• What to know

    I've learnt the hard way, that thinking ahead is key - particularly after an excessively fun weekend. 

    So on return from the launch of Soho House Istanbul (more on that below), a large silver box from Botanic-Lab was waiting for me. Inside was a series of juices that I hoped was going to make me feel human again.

    Botanic-Lab is the brainchild of former financier Rebekah Hall and chef Christophe Reissfelder who has used his knowledge and understanding of food and its impact on human health to create a series of cold-pressed juices which nutritionist and Eat. Nourish. Glow. author Amelia Freer has described as 'the most sophisticated juices in town.'

    Using organic ingredients and other peppy enhancers including schisandra, turmeric and matcha, the juices are divided into programs including Cleanse, Immunity, Sports or Recovery. No prizes for guessing which program I plumped for.

    Sure enough, after a day of sipping Botanic-Lab Recovery Program juices including Isotonic (a blend of medical grade charcoal, raw cane, raw Japanese yuzu and lemon for a vitamin C hit), my Saturday night Istanbul shenanigans (which were a little hazy anyway) were but a distant memory. 


    Botanic-Lab offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a Botanic-Lab program (worth £150).  Botanic-Lab also offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers a 15% discount for all on-line orders until 31st May 2015. 

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  • What to see

    Spending three years making pictures from plasticine as an adult, might sound like arrested development. But besides the medium's nursery-school connotations, there's nothing childlike about Henry Hudson's new show.

    Entitled  The Rise and Fall of Young Sen - The Contemporary Artist's Progress the show is a modern rendering of William Hogarth's satirical series A Rake's Progress. But instead, the star of Hudson's cautionary tale is Sen, whose story begins in rural China before he becomes hot on the international art scene and (inevitably?) descends into a pit of drugs, vice and general darkness.

    Painting with plasticine was originally borne out of financial need rather than a need to be different. The artists Hudson admired early in his career included Kossoff and Auerbach and their almost sculptural, impasto style of layering oil paint. But oil paint is expensive. So Hudson got busy with plasticine. 

    With collectors including Jay JoplingMario Testino and Mark Hix, Henry Hudson's show at Sotheby's sold out on this week's opening night. So while there's no buying possibilties, just go and look at the pictures and marvel at the elaborate compositions, painterly skill and cheeky modern narrative.

    Henry Hudson: The Rise and Fall of Young Sen - The Contemporary Artist's Progress until 29th May

    Sotheby's S/2 Gallery, 31 St. George Street, London W1S 2FJ


  • Where to go

    To Istanbul, the only city in the world to straddle two continents (Europe and Asia), for the opening of the latest creation from the Soho House group. And it doesn't disappoint. 

    In the thick of this hustling city, rich with architecture, history and a thriving economy, Soho House have created a slick members club with bedrooms in four buildings dotted around a pretty garden terrace. The most spectacular of these is the C19th Italian palazzo The Corpi building, which became the US Embassy in 1906. Against a backdrop of stunning restored Italian frescoes, soaringly high ceilings and sweeping marble staircases, creative Soho House members meet, eat, drink and play (massive sharing work tables become ping pong tables after 6pm).

    Hop onto the roof for a spot of sunbathing at one of two rooftop pools with views over the Bosphorous, get stuck into some indulgent massage and hammam action at the Cowshed Spa or flop into a velvet armchair and watch a movie in the massive screening room. Dinner under the twinkling lights of the open air Mandolin Terrace is a must, for Turkish mezze and kebabs. Otherwise head to the new Cecconi's or tuck-in to a great burger or quinoa salad in the endless warren of club rooms. The bedrooms (which can be booked by non-members) are housed in both a newly built glass building or the annex, and span from Tiny rooms to a massive Apartment with a grand piano, wrap-around terrace and bubbling jacuzzi. (My favourite is the Playroom with high ceilings, pretty cornicing with a bathroom housed in a mirrored cube in the middle.) The Soho House design trademarks are all here; snuggly beds, free-standing bath tubs, low level sexy lighting alongside hits of Turkish flavor including ikat cushions and local tiles. 

    With the group soon to be offering their own furniture range to members and opening Soho Farmhouse, set in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside in July, there has never been a better time to become a Soho House member.