look around, there’s probably something for everyone.

The sale will be running during the following dates/times: Thursday 28th February: 12noon – 8pm; Friday 1st March: 11am – 7pm; Saturday 2nd March: 11am – 6pm. For further information and future dates, see DSUK’s website.

*QMS Medicosmetics’ spa on Cadogan Gardens has moved. For spa treatments in London, you can either visit Grace Belgravia or Liberty London. 

Since I started swimming again and because of the inconsistent weather we are having, my skin seems to be suffering a little. Windy cold weather outdoors and turned up central heating indoors, mixed with an unhealthy dose of chlorine means that my skin has been quite dehydrated recently. So as I popped along to QMS Medicosmetics to review one of their facials, I already knew that they would have quite a task.

Located off the King’s Road, opposite Peter Jones’s side entrance on Cadogan Gardens, QMS Medicosmetics’ almost futuristic interior can be found in one of the most traditional terraced buildings in Chelsea. Visually speaking, the spa’s location mirrors the technology of its products that have been developed with care and attention over time; a juxtaposition of the past and the future.

QMS MedicosmeticsOn Friday afternoon, I visited the spa to have a Deep Cleansing Intense Treatment with the added QMS Medicosmetics Oxygen Concentrator.

QMS Medicosmetics The first step was to cleanse and tone my skin, followed by an exfoliation. But there was no abrasive action on my skin. Instead an exfoliant fluid was used with fruit acids. I had had a similar procedure performed on my face at the Red Door Salon at Saks 5th Avenue (New York City) a few years ago; even the odour of the fluid was familiar. But that’s where comparison to any facial I’ve ever had ends.

The foundation of QMS Cosmetics’s products is based on the works of its innovator, Dr. med. Erich Schulte, who has developed collagen enhancing technology for his regenerative skincare range.

QMS MedicosmeticsThis meant that by the end of my treatment, my face was hopefully going to feel hydrated and nourished as if winter had passed me by without barely touching my skin. Or so I hoped. 😉 It also meant that the skincare medical products that were going to be used on my skin were engineered from revolutionary techniques that evolved from Dr. med. Erich Schulte’s work as a cosmetic surgeon.

My facial involved deep cleansing with the aid of a steam machine as well as an algae face mask that helped to lift the deeply rooted impurities from my skin. Following a few extractions, oxygen was then blown over my skin; the subtle odour made this procedure feel more pleasurable than medical. And after almost 75-minutes, day collagen serum was applied.

When I left the spa and its friendly staff, my skin did feel fresh and regenerated. But it wasn’t really until the next day that I could appreciate the full ‘glow’. I feel like my skin has been rehabilitated and I’m more determined than ever to keep my skin nourished through the remaining weeks of winter that we have left. Let’s hope spring comes soon!

QMS Medicosmetics, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London, SW3 2TB, 020 7730 8090.

*The treatment was complimentary for the purpose of the review.*

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