Suzie is one of Kat and Ella’s great friends.  She lived in Paris for a year and has immersed herself in Parisian culture and fashion. We always love Suzie’s wardrobe! She sketched out her memories of Paris over a latte, and we thought they were too good to keep to ourselves…

Provence rosé at La Palette on Rue de Seine.

Palais de Tokyo is the place for Contemporary art exhibitions.

Brunch at Ladurée on Rue Jacob – I love the St. Germain café – each one has its own unique decor.

Hotel Vernieul on the border of the 6th/7th arrondissement is a very Parisian boutique hotel in the perfect location

Saturday supper: Hotel Amour in the 9th arrondissement – owned by the Baron group, the décor is charming and the atmosphere is great.

Sunday fun: The food market on Rue Cler in the 7th is a visual feast, then stop for brunch at Café Central.

Splash out: Tea at the Ritz in Place Vendome; save this for a sunny day as sitting on the terrace is a must.

Funky supper: Le Germain in St.Germain – part of the Costes group this place plays amazing music to get you in the mood for dancing!

Shopping: The Space, 21 rue Bonaparte. (Created by my great friend Julia- a fusion of art and fashion par excellence.)

Boutique shopping in the Marais – Rue Vieille du Temple is picturesque and is the place to go for famous French brands, (Zadig & Voltaire, Les Kooples, Sandro, Maje… and oh so many more)

Colette is a concept store on St.Honoré – not to be missed, it’s a Parisian landmark.

Gastro supper: La Réglade on rue St. Honoré: book well in advance. Whilst there are only a couple of things on the menu – each dish is amazing.

For ambiance: Hotel Costes on Rue St.Honoré is the ultimate in Parisian chic.

Chill out: The Anne Fontaine Spa is a boutique spa that can only be described as a haven. Another favourite are Les bains du Marais – described as a ‘temple dedicated to beauty and well-being’ – need I say anymore?

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Rosh, a friend of Kat and Ella’s, is a top jewellery designer. She has a great artistic eye (watch this space on this young Oxford graduate she is a shooting star!). We pinned her down and asked her about her hunt for the perfect macaroon and her macaroon cookery course:

“I am obsessed with macaroons. No word of a lie. I suppose my love affair began whilst I was living in Paris in 2010. Of course, my journey began at the mecca of it all – Ladurée, the Parisian institution dotted around the city in shades of art-deco green and gilded lettering. Dainty and delicate, rose tea with a chocolate macaroon on a balmy spring afternoon, and a hot chocolate and a rose-infused macaroon to escape the sharp winter air. As my initial fling turned into a more serious relationship, I stumbled upon Pierre Hermé with his creative flavor combinations – passion fruit enveloped in a sugar and almond shell? Yes please! Dark chocolate and a hint of basil? Why not?”

However, it was upon returning to London that my friends began to intervene – my passion was getting out of hand; they politely asked if I could please stop posting photos of my macaroon-making course on Facebook. Yes, I dragged my family to a Christmas macaroon course in London. It was an invaluable skill, I argued, pretty much essential. Pistachio, chocolate, and rose – a trio of delight!

My quest for the perfect macaroon has taken me from green-tea flavours in London’s Yautcha, to the little boulangerie on the bottom of my road in Paris (Rue des Rosiers)… no doubt this delicious little quest will not be over for some time yet! I’ll keep you posted Kat and Ella!

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A magical ballroom in a Swiss Palace, surrounded by snow-peaked mountains… a Moorish Palace in Spain…an ultra-chic design hotel in London…the list is endless. We’ve spent many a night partying in all of the above! Kat and Ella can throw together cocktails for your birthday, caterers to whip up scrumptious canapés, and put together your invitations… leaving you to choose the guests and enjoy the occasion. Contact Kat and Ella for the perfect birthday party or wedding venue.

James, an artist and writer, took some time out to sketch out London for Kat and Ella (www.katandella.com), as he knows and loves it… there are no cliche addresses or predictable tourist traps in this portrait:

“Take the Thames river bus from Parliament to Canary Wharf to experience how twisty the Thames is; when there, go into the lobbies of all the big banks and law firms as they have amazing art collections. Then walk down to The Gun pub for great food and beautiful river views.

