Rose Spacemasks launch
The founder of Spacemasks Harriet Inglis, kindly agreed to be featured in our inaugural issue and we were intrigued to hear there was an exciting hush hush new product on the horizon. That news was made official last month when Harriet launched the limited edition rose scented version of her stellar self heating Spacemasks and broke the internet. The timing couldn’t be better in Breast Cancer Awareness month to tell you that Spacemasks.com is working with The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and will donate £1 for every box sold. This is a charity close to Harriet’s heart as she sadly lost her mother to breast cancer at a young age. There are five masks in a box which costs £15, they self heat on opening and have helped suffers of migraines, headaches and provided respite for many with sleep issues. They also make fantastic, dare we say that word, Christmas presents! The Spacemask pictured was gifted but we’ve tried, bought and paid for original Spacemasks - they’re amazing, we’d use one every night of the week if we could!
Saturday lunch at Harlequin
Back in August we finally made it to Harlequin, which opened at 194 Wandsworth Bridge Road in December 2018. We were there for an indulgent dinner with a friend from East London who wanted to check out the next restaurant from the team behind Nest in her urban village. After stints at The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms, Chef James Erasmus serves his own food with a monthly changing set menu inspired by the British seasons and James’ ancestral roots of South Africa; dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice.
After getting over the odd table height and the rambunctious Made in Chelsea crew who were also in that evening, including Jamie Laing (pre Strictly Come Dancing injury) , it was all up from there. The menu was stunningly presented and thought out, the Prawns with Red Pepper Romesco and the Braised Herdwick Lamb Shoulder were our stand out favourites.
The good news is that Harlequin has now opened it’s doors for lunch on Saturdays. The Lunch Set Menu (£30) for October is Salad of Romaine lettuce with Gribiche and Chickpea Dressing, a choice of either - Roast Cod with Aubergine, Samphire and Crispy Chicken Skin or Cumbrian Rose Veal with Mieliepap, Carrots and Roast Onions, Peacan and Pumpkin Pie with Amarula Ice cream. The five course evening set menu (£45) includes a Homemade Crumpet with Marmite Butter and Smoked Ham Hock to start and both main courses. If you fancy a real gastronomic treat in a local neighbourhood restaurant we can’t recommend Harlequin enough. To make an on line booking visit https://www.harlequinrestaurant.co.uk/ Not gifted Urban Village LDN paid for this meal
Child’s Play Opens
Child’s Play has opened it’s second branch on 181 New King’s Road where Cuckoo Hibou used to be. Spa rooms have been added and their timetable of activities includes classes by Caterpillar Music, Little Dance Academy Hip Hop & Ballet, Amanda’s Action Club and The Little London Music School. There are supervised play sessions and a series of upcoming events.
On 7 October Child’s Play are holding a wellness morning from 9 am to 11.30 am when you can enjoy a complimentary hot drink, sample vegan certified and gluten free skincare products by Arbonne and finish the morning with a 30 min pilates class taught by a musculoskeletal therapist and APPI mat level 3 pilates instructor; sounds like a great way to start the week. Booking required (£5 ticket) with limited spaces.
There is also a Pumpkin making workshop on October 31 from 4 - 6 pm.
Create Crew camp debut: 21 - 15
Create Crew Performing Arts will be opening the doors to their debut camp on 21 -25 at All Saints Primary School and is suitable for children aged 5 - 11. Create Crew welcomes all abilities and offers kids the chance to pursue a career in the performing arts or to simply learn confidence boosting singing, dancing and acting skills. They say their team not only teaches children how to perform on stage but shows them how build a variety of skills including how to work as a team.
Kanburi Thai spa opens
We haven’t yet been ourselves, but Urban Village LDN picked up great reviews on the Fulham grapevine about this new Thai spa so we decided to investigate. We took a look at their web-site which tells us that after establishing and running a successful Thai Spa in Munich, Germany for several years, Leon Wasan Ruhl has “a passion for the culture and heritage of his native Thailand” and created the Kanburi Thai Spa to bring a flavour of South East Asia to London. The interiors certainly look like they have done just that: red painted walls, Thai fixtures and exotic flowers. We’ve heard the staff “are so nice and friendly” and that the therapists are “well qualified” and certified by Thailand’s Ministry of Health. One resident said “my husband and I have both been and were very impressed (no link to the business)”.
Pampering and healing treatments include body wraps, scrubs and warm oil massages. There is is special introductory offer for their opening: 25% off all treatments and gift vouchers if booked and paid for by 31 October 2019 (to be taken by 31 December).