• What to do

    Done the parties, wrapped the presents, bought the food. All that's left is… to dream about being on a beach somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Which isn't happening. So the next best thing? The Peak.

    If you've never been, The Peak Health Club & Spa is on the 9th floor of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower. So while many city hotels shove their spas in basements or dark corners, at The Peak you're rewarded for working out here with wonderful views across London or watch the sky through the glass ceiling as you swim in the 20 metre long pool. 

    There are Murad facials, Pevonia body scrubs and Shellac manicures in the spa. While alongside personal training in the gym, there's a whole thwack of classes plucked from around the world; Salsa Aerobics, the intensely fat burning Viking Method and Brazilian Secret, focusing on the glutes for Ipanema beach curves.

    It's not the Maldives, but if you're in London and wanting to feel warm, calm and relaxed, a spa day at The Peak Health Club & Spa is a jolly good place to start.


    Jumeirah Carlton Tower
    One Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

    The Peak Health Club & Spa offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a Total Bliss spa day for two people, including a 60 minute Prescriptive Facial, 60 minute Relaxing Massage, Club Room lunch buffet and glass of champagne each, (total worth £380). 

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

  • What to know

    My dream shop has arrived, right here in London town. 

    It's called Alex Eagle and is the creation of former stylist Alex, who has spent the last 18 months trotting the globe, buying furniture, collating the best of the best products, working on collaborations with designers. And as of this week, in the thick of Chelsea on Walton Street, the doors to her shop are flung open.

    The top line idea was creating something 'unseasonal'. "I was fed up of feeling panicked about what dress to buy next," explains Alex. "And I'd started to envy men and the way they shop, buying classic pieces for life, a Charvet shirt, a smoking jacket…Meanwhile I'd started buying and selling furniture from my flat," says Alex, "so the idea was to make this an extension of my flat, a curated home where everything's for sale; the venetian hand blown glasses, the berber rugs, the chandelier, the sweaters, pyjamas, even the Benchmark cabinets." 

    The shop is spread over three floors, and the chic interior designed by both Alex and her aunt Gianni Alen-Buckley. To create the perfect unseasonal wardrobe Eagle has collaborated with the originals; New & Lingwood for women's smoking jackets and slippers, Swaine Adeney Brigg for luggage, Le Kilt for timeless skirts. "These are pieces you wear forever, the cohesive building blocks for your wardrobe," explains Eagle.

    Beauty is delivered via Cosmetics 27, linen from Olatz, candles by Jehanne de Biolley, childrenswear from Elfie and the perfect white trainers by Common Projects. And February, sees the arrival of Alex's own designs. "I've designed the luxury uniform," she explains, "The perfect silk shirt, the perfect blazer. You could pack it all in a suitcase and have everything you need for a long weekend." The Eagle has landed.

    Alex Eagle, 91 Walton Street, London SW3


  • Where to eat

    Besides Bill Amberg's stealth-chic leather bags, Dr Frances Prenna Jones' age-stripping facials and charming bookshop Heywood Hill, there's a new reason to visit the squirrelly nook of Mayfair that is Shepherd Market. 

    Kitty Fisher's. It's a restaurant named after the C18th courtesan who once lived here. Not your ordinary lady of the night, Kitty was painted by Joshua Reynolds and famously ate a 1000 guinea bank note on a slice of bread and butter.

    There are no money sandwiches on the menu here. Instead, Burrata with grilled beetroot and clementine, Wild sea bass with mussels, cavolo nero and cider, Ox cheek with potato, sprout tops and spinach. Chef Tomos Parry (winner of 'Young British Foodie Chef of the year - 2014') cooks everything over a specially constructed wood grill. Drinks include Basque-style gin and tonic, Overnight Bloody Mary and Bad Kitty cocktails. And the only nod to the space's louche former use are red fringed lampshades amongst the wood-paneled basement and berry velvet, buttoned banquettes.

    Kitty Fisher's; the perfect new place to hide from miserable January detoxers.

    Kitty Fisher's, 10 Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QF

    Tel: 020 3302 1161