• What to buy

    It was the shoes that lured me into The Elfie Boutique on Chilworth Street. Wizard of Oz-type Mary-Jane's in red sequins. Magic things happen when you wear those kind of shoes.

    But sadly Elfie shoes aren't for grown-up feet. This divine children's shop opened just last month. It's a 3-D incarnation of the popular website that launched just four years ago when sisters Rafaela van der Heyden and Victoria Roper Curzon decided they wanted to create a business together.

    Rafaela had worked in the art world. While Victoria had studied tailoring at London College of Fashion and then got busy having her family of three (Elfie, Ned and Mabel). Victoria couldn't find the kind of spirited but hardy wear to clothe her brood. So childrenswear became the business; clothes with an old fashioned backbone - think double breasted wool coat, corduroy dress, Fair Isle knit - with a hit of British whimsy - a sparkly cape, a woollen hat with ears and of course those sequin shoes. While Victoria designs, Rafaela runs the business side. After a faltering start with a stall on Portobello Road, ("A fantasy," explains Rafaela, "But the reality is cold and miserable,") the pair launched Elfie online. Soon Selfridges and Bobo Kids in Chelsea began stocking the collections. And now the duo have their very own west London flash. The clothes hang from tree-branch rails, there are baskets of toys and the walls are covered in 1950s fairy tale prints. 

    And despite my Ugly Sister attempts at squeezing my foot in the shoe, they're for littl'uns alone. So it'll have to be the grown up Valentino version for me, then…

    P.S. Look out for the new Elfie/Alex Eagle Collaboration that includes a perfect white shirt, reversible dungarees and a jolly red rain coat. 


    The Elfie Boutique, 27 Chilworth Street, London W2 3HA

    Tel: 0207 706 3495

    Elfie offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win an Elfie child's outfit (worth £150).

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  • What to know

    Camley Street natural park, cash machines offering 'Cockney' as your preferred language and Wilton's - the world's oldest music hall… London is full of secrets.

    Add to the list, no. 3 Grafton Street. Built in 1767 by The Duke of Grafton and architect Sir Robert Taylor (who was later appointed architect for the Bank of England), the space is open to the public for the first time in years with an arts program curated by de Pury de Pury and collector and patron Kasia Kulczyk. Currently showing is the work of one of Poland's most important living artists, 92 year old Wojciech Fangor, the only Polish artist to have been given a solo show at the Guggenheim in NYC. The exhibition, Colour Light Space sees thirty of his Op Art works, made during the 60s and 70s, corralled from private collections and shown together in these grand Georgian rooms.

    The huge paintings are exciting, the space is calm and the entire experience a chance for peace and reflection. Just the place to steal a moment away from Bond Street's consuming crowd.

    Wojciech Fangor, Colour Light Space

    Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm until 9th January 2015

    3 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EE

  • Where to eat

    Besides Bill Amberg's stealth-chic leather bags, Dr Frances Prenna Jones' age-stripping facials and charming bookshop Heywood Hill, there's a new reason to visit the squirrelly nook of Mayfair that is Shepherd Market. 

    Kitty Fisher's. It's a restaurant named after the C18th courtesan who once lived here. Not your ordinary lady of the night, Kitty was painted by Joshua Reynolds and famously ate a 1000 guinea bank note on a slice of bread and butter.

    There are no money sandwiches on the menu here. Instead, Burrata with grilled beetroot and clementine, Wild sea bass with mussels, cavolo nero and cider, Ox cheek with potato, sprout tops and spinach. Chef Tomos Parry (winner of 'Young British Foodie Chef of the year - 2014') cooks everything over a specially constructed wood grill. Drinks include Basque-style gin and tonic, Overnight Bloody Mary and Bad Kitty cocktails. And the only nod to the space's louche former use are red fringed lampshades amongst the wood-paneled basement and berry velvet, buttoned banquettes.

    Kitty Fisher's; the perfect new place to hide from miserable January detoxers.

    Kitty Fisher's, 10 Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QF

    Tel: 020 3302 1161