Staycation Spots For Your Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

With blossoming trees and temperatures quickly rising, London transforms into a vibrant and inviting destination, perfect for a staycation this late May bank holiday. As the city bursts into full bloom, its rich history, world-class attractions, and luxurious accommodations offer an ideal backdrop for a rejuvenating escape. Whether you're looking to indulge in gourmet dining, unwind in a sumptuous spa, or simply take in the breathtaking views of the city's iconic landmarks, London's finest hotels provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable staycation. Join us as we explore the best places to experience the ultimate in comfort and elegance in the heart of the capital. 1 Hotel Mayfair Just steps from London's iconic Green Park, 1 Hotel Mayfair combines sustainable luxury with urban sophistication. Built and refurbished from two existing buildings, this eco-friendly haven is dedicated to reducing CO2 emissions and promoting sustainable practices throughout its operations. The hotel’s verdant grounds feature 1300 individual plants, shrubs, and trees, creating a green sanctuary amidst the bustling city. The Skyline One-Bedroom Suite is a serene retreat bathed in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a hint of the city beyond. The suite features handcrafted furniture, cozy corner seating, and a private skyline view of Mayfair. Living walls, reminiscent of carpeted forests, surround a custom-designed filtered water station, with deep timber hues enhancing the biophilic design. Every surface invites a tactile exploration, adding to the suite's tranquil ambiance. Discover the perfect blend of luxury and sustainability at 1 Hotel Mayfair, where every detail is designed to provide a refreshing and rejuvenating experience in the heart of London. Claridge's There is nowhere quite like Claridge’s. The hotel began life in 1856 and soon attracted royal notice. During the 1920s, it became an English institution; an art deco landmark loved by movie stars, statesmen, fashion designers, and global dignitaries. To this day, Claridge’s continues its dedication to service that has made it a byword for luxury. Step into the lobby and prepare to be whisked away to an age of timeless art deco glamour. Whether this is your first visit or you are making another fond return, you will be treated like an old friend. The Lanesborough The Lanesborough, part of the prestigious Oetker Collection and perfectly positioned in the heart of London on Hyde Park Corner, is buzzing with springtime joy as we approach the British Summer Social Season. This iconic hotel offers a plethora of activities for friends, families, foodies, and art enthusiasts alike to enjoy. Explore emerging artist Lucas Console-Verma’s ‘Lost in Time’ contemporary art exhibition in The Lanesborough Grill, or indulge in the third installment of the hotel’s hugely successful Bridgerton afternoon tea. In partnership with Netflix and Shondaland, this special afternoon tea celebrates the highly anticipated third season of the show. The new menu, crafted by Head Pastry Chef Pierre Morvan-Benezet, pays tribute to the key families of Bridgerton Season 3 and the historical 'Lanesborough House,' built in 1825. The Hari Tucked away in the heart of London’s Belgravia, The Hari is a boutique sanctuary for modern travellers and connoisseurs of luxury. Throughout the hotel, guests will find themselves surrounded by impressive collections of artwork that rotate regularly, ensuring a fresh and inspiring atmosphere. The Hari’s 85 rooms and 14 luxury suites feature plush velvet upholstery, marble bathrooms, contemporary art, and stylish furnishings, offering sweeping views over the surrounding area. When it comes to dining, The Hari is home to il Pampero, a chic, modern Italian restaurant serving seasonal dishes such as Artichoke tortelloni with Pecorino fondue, crispy Jerusalem artichoke, and fresh pesto, and Parma ham-wrapped monkfish featuring a saffron & mussel “guazzetto” and cannellini bean cream. For those seeking an evening of frivolous fun, the tiramisu trolley is a must-order! Guests can also while away the hours sipping classic and creative cocktails in the stylish Hari Bar or the elegant Garden Terrace—a hidden indoor-outdoor oasis perfect for enjoying specialty drinks. The Peninsula London The Peninsula London offers an unmatched experience in the heart of Belgravia. With breathtaking views of Hyde Park Corner and Wellington Arch, this newly built hotel seamlessly blends with the heritage architecture of the area. Just steps away from the city's most renowned landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, Harrods, Big Ben, and the Three Royal Parks, guests are perfectly positioned to explore London's iconic attractions. The Peninsula London boasts 190 sun-drenched guest rooms and suites, each masterfully designed by the acclaimed Peter Marino. Guests can indulge in a range of world-class dining options, including Brooklands, where Michelin-starred Chef Director Claude Bosi creates culinary masterpieces. For relaxation, the Peninsula Spa offers a serene retreat, while a luxury retail arcade provides an exclusive shopping experience. NoMad London For an unforgettable staycation this late May bank holiday, consider NoMad London, celebrated as one of the World's 50 Best Hotels. Situated in the historic, grade II-listed Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station in Covent Garden, this remarkable hotel is a collaboration with New York-based interior design studio Roman and Williams. The transformation beautifully honors the 19th-century building's rich history and prime location while exploring the artistic and cultural connections between London and New York. NoMad London perfectly balances classic design with modern luxury in its elegantly comfortable rooms. From the refined Classic rooms to the opulent Magistrate's Suite and the stunning Royal Opera Suite—overlooking the Opera House and offering 750 sq ft of style and seclusion—each space provides a unique and luxurious retreat. Four Seasons Trinity Square Nestled in the heart of the city with breathtaking views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers a gateway to London’s rich history and vibrant present. Renowned for its grandeur inside and out, this luxury hotel is the perfect starting point to explore the thriving city. Experience refined London living in private residences overlooking the London skyline, unwind at the award-winning spa, and savor exquisite dining experiences at the hotel's restaurants. Perfect for an extended stay, family gathering, or private entertaining, Four Seasons provides privacy and space at a landmark address in the City of London. From the magnificent architecture of the façade to the contemporary elegance of the residences, discover an exceptional stay at this historic location.

