The Summer Exhibition 2018

The Summer Exhibition 2018

The Royal Academy have, for their 250th Anniversary, pulled out the big guns for the Summer Exhibition, the centre piece of the RAs calendar. This year (the 249th summer exhibition) Grayson Perry RA, and his female alter ego Clair, has taken the curatorial mantle to create what is the most original, creative and witty Summer…

3&6

3&6

The newest addition to the drink and dining options at Fortnum & Mason is the 3’6 Bar (Three and Six Bar), found on the third floor by the Gentleman’s Department. This cocktail bar is wonderfully relaxed with its antique globes, books and fun fair table top toys. The name is derived from Fortnum’s 1930s home…

Il Vicolo

Il Vicolo

Tucked away down Crown Passage, a narrow hickledy pickledy ally running off Pall Mall parallel to St James’s Street, among the pubs, Davy’s Wine Bar, tailor and sandwich shops, is an Italian restaurant named Il Vicolo. Family run for some 20 years now, and listed in the Michelin Guide many times, it’s an unsung and…

Rochelle Canteen at the ICA

Rochelle Canteen at the ICA

On The Mall and tucked under Carlton Terrace butting up against the Duke of York steps, you’ll find the Institute of Contemporary Art. Not a gallery that will interest all, its exhibits are exceptionally modern. Among the works they have shown are performance art, films, and an old cathode ray TV showing static in a…

Ole & Steen

Ole & Steen

Founded in Denmark in 2008, but with its roots stretching back over 20 years, 2016 finally saw Ole & Steen open up shop in London. From their first store in the new St James’s Market, they now have four more locations, including Canary Warf and the Nova development in Victoria, with plans for a further…

Avenue

Avenue

Avenue on St James’s Street has been one of those places I’ve been dining at since it first opened. I was a kid and going regularly for lunch with the family after visiting the RA just up the road on Piccadilly; the Sunday roast beef and Yorkshire pudding was just superb. As often happens with…