• What to do

    It's one of life's conundrums; when things gets comfy nothing much progresses. Which is how I was feeling about aspects of my exercise regime. So when Form pilates opened up in Notting Hill, I was one of the first through the door.

    After years of working in LA, Form founders Elissa Elhadj and her husband Jeremy Abadom (who between them are rumoured to train David and Brooklyn Beckham, Al Pacino and model Alessandra Ambrosio) have returned to London - bringing with them their unique workout concept.

    METcore is a 50 minute session in the new Form studios off Portobello Road, using a piece of kit called the MOTR; think foam roller meets pilates reformer, something that looks benign but becomes a monster as it intensely challenges your balance, core and strength. This is followed by a Speed 8 section; just eight minutes of 40 second bursts of High Resistance Training using a Nordic Ski simulator, TRX bands and Kettlebells - followed by 20 seconds of panting rest, stimulating growth hormone and raising the metabollic rate.

    After a one-on-one with the brilliant and encouraging Elissa, I felt elated and ached for the next week. Just what I needed. Welcome to the un-comfort zone. 

    www.formstudios.co.uk
    77a Lonsdale Road, London W11 2DF

    Form offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a private Form class, and a 10 pack of group classes (total worth £320). Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

  • What to see

    There's a carnival vibe at Sotheby's on New Bond Street this week as the auction house shows Bear Witness; the spoils of one avid, obsessive collector that includes work by Rothko, Warhol and Hirst. But most notably hundreds of skulls and bears (see left, 'Life is Great' by Paola Pivi). The question on everyone's lips… Who is this mysterious collector? Rumour has it, he may show up to the sales (10th-12th March) where estimates range from 20 quid to £2million. But the one certainty; whoever was once charged with dusting this phenomenal collection must be breathing a sigh of relief.

    Bear Witness, on view at Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA until 10th March
    www.sothebys.com

    Meanwhile over the road in the basement at Shapero Modern, a collection of editions from 1990-2000 by YBA's including Sarah Lucas, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Gavin Turk has been rounded up by journalist-turned-curator Mark Inglefield, alongside memorabilia including the flyer from 1997 show Sensation at The Royal Academy.

    Rack 'em Up, British Contemporary Editions 1990-2000 at Shapero Modern, 32 St. George Street, London W1S 2EA until 27th March
    www.shaperomodern.com

    Head east for duo Casey Moore and  Claire Alexander's show Collision. These super macro photographs of the interiors of iron meteorites taken by Casey, are intricately drawn on by Claire with her response to the meteorite shapes and patterns, thus creating their very own collision.

    Collision, downstairs at Mother, 10 Redchurch St, Lonodn E2 7DD until 13th March
    www.caseymoore.com

  • What to know

    In the last ten years, 10,000 London pubs have closed. But against the odds, The Cross Keys - the oldest pub in Chelsea - has been saved from the hands of greedy developers.

    Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson - the team behind The Sands End and The Brown Cow - have taken The Cross Keys under their wing and opened to bustly fanfare this week. Original brickwork has been exposed, tan leather booths installed and plenty of duffed-in rustic wood to give the space a country vibe. On the food front, Executive Chef Oliver Marlowe (Chez Bruce, The Sands End) and Head Chef Natasha Cooke (Medlar) have stirred up a menu that clearly aims at both pint-and-a-paper folk by day and a racy, raucous sloaney-set by night; from oxtail and stout pie to cauliflower tempura with raisin raita, curried quail eggs and watercress. Top tip - the blood orange cheesecake mascarpone and sesame tuille is worth every darn calorie.

    First opened in 1708 and tucked amongst some of Chelsea's most romantic and higgledy streets, The Cross Keys pub lives to fight another day.

    The Cross Keys, 1 Lawrence Street, London SW3 5NB
    Tel: 020 7351 0686
    www.thecrosskeyschelsea.co.uk