• What to know

    It's no surprise The Grove in Hertfordshire is a hit with both Tom Cruise and the England football team.

    Close to Warner Bros studios in Leavesden, the country house hotel makes a great base for Cruise when he's filming.  And there's plenty in the 300 acre park to entertain footballers, including an outdoor pool, croquet lawn, beach volleyball court and a full size football pitch. 

    But I was there purely for the business of beauty. Spanish brand Natura Bissé have recently pitched up in the wolf-whistle Sequoia spa, with its inky black ozone pool, steam room, jacuzzi, power gym and juice bar. A Natura Bissé Hollywood High Definition Facial using the brand's Diamond skincare range was just the ticket, giving perk to a wintry face. And for a sun-starved body the Citrus Sculpt treatment uses a cocktail of Vitamin C to increase collagen and elastin, followed by a flurry of kine-firming tape to increase circulation.

    With attentive therapists on tap, Sequoia spa is an indulgent experience, no doubt very different to when Queen Victoria would 'weekend' at The Grove in the 1840s. 


    The Grove offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win: One night for two in the Mansion at The Grove, The Orangery Experience treatment, Dinner at The Glasshouse or The Stables, Breakfast in your room or at The Glasshouse, Complimentary access to all Sequoia spa facilities (Worth approximately £1000).  

    Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List. 

  • What to see

    Since 1995, Alan Cristea has championed printmaking from his eponymous Cork Street gallery, becoming the largest distributor and publisher of prints in Europe.

    To celebrate the 20 year milestone, the gallery has prepared a unique anniversary exhibition. Alongside highlights from the past twenty years, including works by Patrick Caulfield, Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso, is a special Anniversary Portfolio. Twenty one of the galleries artists, including Howard Hodgkin (see left, Herb Garden, 2014), Julian Opie and Edmund de Waal (ceramicist and author of The Hare with Amber Eyes) have contributed to a boxed-set of prints. Techniques range from woodcut to lithography and the box is an edition of 40 (only 38 of which are for sale).

    Post-celebrations, the show will swiftly be followed on 20th February by Richard Long: The Spike Island Tapes, a collection of carborundum relief prints named after songs or music 'he just likes'. Long live printmaking.


    Alan Cristea Gallery, 31-34 Cork Street, London W1

    Alan Cristea Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, until 14th Feb

    Richard Long: The Spike Island Tapes, 20th Feb-2nd April

  • What to buy

    They're clever those Bremont boys.

    Brothers Nick and Giles English are always on the money with their collaborations. Last year saw Bremont launch the 'Codebreaker' watch, inspired by Bletchley Park, with each watch incorporating elements from Bletchley; pine from the famous Hut 6, paper from a punch card used to analyse data and part of each watch's rotor made from a wheel of the original Enigma code-cracking machine. 

    This year it's the turn of new film Kingsman: The Secret Service. A special edition of three Kingsman watches has been developed in collaboration with the film's director, Matthew Vaughn. The watches are worn throughout the film by actors Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Egerton; rose gold World Timer for the agents and black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) on a NATO strap for the trainee recruits.

    And of course… spy the moments when the Bremont watches become part of the secret agents' arsenal of gadgets.