• 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


  • What to buy

    Mary McCartney's 30,000+ instagram followers are familiar with her fresh, exciting and often amusing images. And in particular her #someone series of random people captured, whenever her curiosity is piqued.

    But for those who like something more substantial, specifically the heavy weight of a tome upon their knee, Mary's new book Monochrome & Colour was published last week. The two-parter is a collation of nearly 300 images, taken between 1990 and the early 2000s, many of which have never been seen before. The images haven't been commissioned, so with no brief and no client to please, this body of work is McCartney's heart and soul and eyes at their purest. 

    Whether it's a shot of models backstage before a show, dancers on a fag break, a mysterious snow scene, or an old couple tanning, the image implies more than the photograph. Mary's print may just be a captured moment. But it's also a tiny part of a bigger narrative. A single frame from a life story. Which is what, I believe, makes McCartney's photographs, something you can never tire of looking at.

    Mary McCartney, Monochrome & Colour, £75