The Biggest Fashion Moments At Cannes Film Festival 2024

Cannes Film Festival is amongst one of the most prestigious film award ceremonies, and it takes place right after the Met Gala . The star studded festival is spread across an entire week packed with movie premieres, red carpets and events celebrating the big screen. This year on the opening night Meryl Streep was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or, while wearing a full Dior Couture look by Maria Grazia Chiuri - a long white silky gown. This will not be the world stage if Selena Gomez did not attend and make the headlines for one of the best dressed from the event. She wore a stunning Yves Saint Laurent custom gown and paired it with a magnificent Bvlgari necklace depicting two swans meeting in the middle to hold a 20 carat diamond. Rumour has it, this necklace costs an approximate $2.4 million dollars. Anya Taylor-Joy arrived on the 15th of May in a custom gown by Dior Couture, accessorised with a stunning jewellery set by Tiffany & Co. The embellished ball gown designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, featured a corset which beautifully extended into a voluminous gown, paired with Anya's signature red lipstick. Sienna Miller certainly knows how to captivate an audience with a bold look. After making headlines in 2023 appearing in a Schiaparelli voluminous set of a white top with a stunning skirt, showcasing her baby bump; this year she collaborates with the brand once again to present a more relaxed look, wearing cowboy jeans paired with the iconic golden toes shoes, and a tweed jacket with golden lips - a Schiaparelli trademark. Rose Bertram in a hot pink Balmain couture gown, accessorised with Messika jewellery. Vic Carmen Sonne wore a Louis Vuitton mermaid off-shoulder gown with a train.

The Outfits Of The Stars At The Bridgerton Season 3 Premiere In New York

The moment we have all been waiting for - it is time once again to return to the world of Regency London, as Bridgherton is back for a much-anticipated return. The third season premiere took place in New York City on Monday, ahead of the release of the series on Thursday - 16th of May, and many of our favourite faces were in attendance. This season focuses on Penelope Featherington, and her romance with Colin Bridgherton, played by Luke Newton. The two leads were definitely our favourites when it comes to best dressed at the premiere, with Nicola Coughlan wearing an off-the-shoulder white gown with a bold peplum and long, opera-length white gloves plus a bright red lip. Luke Newton was in a red and black patterned tweed jacket paired with black trousers. Coughlan and Newton were not the only ones that were dressed to impress at the premiere, we see Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey posing together. Ashley wore a shimmering strapless silver gown, while Bailey wore a white suit over a sheer white top. Below you will see the looks from the cast and crew at the Bridgerton premiere in New York that we found most interesting. Nicola Coughlan embodied her character and wore a stunning custom gown by Danielle Frankel, paired with opera gloves and emerald earrings that matched the rings she had on top of the gloves. Luke Newton wore a full Versace look - parted ways with the traditional suit oftentimes worn at premieres, he opted in for a tweed black and red jacket with intricate buttons, and a lower cut revealing the white shirt underneath. Simone Ashley was in a shimmery Prada floor-length gown. Jonathan Bailey wore an all-white silky Brioni suit, with a white mesh top and burgundy leather shoes. Shonda Rhimes - the executive producer of the Netflix series, wore a navy Oscar de la Renta gown with floral motifs. Ruth Gemmell embraced the power shoulders in a lovely all black dress with feathery sleeves. Adjoa Andoh wore a black and white sleeveless Safiyaa gown to the premiere. Claudia Jessie appeared in a light blue striped Stella McCartney suit paired with contrasting velvet green platform shoes. Tori Kelly wore a sculptural strapless gown, featuring layers of pleated fabric and a sultry thigh-high slit. Lorraine Ashbourne and Andy Serkis. Lorraine looked stunning in a slim black and white dress, and Andy wore a traditional all-black suit. Bessie Carter was in a sculptural all-black look, with the top of the dress being a bust sculpt and the bottom part extended out in a voluminous dress. Hannah New wore an all-black velvet dress, with a sculpted bust and a low v-line. Sam Phillips opted in for a more traditional look to the premiere, wearing a black suit. Emma Naomi wore a pretty purple gown with organza cape that beautifully draped down her shoulders. Harriet Cains was in a daring black paneled dress that played between revealing and hiding, with patches of see-through mesh. Hannah Dodd wore a corset which revealed a bright blue silky gown underneath. Jessica Madsen wore a black ShuShu/Tong gown to the premiere, with white ruffles revealing underneath, and a bow at the bust.

