Tuesday, 29 January 2008
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As recommended by Ellen McGrath
Rellik, (everything from £10 earrings to vintage Westwood and a favourite of Kate Moss & Lily Allen).
Orsini (can be slightly overpriced but has some really nice 1920s vintage and Pucci dresses) Howie and Belle (1930s lampshades, reasonably priced vintage and quirky style).
Cecil court (a rather cute street nestled amongst theatres with shops selling old prints and books).
Visit the Sir John Soane Museum, and marvel at the hidden Hogarths and assorted curios.
Take a walk in St. James’ Park on a sunny day and lounge in the deckchairs. If you’re interested in history go to the Cabinet War rooms afterwards.
On a rainy day wander round the British Museum Egyptian rooms and then go for wonton noodles in Chinatown.
Go to the London Design Museum, saunter along the river path perhaps having lunch at one of the outdoor restaurants, then take a river taxi up to Westminster.
On a Sunday, visit the Colombia Road flower market and shops that line the street, then go to the indescribable Dennis Severs house.
Go for lunch at Petersham nurseries (the restaurant not the cafe), then walk up the river to Kew gardens where you can swelter in the hot Lily house.Travel the world in the Marianne North gallery, and revisit your childhood on the Treetop walkway.
Clarkes (for fresh refined English food with typically English ingredients like samphire or cobnuts. Also delicious freshly baked bread).
Andrew Edmunds (for modern British food with a truly homecooked taste. Also has an excellent wine list).
St John, (meat eaters only!).
Golden Hind, (the best fish and chips in London).
Regency cafe (for a really old-fashioned English breakfast in very authentic 1950s surroundings, as featured in Lock Stock. Closed on Sunday).
Tom’s Diner (also a great place for an English breakfast in a more modern Notting Hill style).
Scotts (for great fish).
Feast on Oscar de la Renta cakes, and Louboutin biscuits at the Berkeley hotel afternoon tea Pret-a-Portea.
Take a traditional English afternoon tea in true Art Deco style at Claridges.
Visit Fortnum and Masons ice cream bar for an over the top sundae, and then pop and buy one of their traditional jams or Gentleman’s Relish afterwards.
Shop at Charbonnel & Walker for classic English rose or violet creams in a padded satin box.
Eat a decadently traditional English Sticky toffee pudding at Green’s restaurant.
The perfect martini at Dukes, so strong they’ll only let you have two!
Claridges Fumoir (indulgent purple decor with black and white photos, and an equally elegant menu of cocktails to match).
Lounge lover (fun eccentric decor).
Have a beer in the Churchill Arms, Kensington Church street (a traditional pub packed full of Churchill memorabilia, a regular bunch of locals, and a warm fire).
As recommended by Refik Gökmen, who divides his time between London and Turkey.
The Grand Bazaar, although touristy is still a place Istanbulites go to. Check out Abdullah for bathwares and cool pestemal (sarong/towels) or Dösim (near Yeni Cami), a government run shop good for Turkish carpets or ceramics.
Yastik by Rifat Ozbek
Ece Sukan Vintage
The Cukurcuma area, especially Faik Pasa Yokusu,has great antique shops. Check out Hall, run
FUN AND SIGHTS:
If you haven’t visited Istanbul before, be sure to not miss Topkapi Palace Museum (especially the Treasury), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) and Hagia Sophia.
Take a boat trip on the Bosphorus (the straits which separate Europe and Asia) in the Summer. The Bosphorus is the defining feature of Istanbul and it’s great to be on the water. There are special day trips that leave from a pier marked ‘Bogaz Hatti’ near Eminonu, at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. Take the boat to Anadolu Kavagi, the last stop - have a fish lunch there, walk to the ruined Genoese fort and enjoy the views. Timetable at www.ido.com.tr
To see a more contemporary and edgy view of the city go during the Istanbul Bieniale, the contemporary art festival which has events and showings dotted around the city.
If classical Ottoman architecture and mosques are your thing, there are a couple of smaller 16th century mosques that aren’t on most tourist’s itineraries and are well worth a visit. These are Rustem Pasa Mosque, up some steps near the Spice Bazaar, and Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, just down a hill round the black of the Blue Mosque.
Mikla, unmissable. Sit and watch the sunset with a cocktail from the roof terrace, and then stay on for dinner afterwards.
This blog http://istanbuleats.com/ also makes good reading.
COCKTAILS AND COFFEE:
Istanbul Modern Art gallery café
Visit Mandabatmaz for one of Istanbul’s best cups of coffee.
