• What to eat

    It's all getting a bit delicious at The Conran Shop.

    The latest treats are quirky biscuits from Biscuiteers, bespoke chocs by Amelia Rope and… caviar from Gourmet House.

    The thing about Gourmet House is that their prices are fairly reasonable because there are no middlemen. The 45 year old company has farms across Europe, China and Iran and work the salting to a 30 year old Persian recipe.

    To introduce the different types of caviar (you gotta know your Baeri Royal from your Imperial to your Russian Oscietra) The Conran Shop in Marylebone is hosting a masterclass in their gleaming Alpes Inox kitchen. 

    However much you hated school, this is a class worth taking.

    The Conran Shop, 55 Marlebone High St, London W1U 5HS 

    The Conran Shop offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Exclusive Caviar Masterclass at The Conran Shop, Marylebone on Wednesday 12th November and 60g of caviar from Gourmet House, a Ercuis caviar vodka cup and caviar horn spreader (total worth £500). Don't miss out on future offers,  sign up to the A-List.

  • What to see

    London… and with Frieze Art Fair whirling through town this week you can't move for art and it's scene.

    Rather than feel overwhelmed I selected a few shows to see, including Jonas Burgert at Blain Southern (on until 22nd November).

    The 35 year old Burgert is exhibiting massive canvases (the biggest measures 8 metres wide), featuring often quite traumatic subject matter, underpinned with classical structure but contemporized with hits of fluoro paint.

    There are sculptures too, but it's the paintings that are most impactful. And how refreshing to see that figurative painting isn't dead.

    Jonas Burgert, STUCK HIRN BLIND until 22nd November 2014
    Blain Southern, 4 Hanover Square, London W1S 1BP


  • Where to go

    For those (me) who find the contemporary art at Frieze too shouty, Frieze Masters is the elegant opposite.

    And the buzz at this year's show is around the Helly Nahmad stand. Most booths at Frieze Masters are sedately decorated - simply letting the extraordinary art do the talking (eg. a wow! roomful of Francis Bacon paintings at Marlborough Fine Art).

    But Nahmad has done something different; an immersive, narrative installation created by production designer Robin Brown. The space is transformed; a flat belonging to a fictitious man living in Paris in 1968, known simply as 'The Collector'. He lives, surrounded by the detritus of a louche, bon-vivant; an unmade bed, ashtrays filled with hard-smoked Gitanes, and a kitchen sink overflowing with dirty dishes and wine glasses.

    In amongst the piles of books, old Paris Match magazines and pinned posters are mouthwatering art works - including a Lucio Fontana slashed piece above 'The Collector's' desk, a Picasso self-portrait and Giacometti's Trois hommes qui marchent I. It's the dream collection, expensive art, cheap posters - but all pieces that please the owner. The buzz is well-deserved.

    Helly Nahmad Gallery at Frieze Masters, Regents Park, London until 19th October  www.friezemasters.com


    Photograph: by Christopher Tubbs, Courtesy of Helly Nahmad Gallery