• Where to go

    Every so often it seems that shops play a complicated game of Monopoly with undecipherable rules. Old, familiar stores are replaced with young upstarts, other shops more simply move a few places down the road, while some ageing friends disappear forever.

    Paul Smith is playing the game this year. Tonight he reopens his former wookedy furniture and antiques treasure trove on Albermarle Street, which has grown into the space next door. Why have one shop when you can have two?

    Architects 6a have smashed through the dividing wall to create one big shop filled with interlinking higgledy-piggledy rooms. There are standalone spaces for mainline menswear and womenswear, (look out for the men's knits - especially the oversized houndstooth - girls can take a size small for the perfect boyfriend sweater), a shoe department with walls entirely covered in dominoes (26,000 dominoes to be precise), a gallery in the basement and a space for furniture and other curiosities. The black painted façade is clad with cast iron panels - look carefully to see Sir Paul's drawings secreted amongst them.

    Meanwhile other players in fashion Monopoly are Isabel Marant, due to open her shop on Bruton Street later this month, and Belstaff who are launching their 'House' on Bond Street this Sunday with a motorbike parade.

    Paul Smith, 9 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BL

  • What to buy

    As if it wasn't already hard enough to choose, Farrow & Ball have added nine new colours to their paint range.

    Famous for making paint at their Dorset factory with particularly high levels of rich pigments to original recipes, the new colours are as tantalizing as the old. There are neutral stone and grey colours with suitably Farrow & Ball-ish type names including; Dimpse, which is West country dialect for the fading light at twilight, Wevet, a Dorset term for spider's web, and the self-explanatory, Mole's Breath.

    But best of all is Nancy's Blushes, a perfect rose hue that will have fashion heads turning; it's the tone of this season's most lusted after winter coat.


  • What to do

    For over 100 years, since the very first cinema theatres opened, folk have been content to while away an hour or two by merrily just watching a film.

    But the natural human instinct for 'more', means that movie-going is being pushed and pulled in all manner of directions. There are plush cinemas with armchairs and supper brought to your table, silly looking specs for a mushroom-like 3-D experience, or the totally immersive Secret Cinema where the build-up takes days with much acting and dress-up involved.

    Meanwhile, at the Charlotte Street Hotel it's a chance for food and film to fuse as guests from the world of scoff are invited to screen and discuss a film that has somehow influenced their work and passion for food.

    This month it's master patissier Eric Lanlard's turn. He's chosen Babette's Feast, because, "This story for me is about showcasing the great things about food," says Lanlard, "The passion and appreciation of the French people for food and cooking, and how good food can bring people together and change them for the better." After the film there's a chance for chats and film dissecting with Lanlard. Followed by a proper feast at Oscar restaurant with a menu dreamed up by both Robin Read (Firmdale Hotels Executive Head Chef) and Eric Lanlard.

    Food & Film is at the Charlotte Street Hotel on Monday 30th September; £39 per person, ticket price includes movie screening, Q&A with Eric Lanlard and 3 course dinner at Oscar restaurant.

    For reservations; tel: 020 7980 1007 E: Oscar@firmdale.com
    Charlotte Street Hotel, 
15-17 Charlotte Street, 

    The Charlotte Street Hotel offered all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a pair of tickets to Food & Film at the Charlotte Street Hotel. This includes two tickets to a screening of Babette's Feast in the hotel's private screening room followed by a Q&A with Eric Lanlard and a three-course dinner at Oscar restaurant. Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.