• Where to go

    Doesn't everyone want the 'lifted seat' and 'whittled waist' promised by barrecore founder Niki Rein? Well there's news for those who long to demi-plié in her ballet-based workout class; as Niki opens her fifth studio, in Kensington. 

    Bang on Kensington Church Street, the new space has two basement studio rooms, showers and all the paraphernalia you need for post-class freshen up. Also new is the barreASANA class; a yoga tinctured barre class taught by one of Niki's trainers. (Each trainer has to complete 200 hours of training before they're let loose in a studio.) Obviously for yoga-loving hardcore/barrecore girls this class is the dream; fast-paced, focusing on length through the muscle groups, freeing the spine, toning the limbs and tightening the core. All to spot-on upbeat/downbeat tunes according to the physical rhythm. "The playlist took me as long to create as the class," says Niki. 

    However… I'm not a yoga girl. Hard as I try, the flow thing just ain't happening. So the best thing about barreASANA from my awkward perspective, is the class is practiced in near darkness. And at the end, there's a lovely meditation with a middle-eye stroke from the teacher. So despite being down-dog while the rest of the class was up-dog, no one noticed. Which meant I left barrecore Kensington feeling yoga-calm with a waggy tail.

    www.barrecore.co.uk

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  • 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.

    www.alancristea.com

    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

  • Where to stay

    Historically the old-school London club was somewhere for out-of-towners to meet friends, fill their bellies and rest their weary heads.

    Until now The Hospital Club, that den of creativity in Covent Garden founded by Paul Allen and Dave Stewart in 2004, has provided all of the above except the 'weary head' bit. But as of this month the club has converted the entire third floor (formerly offices) into fifteen cosy bedrooms; ranging from full-on suites with a sitting room and balcony, all the way to a 'sleep bunker', a windowless nest-of-a-room, at just £99 a night for members and £124 for non-members. 

    Designer Russell Sage has included plenty of his trademark quirks; recycled leather belts adorn the doors, bespoke psychedelic carpet covers the floor and vintage medical receptacles decorate the shelves. In addition the art-work in each room has been assigned to an artist from the Club's community; my favourite, the suite filled with  Alyson Mowat faceted terrariums.

    Other unexpected extras; a 7pm cocktail-trolley service, an erotic mini-bar and a 'School of Life' inspirational card on your pillow instead of a choccie. The Hospital Club has created bedrooms, but they're not so old-school. 

    www.thehospitalclub.com

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