• 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.


    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. 


    The Hospital Club offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win dinner for two and a one-night stay for two people in a suite at The Hospital Club (worth approximately £640).

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

  • What to buy

    While it may be grey outside, it needn't be all grey inside.

    Starting with pieces by Marianna Kennedy to create colourful interior punctuation. The Spitalfields-based designer uses her former Huguenot silk-weaver's house on Fournier Street as part home, workshop and showroom. It's from here that her joyous interior flourishes are made, shown and sold. There are elegant 'Fetters of Gold' frames with blue or pink tinted mirror, handpainted signs and coloured resin lamps, one of which is moulded directly from a lamp at Cawdor Castle.

    With bright lamp-shades made from binders cloth (her husband, book-binder Charles Gledhill works from the top floor of the house) that sit atop the rainbow lamps, the only quandary, is how many to buy.