Gucci Cruise 2025 - London, Tate Modern

Sabato De Sarno takes us home for the Gucci Cruise 2025, presenting his London-inspired collection at one of the most famous art galleries - Tate Modern. Ever since Sabato was appointed the new creative director of the brand, he was tasked with the difficult mission of toning down the brand, while trying to make it more desirable and appealing to stealth wealth. With the earning releases for Gucci this Spring being another 18% lower than the previous quarter, it is making us question whether his take on the iconic brand is what was really needed. The Cruise 2025 collection explores dichotomies. It is set in a highly brutalist building - the Tate Modern, and it mixes a bit of everything, as if Sabato De Sarno is too afraid to bet on any particular movement or style for that matter. We see a plain version of Gucci, as if the house is trying to blend in with everyone else, while trying to find its space in the ever changing market. But Cruise shows were never meant to be this big thing, and our main focus was always on the bags. The first assemble of outfits walking down the runway isn't anything mind-blowing, but when was a Cruise/Resort collection ever of any interest? It caters to a very small market, or at least that is how it would be pitched to investors, if that market even exists. However, it oftentimes comes at a great price for fashion houses, which are forced to fly out celebrities and press to whatever location they've decided to host the event, simply because it falls off-calendar and isn't in a common fashion week location.

Pai Skincare Launches A New Illuminating SPF

Pai Skincare are launching their new British Summer Time Glow SPF 30 and after trying it out we feel like shouting it of the rooftops. The brand calls it the ''cocktail for safely kissed skin''; it is a mineral-based sun screen, heaven for those with sensitive skin. It's vegan, fragrance and cruelty-free, and the incredible glow you get upon applying it is what sold it to me, and the best part - that glow comes from the natural reflective pigments within the cream. Link to the SPF cream here. As someone with outrageously sensitive skin, I can say that there are just a handful of brands that don't cause me breakouts, redness, or dry patches, but Pai definitely hit the right spot - their products actually make a difference, and are yet to cause me an irritation. I met Sarah, the founder of Pai skincare, in the heart of Westfield Shepherd's Bush on a hot late Spring day, and had the opportunity to ask her a few questions and dive into a lovely conversation. Excited over the launch of her new illuminating SPF serum just in time for the Summer, she tells me about the inspiration behind her brand and what helped her get started - the eagerness to create a product which was meant for people with sensitive skin. She deeply cared about the products that she was launching, ensuring they undergo rigorous testing before they are available, as well as, ensuring that the brand remained vegan and cruelty-free (not to mention that most of their packaging is fully recyclable). People with sensitive skin (myself included) often find themselves in situations where big, well-known brands actually either don't work or cause huge irritation and the frustrations Sarah felt, is what led her to establishing Pai Skincare back in 2007. We talked about the importance of wearing SPF creams as well as reapplying them throughout the day especially for prolonged sun-exposure, as well as, the importance of having a focused skincare routine without using hundreds of products. What I found really interesting was that, Pai manufacture all their products in a lab in West London, unlike many other brands which allows them to stay hands on and ensure the quality and consistency. Some products that I have personally tried and absolutely loved include:

