Mads About Town

A REN Massage at The Angelica Retreat, Islington

Angelica Retreat Islington

Have you ever struggled to stay awake during a massage? I’m told it’s quite commonplace. Not for me; as you may have gathered from previous pieces, I babble on to my detriment and will often emerge from a massage with slightly softened muscles and a whole lot of autobiographical information Read more →

Heavenly Hampshire: The Four Seasons Hotel Review

The Four Seasons Bathroom

Visiting the Four Seasons in Hampshire, one is struck by two things: the mere hour it takes to get there from central London, and how very, very far from the capital it seems. The latter point is down to the surrounding greenery. Time seemed to bend to the majesty of Read more →

The Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Sanderson Hotel

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson sure looks pretty. Surveying the table, there’s an array of treats that pay homage to Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland laid out before us; marshmallow toadstools, little chocolate cups filled with green tea infused mousse, crystal bottles containing novelty Read more →

A Holistic Facial with Marie Reynolds: Review

Marie Reynolds

Just when I thought I’d tried every kind of treatment that exists, Marie Reynolds walked into my life. Or, rather, I walked into her treatment room on the second floor of Fortnum & Masons, where she is part of their Beauty a la Carte team. All I knew of Marie Read more →

A St. Tropez Spray Tan/Being Nude in Public

Nudity in Spas

Moments of embarrassment in the field of testing treatments have all but vanished. I am now used to being prodded and poked in the attempt to make me more pulchritudinous by those with all manner of expertise. The fact that they are often privy to bodies that are a little Read more →

The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz

The Ritz London

The Ritz is practically a metonym for glamour, eliciting mental images of shameful decadence and outrageous extravagance. While the Rivoli Bar does nothing whatsoever to undermine the sense of awe the hotel in which it’s housed inspires, I’d like to present you with a different Ritz-related episode from my humble Read more →

Kiss Kiss

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl

by Roald Dahl. When I picked this up, I was expecting this collection of short stories that contained gruesome turns with grizzly ends for characters. I was not, however, expecting the macabre, sinister tone that permeated the tales – they are frighteningly dark and stay lodged in the imagination long Read more →

Homely Luxury at The Bel & The Dragon, Surrey

Bel & Dragon in Churt

In order for me to recommend a hotel, I consider two things to be vital: the sense of being at home, and the wow factor. Whether the latter comes from the food, the spa or the decor, getting excited about the stay is integral to the whole experience feeling like Read more →

Review: Jones & Payne, St. Martin’s Lane

Jones & Payne St. Martin's Lane

If you think most hair salons are snooty and find a more welcoming environment preferential, Jones & Payne is just the ticket. The brainchild of Stewart Payne and hairdresser Ricky Lee Jones, the new (ish – it opened in October) St. Martin’s Lane branch of the Shoreditch salon meets their Read more →

For the Love of Islington

Frederick's Islington

Two weeks ago, I was asked by a friend to move into her pied-à-terre in order to care for her cat while she skied. Though said cat was immensely shy and resisted even a friendly stroke, I was won over by her looks, so I packed up my goods and Read more →