• What to know

    Stepping into the Soholistic Spa rooms at Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, and you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd taken a wrong turn.

    For the rooms seem like bedroom suites; filled with comfy linen-covered armchairs, pretty wallpapers, bowls of fruit, adjoining marble-clad bathrooms, beds made up with sheets and bedspreads all bathed in soft lighting. But why shouldn't functional be pretty and comfortable? That seems to be the question that Firmdale Hotels owner/designer Kit Kemp has asked herself when creating the spa that also houses a slick gym, hypoxic chamber for altitude training and a shell-encrusted relaxation area.

    It's little wonder that iconic British brand Liz Earle has chosen Soholistic as its exclusive spa partner, launching with a brand new  Superskin Botanical Lift Facial, created by Abigail James, Liz Earle's Treatment Ambassador. The facial has been created to 'help slow the ticking' using Earle's botanically charged Superskin range of products. And alongside the cleansing, potions and hydrating masks, one key ingredient is the therapist's hands. A chunk of the treatment is a facial workout; a massage sequence tailored to those niggling points whether it's a computer weary neck and shoulders, cross-patch frown muscles across the forehead or tight jaw from gritted teeth. 

    It's simple; relax the muscles and your face looks fresher. And on top of the treatment itself, no one should underestimate the effect of being instructed to lie on a Kit Kemp bed and told to have a nap in the middle of the day. 

    Ham Yard Hotel, One Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT

    Ham Yard Hotel offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a Superskin Botanical Lift Facial at Soholistic Spa at Ham Yard Hotel and a Liz Earle Ultimate Hamper (total worth £350). Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

  • What to buy

    For those not leaving London this long weekend, it's a chance to head to Somerset House and catch Photo London.

    Visit the selling show of 70 exhibitors from leading photo galleries and publishers from all over the world including Gazelli Art House, exhibiting new work by Charlotte Colbert. Alongside the main show are talks, performances and screenings. On Saturday hear historian Simon Schama speak on portraiture with guests Jason Bell and Nadav Kander. While on Sunday in the Screening Room, photographer Stephen Gill talks about his work.

    Make time to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum's  Beneath the Surface at the Embankment Galleries, with 200 works from C19th masters to contemporary photographers including Susan Derges and Nigel Shafran, showing the international breadth and historical depth of the V&A's collection.


  • Where to go

    Like the perfect cocktail, a great bar needs great ingredients.

    So for this summer, Blakes Hotel, (South Kensington's glamorous Anouska Hempel-created boutique hotel) has created The Hendrick's Horticultural Oasis. The courtyard area has been decorated by rainbow-bright fashion designer Matthew Williamson, using objects sourced from Rockett St George and many of his own zingy fabrics created with Osborne & Little. While installation artist Rebecca Louise Law has been busy working up a canopy of scented dried flowers including roses, peonies, hydrangeas and juniper berries. 

    It's the ideal backdrop for a Hendrick's based gin cocktail using herbs from the courtyard garden, the only gin to be made with infusions of cucumber and rose petals. Just the ticket for a Chelsea Flower Show inspired tipple.

    The Hendrick's Horticultural Oasis at Blakes Hotel until 14th July 2015.
    Blakes Hotel London, 33 Roland Gardens London, SW7 3PF