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.

So Megan’s has opened up a new deli/restaurant further along the King’s Road, towards the Chelsea Town Hall. And at first I wasn’t so sure if this was a wise decision because there are some addresses on the King’s Road that seem to be perpetually having new businesses move in and months later move out: Megan’s had sprung up at one of these units.

Megan's Deli and RestaurantBut when I popped in to try out Megan’s new venue, I realised that my superstitions were obviously invalid. Megan’s new location was busy, busier than the fromagerie which had been here beforehand. Locals and passers-by knew exactly where to find Megan’s new address.

Megan's Deli and RestaurantHere, the food which you can order to take-away from the deli counter or to eat at a table include salads and quiches.

Megan's Deli and Restaurant

Megan's Deli and RestaurantOr you can order from the brunch and lunch menu …

Megan's Deli and RestaurantThe cakes are also very yummy…

Megan's Deli and RestaurantAnd I love the attention to detail with the décor …

Megan's Deli and RestaurantAlong this strip of the King’s Road, you are quite spoilt for choice with Le Pain Quotidien and Gail’s Bakery only doors away. But if you are looking for somewhere that has a more personal/less chainy feel whilst producing food that is freshly made each day, with good ingredients, I wholeheartedly recommend that you check out Megan’s. It’s a bonafide local gem. x

So it’s January and you’re trying to be good and keep it dry. But it’s getting boring and these gloomy days are not helping. Sorry this isn’t the most optimistic introduction to my cocktails post but the permanent tinge of grey in the morning sky is really starting to become tedious and I cannot wait for spring to arrive!

For me the best way to beat the winter blues is through plenty of exercise for those endorphin hits and keeping my body fuelled with lots of fruit and vegetables. But you don’t have to live the life of a saint to keep feeling good. After all, booze has medicinal purposes too. It’s been at least a couple of years since I’ve felt fluey for more than 24 hours thanks to the ‘nipping it in the bud’ approach of two hot toddies before bedtime. It never fails.

But back to January. From 7th of this month until 10th February 2013, The Botanist will be serving up a range of cocktails designed for balanced goodness. They include (with benefits):

Lemon Aid, which is a blend of apricot-infused Tanqueray and white tea syrup. Apricots are rich in potassium, known to oxygenate the brain and stimulate the kidneys whilst white tea syrup is found to lower cholesterol and decrease blood pressure.

Green Business involves a mix of vodka; fresh cucumber; basil; and spirulina powder. Spirulina powder is a dietary supplement rich in B12 which protects the liver from toxic substances and helps build more red blood cells.

Hazy Days involves a blitz of Tanqueray gin; green apple liqueur; fresh ginger; and the superfood sun-dried goji berries. Goji berries are packed with more vitamin C than oranges, more iron than steak and more beta-carotene than a carrot whilst fresh Ginger helps alleviate cold and flu symptoms.

The Botanist Cocktail
The cocktails are £8.50 each and don’t forget there is also The Botanist’s food bar menu. The soft shell burger is sooo good! Enjoy! x

Happy New Year everyone and apologies for the delay in uploading this post. I’ve been on holiday and upon returning I discovered that my blog was down. All seems back to normal so here are my top five don’t miss suggestions for January 2013. Let’s start as we mean to go on on!

1. The Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A ends on 27th January 2013. For any movie fan, this is a must-see. Not only do you get to admire iconic costumes which defined your favourite screen characters but you are also presented with an insight into the creative process through which these costumes were conceived. From excerpts of screenplays to multimedia presentations of actors and directors talking between themselves, I would recommend giving yourself time to move between the displays. There is a lot to take in!

Hollywood Exhibition

2. More vintage Hollywood. Bob Willoughby: The Silver Age of Hollywood exhibition at Proud Chelsea ends on 13th January 2013. To find out why I think this exhibition is unmissable, have a read of my review post here.

3. You don’t believe in Dry January? Then don’t miss out on Embargo’s Season 1 – Episode 2: What exams night on 8th January 2013! Click here to find out more details.

4. There’s nothing better to help a girl get through the January blues than by feeling pampered. This month (and next), The Hand and Foot Spa are offering 25% savings on their Spa and Luxury Manicure and Pedicure treatments. The offer applies from Monday to Wednesday only.

5. If you cycle and live in Kensington & Chelsea, don’t miss your chance to have your say about cycling events and campaigns you’d like to see in the area. Bikeminded, who were responsible for the fabulous cupcake cycle tour and the styling Pinterest competition in conjunction with Harrods, will be running a focus group on 23rd January 2013 and they are looking for locals to take part. If you do, you will receive a cash thank you for your time. See Bikeminded’s blog for more info!

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The last couple of weeks have been huge for various reasons and I hope to share them in time. But this has also meant that a Don’t Miss in December 2012 post is missing from my blog, which I guess isn’t such a bad thing. With so much going on this month, I’ll be able to write more focused posts with plenty more tips than my usual top five.

So first up, New Year’s Eve. Being one of the biggest parties of the year, New Year’s Eve needs serious consideration of course. So here is a list of what’s going on in the Royal Borough, which I’ll be adding to over the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any party tips for the area, feel free to leave them in the comment box below.

Have fun picking your NYE venue!

86 are going to be turning their venue into a circus! *scroll down for latest update*

See website for further details

See website for further details

 See website for further details

UPDATE:

Sand's End New Year's Eve

The Sands End are cooking a pig and with feasting tables. Three-courses at £45 per head, the pub will be open until 2am, and they only have one more table available for 9 people. Call up now if you don’t want to miss out! (020 7731 7823)

The Hollywood Arms New Year's Eve

Dukebox New Year's Eve

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