Post-lockdown pick-me-ups

Need a little cheering up post-lockdown?  Here are some things that you definitely don’t want to miss out on:

Two top pop-up shops: Wyse and The Daily Dress Edit Virtual Pop-up Shop 
A big lockdown success, Wyse is our go-to for great cardigans, dresses and dungarees.  From 20th – 27th April, they are having a pop-up at 190 – 192 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH, Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5.30pm and Sunday: 11am – 5pm.  And another dress go-to, Isabel Spearman of Daily Dress Edit is back with another virtual Pop-up launching on the 2nd May with 28 dresses from 28 small British brands, many of which are specially made for the sale.  Here is a sneak peak at Isabel in a yellow stripe dress by  @seraphina_london. Sign up to Isabel’s newsletter for all the pop-up details.

Petersham Nurseries: the Book
Petersham Nurseries by the Boglione Family (out 20th May) is the beautifully illustrated story of how 20 years ago the Boglione family bought the small plant nursery behind their home near Richmond.  Now with two outposts, the additional one in Covent Garden, and numerous restaurants and shops, the whole family are now involved and here they reveal their top recipes, styling tips and behind-the-scenes tales.

Clara Luciani: soundtrack of the summer

Clara Luciani’s second album, Coeur, is released 11th June 2021 and we’re going to be playing it on repeat – think Francoise Hardy crossed with Lana del Ray.  A muse for one of our favourite clothing brands, La Veste, she recorded a single, Summer Wine, with boyfriend Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand last year.   Check out her first single La Reste from the album here.

Sample Sales are back
There will be shoes and boots in sizes 36 – 42 at the Penelope Chilvers sample sale at their Duke Street store from 22nd – 26th April.  Tickets cost £5 which you can buy here. Don’t miss up to 80% off the Whistles, Hobbs and Jigsaw‘s Warehouse Clearance sale, 10am – 6pm on 23rd – 24th April at Chiswick Town Hall. Chinti & Parker have teamed up with My Wardrobe HQ and are hosting a sample sale at their shop at 30 Elizabeth Street, SW1W from April 23rd for one week only with up to 80% off various styles. Get up to 90% off at the Erdem sale, 8am – 8pm on 28th – 29th April  at The Music Rooms, South Molton Street, W1. And finally, Stella McCartney (below) is from 6th – 7th May at Arlettie, 13 – 14 Margaret Street, W1 – book here.


Jeremy Deller’s Bouncy Stonehenge at Oakley Court Hotel
This hotel near Windsor, Berkshire has a dreamy setting on the River Thames and has just been completely renovated by Alex Eagle.  Whilst the adults might like to play tennis or have a cryotherapy session in the spa, the kids can bounce away on Jeremy Deller’s ‘Sacrilege’ an inflatable bouncing replica of Stonehenge which is being installed this summer.

The best al-fresco dining to book now
One of our favourite indoor restaurants, The Palomar, is hosting a pop-up terrace from 17th May – 20th June.  Book online here. Fortnum and Mason‘s al fresco dining at The Royal Exchange is now open for weekday lunch and dinner with bookings for up to six people, book here, Inspired by the seafronts at Padstow, Whitstable and Southwold, The Berkeley Hotel have opened five rainbow coloured seaside huts (below) serving seafood, ice cream and cocktails for breakfast 7.30-10am and then midday until 9.30pm.  Book here.  Three newcomers of note: Eataly’s La Terrazza di Eataly opens 29th April but you can book now for the outside terrace at 135 Bishopsgate.  Book here. Browns’ first restaurant Native at it’s new flagship store has a lovely outdoor courtyard that is completely hidden away in Mayfair.  Book here.  And Chameleon is offering a Tel Avivian style al-fresco dining experience in God’s Garden at Number 1 Marylebone (the old church) which opens Friday 23rd April.  Book here. If the weather is inclement then head to Brat’s London Field’s branch where a marquee and heaters will give you shelter (don’t miss out on their excellent cheesecake).  Book here. And don’t forget about those restaurants which might be off the beaten track but are well worth the visit: Ham Yard Hotel (which has both a rooftop terrace and ground floor outside dining), Rochelle Canteen and The River Cafe.

Secret London Walks
Can’t wait to get away? Go on holiday in London with the aid of Secret London Walks who will take you to places you’ve never been (even if you’ve grown up in London) telling brilliant stories along the way. We tried the Mayfair tour this week that started by the statue in Piccadilly Circus – actually Anteros not Eros – continuing along Piccadilly, up Burlington Arcade weaving around New Bond Street dipping inside churches we’d never noticed and ending up at Brown Hart Gardens. Tours are run by wonderful raconteur Charlie Alexander, blue badge guide and husband of Jam Jar Flowers’ founder Melissa Richardson. They cost £40 and the group is never more than 6 people. Book via Instagram DM.

Post-lockdown pick-me-ups
— Francesca
21st April 2021