• What to know

    Stepping into the Soholistic Spa rooms at Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, and you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd taken a wrong turn.

    For the rooms seem like bedroom suites; filled with comfy linen-covered armchairs, pretty wallpapers, bowls of fruit, adjoining marble-clad bathrooms, beds made up with sheets and bedspreads all bathed in soft lighting. But why shouldn't functional be pretty and comfortable? That seems to be the question that Firmdale Hotels owner/designer Kit Kemp has asked herself when creating the spa that also houses a slick gym, hypoxic chamber for altitude training and a shell-encrusted relaxation area.

    It's little wonder that iconic British brand Liz Earle has chosen Soholistic as its exclusive spa partner, launching with a brand new  Superskin Botanical Lift Facial, created by Abigail James, Liz Earle's Treatment Ambassador. The facial has been created to 'help slow the ticking' using Earle's botanically charged Superskin range of products. And alongside the cleansing, potions and hydrating masks, one key ingredient is the therapist's hands. A chunk of the treatment is a facial workout; a massage sequence tailored to those niggling points whether it's a computer weary neck and shoulders, cross-patch frown muscles across the forehead or tight jaw from gritted teeth. 

    It's simple; relax the muscles and your face looks fresher. And on top of the treatment itself, no one should underestimate the effect of being instructed to lie on a Kit Kemp bed and told to have a nap in the middle of the day. 

    www.firmdalehotels.com
    Ham Yard Hotel, One Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT
    www.lizearle.com

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  • Where to go

    Like the perfect cocktail, a great bar needs great ingredients.

    So for this summer, Blakes Hotel, (South Kensington's glamorous Anouska Hempel-created boutique hotel) has created The Hendrick's Horticultural Oasis. The courtyard area has been decorated by rainbow-bright fashion designer Matthew Williamson, using objects sourced from Rockett St George and many of his own zingy fabrics created with Osborne & Little. While installation artist Rebecca Louise Law has been busy working up a canopy of scented dried flowers including roses, peonies, hydrangeas and juniper berries. 

    It's the ideal backdrop for a Hendrick's based gin cocktail using herbs from the courtyard garden, the only gin to be made with infusions of cucumber and rose petals. Just the ticket for a Chelsea Flower Show inspired tipple.

    The Hendrick's Horticultural Oasis at Blakes Hotel until 14th July 2015.
    www.blakeshotels.com
    Blakes Hotel London, 33 Roland Gardens London, SW7 3PF 

  • Where to go

    Chances are you're reading this on your phone, right? And if you like what you read, you might tweet about it - and then pray for the retweets. Such is life after the digital revolution: our little technological accomplices are never far from our side. In the 25 years since the creation of the World Wide Web, life, work and culture have been turned upside down and anyone worth his or her salt is starting to wonder what it all means. Luckily, Vanity Fair and Intelligence Squared have got it covered with their Digital Summit, in association with O2. Throughout the afternoon of June 11th, the brightest minds in technology, politics, business and culture will come together in person to consider the tsunami of change we have already experienced - and what is yet to come. 

    Hear from the internet's early pioneers, including Martha Lane Fox, on how their hopes and dreams measure up to reality. Probe the danger of artificial intelligence with Professor Nick Bostrom, author of Superintelligence (the book on everyone's lips), and find out who's throwing money at the problem (clue: web giants only need apply). Speaking of these giants, with a small number of firms controlling an increasingly large part of the digital landscape, how can London compete? What must young entrepreneurs do to stay independent? Should they even want to stay independent? These are among the questions - expertly curated by Vanity Fair's London editor Henry Porter - which will be asked of industry figures such as Baroness Joanna Shields, the PM's Advisor on the Digital Economy, and Rohan Silva, co-founder of the startup hub Second Home.

    Other highlights include Vanity Fair's European Editor-at-Large Jemima Khan in conversation with co-founder and CEO of Tinder Sean Rad on the aspirations of the world's biggest dating app, The Dark Net author Jamie Bartlett on the nether regions of the web, and founder of SBTV Jamal Edwards on the internet's ability to create stardom from the unknown. After everything you've heard, there will be no sitting on the fence in the final debate, marshalled by the inimitable Jeremy Paxman, considering whether "The Internet is a Failed Utopia". In a world of uncertainty, one thing is sure: this is an unmissable afternoon of entertainment and enlightenment.

    Tickets are £150, and £75 for students. Click here to buy.

    Vanity Fair - Intelligence Squared Digital Summit, Thursday 11th June, 2-7pm.

    Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW.

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