The Tunel area has lots of great bars:
- 360 Istanbul which has great views.
- Trendy and clubby Otto and Ghetto.
- Babylon is a live music venue and bar and has some of the best gigs in Istanbul.
SÃO PAULO GUIDE
As recommended by paulista Ryma Ghazzaoui.
Praça Benedito Calixto, in Pinheiro. Very charming square with a mix of exhibitors; from family owned antiques to local craftsmanship. Every Saturday.
Another good option is to go to MASP (Art Museum of São Paulo) on Sunday and go to the flee market that happens in the street, underneath the building.
Shopping Iguatemi is a great option for a rainy day, a shopping haven for all the major national brands and the luxury international brands. Stop for lunch in one of many lovely restaurants.
Some local brands to explore:
Jewlery: H Stern, Jack Vartanian, Raphael Falci.
Bikinis: Lenny, Cia Maritima, Rosa Chá, Salinas and Adriana Degreas.
Shoes: Capodarte, Arezzo, Melissa and Havainas (concept stores in Rua Oscar Freire), Schultz, Sarah Chofakian and Shoestock.
Interior Design: Cecilia Dale, Tania Bulhões, Paola da Vinci and Blue Gardenia.
For a more upmarket shopping experience go to Daslu. Daslu is seriously luxury, seriously gorgeous and seriously expensive!
FUN AND SIGHTS:
If the weather is nice, go to Parque do Ibirapuera. There you'll have the opportunity to see some of famous architect Oscar Niemayer's work, such as the Bienal building and Oca. Have an Açaí (berry frappé) in one of the many kiosks.
Another great thing to do would be to book a walking tour in the old town centre. You’ll have the opportunity to see some of the city's most iconic buildings. It’s a very dangerous area, so book a tour with a local guide.
For a more upmarket day, go to Rua Oscar Freire and the surrounding area for some retail therapy.Walk around, explore the local shops and walk the beautiful people!
If you fancy a more nature orientated day out, a trip to Pedra Grande, in Atibaia which is only one hour drive from the city. Ideal for hiking or extreme sports such as paragliding and mountaineering.
The beach is not that far from Sao Paulo, so if you have the time, go to the North Coast, where you’ll find the best beaches of the state. Ubatuba, Maresias and Ilha Bela are lovely places to visit.
Pao de queijo (cheese bread), originally from Minas Gerais, is at its best in a small shop in Rua Haddock Lobo.
For the best Pastel (savoury pastry) in town, Barraca do Ze, Feira do Pacaembu. It’s a fruit and vegetable market that takes place in Charles Miller Square. Have a Garapa (sugar cane juice) with extra lime. Thursdays and Saturday.
Another typical brazilian dish is Feijoada, originally created by slaves in colonial times, from the leftovers of pigs sent by the land owner. The dish has evolved, and is now a national treasure. For the most famous feijoada in São Paulo, go to Bolinha, located in Av. Cidade Jardim.
Pizza: Quintal do Braz, Camelo, 1900 Pizzeria, Monte Verde, Piola or Cristal.
Japanese: Mori or Aoyama.
Italian: Cantina Esperanza.
Sandwiches: Lanchonete da Cidade, Chico Hamburguer, Forneria Sao Paolo, The Fifties.
Churrascaria Fogo de Chão: A must for meat eaters, this is the best BBQ house in the city. You pay a set price and eat as much as you like from the salad bar and have meat served to your table. A great variety of salads and vegetarian dishes as well.
For a more upmarket experience, go to Fasano, A Figueira or D.O.M. Reservation in advance is required. Exceptional food and gorgeous interiors.
COCKTAILS AND COFFEE:
Anzu was founded in 1999 and produces stationery and desirables featuring my hand-painted illustrations.
I also create freelance illustrations for clients such as Sisley, Guerlain, Harper Collins and am the illustrator for The Berkeley Hotel (including Pret-a-Portea).
I like all my work to have an emphasis on a decorative, hand-painted look and the Anzu collections feature illustrations of everything from teacups to sunglasses to peonies.
My inspirations are from a variety of sources, be it vintage textiles, English gardens, 1930s films, or fashion designer Paul Poiret. English style for example was the inspiration for our range of candles be it the Miss Marple inspired Black tea candle or the cottage garden rose scent in our Bed of roses candle. We are based in Notting Hill.
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I’m Ellen Gregory McGrath and Anzu is my design company producing stationery and desirables featuring my hand-painted images. I am also a freelance illustrator. This blog shows Anzu updates, inspirations, things I love and the story behind Anzu.
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