The November Issue

Hello there!

We hope you enjoyed October, below are some things for you to enjoy this November.

Alice and Olivia xxx

VISITING

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Known internationally as the creator of the Moomin characters and books, this exhibition reintroduces Finnish artist Tove Jansson, and provides an insight into her prolific career. On show are 150 of Jansson’s works including a selection of self-portraits, paintings and graphic illustrations never seen before in the UK.

25th October 2017 to 28th January 2018

EATING

Little Bird

I am a big fan of this cocktail bar and restaurant at 1 Battersea Rise – the cocktails are excellent (try the Lychee Blush Martini if you like something sweet yet tangy), and they do half price cocktails before 7pm Monday to Friday, so it is an excellent place for after work drinks.  The food is really good, it’s ‘Asian inspired’ and the sharing plates are a decent size. I also love the decor – palm tree wall paper and fun tropical cushions, but not too garish. Definitely give it a try.

INDULGING

Humble Grape

This little wine bar on Battersea Rise (opposite Little Bird, ok I have been exploring my new locals), is super cosy and just has a great atmosphere. We had a ‘Flight’ of wines – four small glasses, two reds and two whites. The staff are all incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, with lots of good tips. It was a superb way to spend a Friday evening rather than just sharing a bottle with friends, we tasted lots and learnt lots. I really liked the Quinta Edmun do Val Reserva, 2011, Minho, Portugal – a ‘winter white wine’ fit for people who say they ‘only drink red wine’.  You can also just go along for a couple of drinks and they do food too, but make sure you book.

WEARING

Christopher Raeburn

This British designer has a unique and innovative approach to clothes designs. Famous for his re-appropriation of military fabrics and particularly for his outerwear which have been created from de-commissioned parachutes, his pieces certainly are worth the investment. Stylish, practical, unique & environmentally friendly what more could you ask for?

DRESSING UP IN

Luna Mae London

We all need better underwear (sorry M&S), and Luna Mae London offers a personalised bespoke service which celebrates and considers your unique requirements.  Focusing on the engineering of the bra, Luna Mae’s beautiful pieces are designed to sculpt, support and enhance the wearers silhouette. Just what’s needed.

READING

Dr Nespo by Peter Vaughan

A short story full of intrigue, Peter Vaughan takes us on curious journey, travelling the world with this mysterious doctor and deciphering clues. But who actually is Dr Nespo?

WATCHING

Murder on the Orient Express

Because it’s Agatha and Poirot combined with Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Olivia Colman, Penelope Cruz and so many more. I can’t wait to see this rendition of one of Agatha Christie’s best known murder mysteries on the big screen – it’s all about seeing it in the cinema.

Released in the UK 3rd November

LISTENING TO

London Choral Sinfonia

A professional chamber-sized choir and instrumental ensemble, led by leading choral conductor Michael Waldron, the London Choral Sinfonia has a varied repertoire encompassing well-known major works and new compositions. They are a joy to listen to (I don’t have a long attention span), and I thoroughly enjoyed their most recent concert Baroque Masterpieces.  Book early to enjoy their Christmas Festival including familiar carols and Christmas tunes in new and exciting arrangements.

Christmas Festival, Sunday 17th December, St John Smith Square

GIVING

Not Another Bill

Set up by Ned Corbett-Winder (former Art Director at M&C Saatchi), this gifting service collaborates with independent and up-and-coming designers, to bring unique presents to your letterbox each month – a romantic concept that he describes as ‘making letterboxes a more magical place’. Whether for yourself or for a loved-one, this is certainly a subscription to sign up to.

FOLLOWING

Krafty Mare

Katie Dent is a young mother from Scotland with a passion for crafting.  Follow her blog Krafty Mare, and discover new crafts and life hacks with her, from her current craft projects, to time saving tips  around the home and kitchen, and occasional yummy recipes. If any of her crafting takes your fancy she is happy to make things to order, I love this beautiful dog and pheasant embroidery.

& OUTSIDE LONDON

Spirits of Scone

And as it is Halloween tomorrow, and if you are in Scotland, you need to be attending Spirits of Scone for a spine-tingling night of super fun. With some truly gruesome characters from Scottish history being brought back to life, blood curdling stories inspired by local folklore and of course ghoulishly hot and tasty food, you are in for a real fright.