fenwick affogato
For all the times I have visited Bond & Brook I am rather ashamed to say that, until this week, I had no idea Fenwick also had an Affogato Bar under it’s designer wings.

A best kept secret by any fashionista’s standards, The Affogato Bar is tucked away in a quiet corner on the third floor at Fenwick Bond Street and conveniently overlooks designer favourites including Orla Kiely. Modelled on an original Milanese coffee bar, their celebrated namesake are their Affogatos (espresso poured onto a scoop of vanilla ice cream) though their fresh mint teas, juices (apple and ginger, in particular), and light bites are what happened to beckon me up a floor from Bond & Brook.

H Forman’s and Son smoked salmon plate was the catch of the day for me and included sliced smoked Scottish salmon with herb cream cheese and capers, lemon cheeks and toasted soldiers. When paired with a few glasses of champagne, a girly catch-up, and a slice of rich chocolate cake to finish, both the salmon plate and my dining partner’s ‘salad of the day’ offered wonderfully simple and light sustenance among our naughtier lunch choices. Molto buono.

fenwick affogato
fenwick affogato
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bond and brook
When invited to dine in Fenwick Bond Street, a lady certainly does not decline. That is why I was thrilled to spend an afternoon at Bond and Brook – Fenwick’s second floor eatery and lovechild of the rhubarb family.

Upon arrival, I felt immediately at home. Right in front of our table was an enormous version of the fifth photo in my “Best of Tumblr – Chandeliers”, which happens to be one of my favourite photos of all time.

And the food and drink certainly matched it’s setting. Starting with a glass of champagne and some fresh apple juice, I perused through their delicious-sounding offerings (seriously, look at the menu) and settled on a three course set menu.

My boyfriend did the same, as our starter – an intricate place which showcased carpaccio of beef – was exactly our taste. Nothing but the loveliest, simplest flavours expertly combined.

From then on, our tastes shifted to completely different dishes. He opted for a creamy main of chicken, biscuits (the American kind… without the lackluster American flavour), and mushrooms, while I settled for a perfectly portioned – but loaded – fine fish omelette.

Then, waistlines expanding, came dessert. For The Boy With A Taste for Cake, a generous lemon creation that had an incredible, colourful zest. For The Girl Who Believes Fruit Negates Excess, a delectable serving of poires belle helene.

Finished with a richly crafted latte and a small serving of M&Ms (charmingly coloured in Pantone PMS 245), I believe this is probably the most delicious – and enormous! – meal I have had in over 3 months. Chic, understated quality all round.

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Vogue Fashions Night Out Shirt

Tee designed for Vogue Fashions Night Out in London

The itinerary thus far for September 8th, 2010 in London is as follows.

Mulberry: It’ll be a lively night at Mulberry’s Bond Street store with SingStar karaoke, face-painting on the first floor and a live DJ busting tunes on the ground floor. Refreshments will be provided in the form of pies, Prosecco and beer for the boys.

Manolo Blahnik: Following an appearance at Liberty, Manolo will be at his Old Church Street store signing shoes. Try your luck at winning a pair from the autumn/winter 2010 collection.

Matthew Williamson: The British label will be teaming up with chic Moroccan restaurant Momo to transform the Bruton Street store into a Moroccan Souk, complete with a Gnawa music group, Moroccan-inspired drinks and canapés for guests. All guests visiting the store that evening will have the opportunity to enter a competition to win covetable front row tickets to the Williamson’s London Fashion Week show in September. Matthew will also be making an appearance with a mystery star guest.

Liberty: The iconic British store will launch Manolo Blahnik’s World of Manolo pop-up shop selling an array of exclusive products including candles, shoehorns and chocolates. The mini boutique will also feature a bespoke bar with drinks named after his chic designs. Also, to celebrate Liberty’s new scarf room opening, the store will be hosting styling classes and mini-fashion shows showing customers how to wear their scarf.

John Lewis: Jewellery designer Alex Monroe will be at the store, offering up his top jewellery secrets and tips whilst showing off the autumn/winter collection. The action kicks off at 6.30pm until 7.15pm.

Jaeger: Peruse the label’s Fashion Through the Decades exhibition showcasing Jaeger’s fashion trends since its founding in 1884. Enjoy music from Cozette while sipping on a cocktail or two.

Harvey Nichols: Head to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge where designers including Erdem, Christopher Kane and Martin Grant will be on hand to customise the Fashion’s Night Out charity T-shirts and tote bags on sale in store. The first floor will create an old-fashioned haberdashery area where designers will help you jazz up your piece. Have a picture taken with your favourite designer in one of the store’s photo booths. In Manchester, the store will host a variety of designer trunk shows or, alternatively, guests can eat a three-course meal while watching the hit fashion film Devil Wears Prada. The Leeds branch will hold a large-scale fashion showcasing autumn/winter’s key looks and trends. View Post