• What to see

    For those who find the  Frieze London scene a befuddling pool of noisy work, shark-like dealers and naïve collectors, it might be about switching direction and heading to Frieze Masters.

    Also held in The Regent's Park,  Frieze Masters delivers historical work (from the ancient era to old masters to the late C20th) from over 120 of the world's leading galleries, including Marlborough Fine Art, Helly Nahmad Gallery and Thomas Dane.

    For eager art swots, private tours can be arranged or there's a range of talks including 'Collecting Beyond Contemporary' - chaired by Wim Pijbes, Director of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum or British artist and ceramicist Edmund de Waal in conversation with Paulus Rainer.

    There's appropriately posh grub from Michelin starred Locanda Locatelli or top Japanese restaurant Umu, a welcome pause whilst considering the often museum-quality works by Picasso, Rubens, Bacon and Degas… to be admired before they disappear into the deep, dark rabbit hole of private collections.


    Frieze Masters, The Regent's Park, Wednesday 15th October - Sunday 19th October

    Frieze Masters offered all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win 2 tickets to Frieze Masters on Friday 18th October including 2 tote bags, 2 copies of Frieze Masters Magazine and 2 tickets to Edmund de Waal in conversation with Paulus Rainer (at 3pm). 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.


  • Where to go

    "'Ooh, have you had your ears waxed?' is not the kind of thing my friends talk about in the pub," says Andy Penniceard.  But after a bit of gentle nudging, "It turns out some of them might sneak off somewhere discreet but not very nice for a pedicure or a massage," he adds.

    So Penniceard decided to change all that, and deliver a place for both men and women that, "Didn't have bras and knickers hanging in the window," he explains.  He opened Privet Body in Notting Hill earlier this year, a place that describes itself as 'a top-to-toe topiary service and pampering enclave' with naked male and female busts in the window complete with small, tactically positioned privet bushes.   

    The tongue-in-cheek 'gardening' theme runs throughout, with snuggly 'Log Cabin' or cosy 'Garden Shed' treatment rooms decorated with clapboard walls and flea-market finds creating relaxing, non-clinical spaces to escape for a wax, pedicure, laser hair removal or tan for both men and women. 

    There's even a 'Writer's Hut' where pedicures take place while listening to an audio-tape - the multitasker's dream.

    P.S. if you like a firm massage ask for the surprisingly strong Erinah.

    Privet Body, 214 Kensington Park Road, London W11 1NR

    Tel: 020 7221 5674