For a while now I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to post on my YouTube channel especially as you normally find me behind the camera. So when the buzz about 360° video increased a couple of months back I realised exactly what I wanted to vlog.

A sense of place dominates the meaning of my social media so it only made sense that I’d give my readers a taste of what it’s like to be walking around the places I go.

So here is my first 360° video: The Rolling Stones sculptures on Duke of York Square that are part of the exhibition that is opening at Saatchi Gallery on 5th April 2016 and will be running until 4th September 2016.

But before you watch this video and in case you’re a 360° newbie, here are a couple of tips:

*At the time of writing this post, Safari doesn’t support 360° so it’s best to watch this video on either Chrome or YouTube’s app

and,

*When watching the video feel free to look around – that’s the whole point of 360° video. If you keep looking straight on, you’ll miss a lot. But if you want to keep your head still, turn your phone in the direction of where the video is moving. If you don’t, you may end up just watching the road and missing the sculptures in this case.

I hope you enjoy my first upload and if you don’t want to miss the other videos I’ll be posting, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

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Some folks may have already discovered Jacob’s Finest at Duke of York Square’s Fine Food Market. That’s where I found them and since then I’ve personally got to know the wonderful people behind what I consider to be easily the best falafels I’ve tasted in London.

My first encounter with falafels was when I was living in Israel whilst working on a kibbutz during a summer holiday whilst at university. Flash forward to today and while I really love these beauties, I’m a lot more concerned about my diet nowadays. So there isn’t the free for all with my stomach that there used to be. I gave up wheat at the start of this year for instance and I’m also diary intolerant.

But as much as I initially fell for the taste of Jacob’s Finest’s falafels, I’ve only just discovered that they are something I can also enjoy guilt-free. There’s no wheat, dairy, nut or egg. In fact they are allergen free with no additives or preservatives. This of course confuses me slightly because they are so good. Still, I’m not going to complain because a wheat-free diet can be tricky especially when it comes to grabbing lunch.

And this is where Daylesford comes in. The nearest one for me is the store on Pimlico Road …

Daylesford Pimlico Road

… which is gorgeous and has pretty much anything you could want that is tasty and healthy for you.

Daylesford Organic Pimlico Road

Recently they’ve started stocking Jacob’s Finest, which makes me very happy because the other day when I was in need of lunch and I wanted something to go with a salad, I popped in to pick up a box of apple falafels.

Jacob's Finest - great falafels in London

I was planning on taking pics of my lunch but of course I couldn’t wait to dig in. It’s also very exciting to know that I didn’t need to feel daunted by the idea of giving up wheat initially and that in fact the list of tasty wheat-free foods is just growing. 🙂

So if you end up missing Jacob’s Finest on Saturdays at least you know where to go now. I thoroughly recommend them. They are so fine!

Daylesford Organic Pimlico Road

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I’d known about BADA Fair long before I’d visited it for the first time last year. I’ve always regarded this annual event on Duke of York Square as the go-to for the interior design industry as well as individuals who are serious about antiques and fine art. This hasn’t changed. But what is different about BADA Fair 2016 is the recent appointment of Madeleine Williams. I’ve had the privilege of meeting Madeleine over coffee and to say I’m excited about the refreshed energy running through BADA is an understatement.

BADA Fair

I’d also considered BADA Fair as somewhere the OH’s mother goes to pick up a beautiful piece of antique furniture, I hadn’t realised until recently that you’re as likely to come across a Warhol or even a Banksy as you are a piece of Victorian jewellery or antique rug. Looking around you really get a feel that you are amongst the best.

BADA Fair

I had to take a snapshot of this parrot because it made me think of the man with the two macaws always on his shoulders as he walks around Chelsea and Fulham.

BADA Fair

Beaux Arts London also impressed me last year and I had to make a beeline for their stand this year. I find their Modern British sculptures both striking and beautiful and their paintings exciting. There’s a fresh perspective on the world when you discover the artists here.

BADA Fair

Each time I visit (and I’ll certainly be popping in again before BADA Fair ends for another year on March 15th), I discover another beautiful gem, striking painting or stylish piece of furniture. So my advice when planning a visit is to give yourself some time to browse and take in the exquisite details. If you love antiques, fine art or design you will be in for an indulgent treat.

