• Where to eat

    After a two year hiatus, chef Skye Gyngell is back with her glorious new restaurant Spring at Somerset House.

    Taking residency in a wing of Somerset House, mercifully there's not a hint of the previous tenants… the Inland Revenue offices. Skye called upon her Sydney-based interior designer sister Briony Fitzgerald; the result is as fresh as the restaurant's name. Cool blue walls, pink button-back sofas, Lindsey Adelman pendant lights and the prettiest ladies bathroom with pink herringbone floor tiles. 

    "Do you want to see the boys bathroom?" asks Skye who happens to be in the Jinny Blom-designed winter garden as I arrive. Gyngell proudly shows off the equally fabulous blue-tiled gents, then points out the hundreds of individually placed porcelain leaves on the restaurant walls and the waiters' sailor-boy infused uniforms by Trager Delaney before realizing that she needs to, "Get back in the kitchen!"

    The menu is the ingredient-inspired food that Skye became famous for while at Petersham Nurseries. I had a chickpea farinata with San Daniele ham, ricotta and artichokes, a perfectly cooked fillet of beef with deep fried Jerusalem artichokes, rocket and delicious Café de Paris butter-based sauce, and naughty caramel chocolate and walnut honey ice cream. 

    I'll be returning to Spring very soon. And will happily have those very same courses again, whilst sitting beneath a sky filled with balloon-like lights, grateful that despite heading into winter, there's a slice of spring to be had all year round.

    Spring, Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA

    Tel: 020 3011 0115


  • What to eat

    It's all getting a bit delicious at The Conran Shop.

    The latest treats are quirky biscuits from Biscuiteers, bespoke chocs by Amelia Rope and… caviar from Gourmet House.

    The thing about Gourmet House is that their prices are fairly reasonable because there are no middlemen. The 45 year old company has farms across Europe, China and Iran and work the salting to a 30 year old Persian recipe.

    To introduce the different types of caviar (you gotta know your Baeri Royal from your Imperial to your Russian Oscietra) The Conran Shop in Marylebone is hosting a masterclass in their gleaming Alpes Inox kitchen. 

    However much you hated school, this is a class worth taking.

    The Conran Shop, 55 Marlebone High St, London W1U 5HS 

    The Conran Shop offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Exclusive Caviar Masterclass at The Conran Shop, Marylebone on Wednesday 12th November and 60g of caviar from Gourmet House, a Ercuis caviar vodka cup and caviar horn spreader (total worth £500). Don't miss out on future offers,  sign up to the A-List.

  • What to buy

    Twigs, bugs, lamps, mirrors - there's little that hasn't been given the Midas touch in the new interiors collection 'Gilded Pleasures' created by sisters Isabel and Stella Tennant.

    The duo, (granddaughters of the enchantingly original 'Debo', Dowager Duchess of Devonshire who sadly died this week) work together from a studio near their homes on the Scottish Borders.

    Isabel has worked for 30 years as a gilder, while Stella was studying sculpture at Winchester College of Art before being 'discovered' as a model and working for the big guns including Chanel, Burberry and Givenchy.  They've pooled their talents and inspiration to create their first collection that showed during London Design Festival at Ben Pentreath's elegant Lambs Conduit studio space.

    Ultimately, the idea is to find their own Tennant & Tennant London showroom, but for now the collection can be viewed online or by appointment.  It's a joyous, pleasing mix of decorative and function: for example, small, carved flowers in burnished gold alongside an impressively wide console table of rough-edged marble placed upon a bronze-cast hawthorn bush.  The only thing missing from the collection… a lily.