From Best To Worst Dressed At The Met Gala 2024

The fashion Olympics took place last night and have the internet shivering with excitement today. Across social media thousands of people are sharing their favourite, and respectably - least favourite outfits from some of the biggest celebrities. The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in Manhattan, New York. It is popularly regarded as the world's most prestigious and glamorous fashion event and social gathering and is known as "fashion's biggest night"; an invitation is highly sought after. To start off on a high, let's look at the top 3 looks of the event: Tyla (left) wore a custom Balmain dress and stole the show. The look perfectly encapsulated the Met's theme of the year - referencing fragility, art and time. The hourglass accessory just added this pinch me moment and through the event, images appeared of her cutting the dress shorter, which made it even more endearing. Elle Fanning (middle) Balmain has taken over the reins of the Met Gala 2024, with yet another stunning artistic creation - a custom gown hand-covered in four layers of resin to create this stunning wet effect, accessorised by two birds which create for a lifting off effect. Zendaya (right) John Galliano is no stranger to a fantastic gown design, and with this one he absolutely blew the competition out of the water. He referenced his own 90s look while working at the helm of Dior but now created under the Maison Margiela house name. The theme of this year's exhibition at the Museum is titled Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, which is said to reactivate the sensory capacities of masterworks in the Museum's collection through research, conservation analysis, and diverse technologies. The exhibition will feature cutting-edge tools, artificial intelligence, and computer-generated images, as well as, traditional formats of x-rays, video animation, light projection, and soundscapes, to bring back to life archival pieces that have long been tucked away due to fear of complete oblivion. In celebration of the exhibition theme, the dress code for the Benefit is “The Garden of Time.” (albeit, frankly unsure whether everyone gathered that theme since so many were a miss this season) A few very memorable, perhaps even future archival pieces that could join the Met also include: Kim Kardashian (left) wore a custom Maison Margiela dress, complemented by a grey piling cardigan which the internet is giving her heat for. The gown features a stunning metallic foliage mesh reminding us of a garden fence. Wisdom Kaye (middle) is in a striking red floral Robert Wun ensemble that looks to have had a blowtorch taken to its edges, leaning into the theme of bloom and decay. Quannah Chasinghorse (right) designed her ball gown for the 2024 Met Gala, which had a " The Garden of Time " dress code, in collaboration with H&M, choosing a periwinkle fabric inspired by forget-me-nots, the flower of her home state, Alaska. Sarah Jessica Parker (left) - Parker's sculptural look was inspired by the shape of a bird cage and created by British designer Richard Quinn, with a larger-than-life hat from Phillip Treacy Lana Del Rey (middle) wore a stunning 2006 Alexander McQueen look from the Widows of Culloden collection, which is currently in preservation at the MET. Mindy Kaling (right) in a custom gown by Gaurav Gupta which beautifully flowed down her figure forming a flower in the middle of the back. And the award for the worst dressed on the Met Gala 2024 official red carpet is: Rita Ora The people who turned up in the right outfit to the wrong event: Lea Michele (left) - In a Rodarte dress running late for her pregnancy photoshoot stumbled upon a red carpet event in Manhattan and decided to join. Jennifer Lopez (middle) playing it safe in a usual form fitted hour glass silhouette designed by Daniel Roseberry at Schiaparelli. According to sources, this gown was embroidered with silver pearls and over two million silver foil beads that took 800 hours of hand embroidery to complete, according to Schiaparelli. Jessica Biel (right) - a feathery pink dress from Tamara Ralph Couture Outfits that made us look twice, and made us gasp right after, and those who should be banished from the Gala for wearing them: Amelia Gray (left) wears one of the terrarium dresses made by designer Jun Takahashi for his Spring 2024 undercover show. One could say that at least she took a risk, did it pay off - not quite, it is almost too costume-y. Doja Cat (middle) - while gimmicks have been a long time favourite way of grabbing everyone's attention, Met Gala should be a place where she uses her creativity in a more productive way, such as coming up with a wowing look, rather than simply a wet looking dress. Although, she probably gathered the point by the end, since those glittery tears resemble ours when we saw her walk out on that carpet wearing this. The ''gown'' was made by Guram Gvasalia from Vetements and is meant to take inspiration from a roman garden statue. Ayo Adebiri (right) in a custom lace Loewe dress in hand-painted and hand-embroidered to create an optical illusion of 3D flowers. Just because it is Loewe, we do not need to love it, and just because it is hand painted, does not make it art. The lack of shape, as well as, the neckline are a huge ick to the fashion community. Some other interesting looks were: Nicki Minaj (left) in a yellow Marni dress. Some considered this look the crowning moment of the Met Gala 2024, while others argued that she could of reached further out, while rather simplistic in terms of directly referencing the flower motif of the event, it is a beautiful show of art and fashion. She paired the look with yellow leather heels and an iconic bob hairstyle. Bad Bunny (middle) wore a custom Maison Margiela look to the event and we could not take our eyes off. It consisted of a nave jacket with matching trousers with red details on the inside of the leg, and seam measurements in white covered the entire look, as if he took it away from the designer before the look was even completed. The look was ''finished' with black Tabis embellished with fur, black leather gloves, diamond-shaped sunglasses and one of the most beautiful hats reminding us of a Renaissance painting. Nicole Kidman (right) in an incredible Balenciaga ball gown. It is a reference to an original Cristobal Balenciaga haute couture design from 1951. It's a strapless dress with an ivory satin bodice and half skirt, overlaying a voluminous skirt made out of black ruffles. The look was paired with opera-length gloves and Harry Winston diamond bracelets.