Nestled warmly at a street-lining window, peering down upon hasty shoppers and winter-laden lovers meandering along Jermyn Street in the dark London evening, we sat contented with deep, rich coffees in hand and smiles on our face. Why so smiley? Well, the pair of us – my dining partner and I – had just devoured a delectable three course meal, complete with wine pairings, specifically-prepared gluten-free bread and unrelentingly attentive service.
Ironically, finding time for a manicure can be stressful. More often that not, self-conjured guilt prevails along with the belief that I couldn’t possibly dare to be so self indulgent. Ultimately, I’m left with Eliza Doolittle nails (before she becomes a ‘lady’) and a feeling that I’ve been robbed of some well-deserved R&R. Either way, I can’t win. However, (and this is one of those good types of conjunctive) when I was invited to try out the K West Hotel and Spa’s latest manicure offering, the SOL Luxury Manicure, I felt simply obliged to go along. For work purposes, obviously.
From my balcony at the Inn at Laurel Point, the blue water of the harbour is tranquil and quiet. Below I can see the hotel’s Japanese garden, boats moored in the harbour and the newer glass and steel structures that now line the water’s edge. Breaking the tranquillity is the sound of an air craft engine – a float plane is coming into land on the harbours calm water. I love watching them fly in.
The Palm in Belgravia. If you live in the area you’re most likely a patron. If you love a good steak, you, too, are most likely a patron. In fact, if you’ve ever searched for an informal but delicious place to celebrate, meet professionally, socialise, drink cocktails or nibble on small bites before a night out, then you also may know of The Palm. And if not, allow me to introduce the restaurant you’ll choose next time you go decide to eat out.