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On the penultimate weekend before Christmas, the OH and I took Little Man to meet Santa on Duke of York Square. This wasn’t his first visit but this is the first year he’s understanding the buzz around Christmas – and he now knows who Santa is. Last year it was just all about the twinkly lights, which of course is one of the reasons why this is my favourite time of the year in Chelsea.
Duke of York Square Christmas Tree

Much to my delight and relief, Little Man listened carefully to Santa who talked about his journey around the world on Christmas Day. It was the quietest Little Man had been all day and it was a real delight to see him soak up the festive spirit. I also love what he’s asking for Christmas – of all the toys and books that he adores, he’s asking for a foodie treat from Santa: an ice cream cupcake. 🙂

Duke of York Square Santa's Grotto

After visiting Santa we strolled through Duke of York Square, past more twinkling lights and across Sloane Square to …

Sloane Square Christmas Lights

… Côte. This was my very first visit to a Côte restaurant which we chose out of convenience in terms of location and because I found out they had a kids menu. Plus, we are always in Comptoir Libanais and I thought maybe we could have a little change.Cote Sloane Square

The interior is so much bigger than I’d imagined. Adjoined to Sloane Square Hotel, the restaurant stretches round to make it more than three times the size of what you see from the street.

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As we waited for our food to arrive, I did some people watching as Little Man and OH took a stroll around. There was a real mix of diners here: locals and guests staying at the hotel. It had a very relaxing atmosphere which I really liked.

Cote Sloane Square

Eventually the food arrived and …

Cote Sloane Square

… with his beer, the OH had a ribeye steak that he ordered rare.

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I had the pork belly dish with some potato dauphinoise, which I realised is very similar to the dish I ordered two restaurant visits ago. I clearly need to be a tad more adventurous with my food. Though I must point out, I loved the succulence of this version. The meat was so soft. Gorgeous.

Cote Sloane Square

Little Man had sausages and mash which he enjoyed too.

For dessert, OH had the crème brûlée … Cote Sloane Square… whilst I had the apple tart with a glass of dessert wine.

Cote Sloane Square

Little Man had some ice cream but ended up stealing most of the crème brûlée instead.

After a satisfying meal, we ventured back outside and into the land of the twinkling lights. And for this reason I would recommend grabbing a bite to eat on Sloane Square or Duke of York Square. This is such a beautiful time of the year in Chelsea. Soak it up while you can.

Cote Sloane Square

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This morning saw the unveiling of a very exciting visitor to Duke of York Square. Children and locals gathered around as press set up around them. Travels to my Elephant: Tara arrives on Duke of York Square

First there was some storytelling for the children. An excerpt from Travels to my Elephant which was penned by the late Mark Shand whose charity Elephant Family is the focus for all the Asian elephant love in Chelsea and around London at the moment.Travels to my Elephant: Tara arrives on Duke of York Square

You may have already seen the rickshaws around London. Their eye-catching flamboyance, the result of work by designers such as Caroline Herrera and Zandra Rhodes who designed The Capital Hotel’s rickshaw below.
Travels to my Elephant: Tara arrives on Duke of York Square

These rickshaws will be transporting passengers around London until the end of July after which they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Elephant Family. After the auction they will be raced across to India. Some of the drivers already confirmed include Susan Sarandon, Yasmin and Amber Le Bon, TRH Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

This morning HRH Duchess of Cornwall arrived to unveil Tara.
Travels to my Elephant: Tara arrives on Duke of York Square

Here is Tara. Isn’t she lovely?

Travels to my Elephant: Tara arrives on Duke of York Square

HRH Duchess of Cornwall also spoke to local school children …
Travels to my Elephant: Tara arrives on Duke of York Square

… and stepped into one of the rickshaws herself.

Travels to my Elephant: Tara arrives on Duke of York Square

Beside Tara, there is Ella-phant and Maclaren are sponsoring a competition to find a design for this baby elephant, which children can enter by posting their designs into this post box below.Travels to my Elephant: Tara arrives on Duke of York Square

The hashtag for this wonderful campaign is #travelstomyelephant. So if you do visit Tara or if you see one of Elephant Family’s rickshaws around London, please use the hashtag to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian elephants. Because as the Elephant Family’s website informs us, “over the last 100 years, [the Asian elephant’s] population has plummeted by 90% and if current trends continue, Asian elephants will cease to exist in the wild by 2050′.

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