Whilst The River Cafe is a great setting their ex-head chef now has a restaurant on Bermondsey Street SE1. It’s called Zucca: the food is the best, the minimalist decor is very cool and the staff are wonderful.

After lunch or before dinner take a stroll along the Embankment for views of Butler’s Wharf and Tower Bridge. Two minutes away from Zucca is the new White Cube Gallery that is also uber-cool.

If in Soho pop into any of the galleries there and get a free copy of Galleries Magazine – take yourself on a tour, following the map and discovering all the little tucked away galleries…Lazarides, Riflemaker, Jill George etc.

Lunch in Soho is really a spoilt-for-choice affair but I really like oysters and crab at Randall & Aubin with it’s cafe-style wall seating. Best of all is Bocca di Lupo for amazing authentic artizan Italian. Not for the squeamish as all animal parts are cooked. Over the road is their Gelateria where the Coffee and Ice Creams are delicious (including the Pigs Blood Ice Cream, which is surprisingly good!). If you are meaty like me then St John’s Soho is a must too.

For movies I would always recommend any Curzon Cinema (Mayfair and Soho both have a great bar and lounge) Unusual movie venues are The Garrison on Bermondsey Street (also a bar and restaurant upstairs) which is quite unusually decorated with pine tables and chintzy curtains in a sort of Alice in Wonderland, mad way! The Covent Garden Hotel on Monmouth Street also has a screening room and is a great hotel to boot. Do go over the road to Monmouth Coffee Shop as they have some really interesting beans from small estates (fincas) across the world. The Electric Cinema on Portobello is pretty good too and you can wine and dine while you watch the flick there.

Three hotels I really like are: Hazletts in the city, The Portobello Hotel (amazing bathrooms and beds) and The Zetter Townhouse. I like them as they are all like townhouses used to be in style and decoration. The Grazing Goat in Marylebone is the same, and the food is fantastic.

A little like Soho but more cutting edge for fashion, design, art galleries, bookshops is the whole village around Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC1. Magazines such as Frieze were born there and the Royal College of Fashion is there. Again, just have a walk around and see what you find! There are cafes and restaurants aplenty: for dinner, check out The Rivington Grill, Book Club, CAMP, Boundary Rooftop or Hawksmoor. If you’re after a drink, Callooh Callay is a must – with great art.

An afternoon in Piccadilly should definitely include gallery-hopping. Personal favourites include Hamiltons Photographic Gallery, Haunch Of Venison Gallery, White Cube St James’ and Hauser & Wirth. While you’re there it would be hard not to have a walk down Jermyn Street just to feast your eyes on walls of shirts, monogrammed velvet slippers and gold shaving kits….oh, and Paxton and Whitfield cheese larder! Coffee and cake in Franco’s cafe is really good and while Laduree in Burlington Arcade is good for brightly coloured sweet things! (Mind you, their coffee is not as much fun!) Davidoff is in the vicinity for the worlds finest tobacco products. If it’s getting late and you’re flagging, the cocktail bar in Brown’s Hotel on Dover Street will sort you out and they give you delicious canapes with each drink (to stop you falling over).

Book shopping is a delight in Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street and again that little village is a food and drink haven with galleries and my favourite small Paul Smith shop all grouped together. There is a Farmers’ Market there on a Sunday with loads of things cooked fresh if you fancy a street snack. (I prefer it to Borough Market which can become a real fight to get around.)

Clothes-wise I am a creature of impulse. Vivienne Westwood off Old Bond Street is always fun but Selfridges gets me back time and again for lazy male all under one roof browsing.

The restaurant that is really something is Galvin La Chapelle (St. Botolph’s Hall in Spital Square London E1) The food there is wonderful, a bit fussy, but amazing. The rooms are visually stunning and it is like eating in a cathedral with suspended mezzanine floors and stained glass windows. Modern and slick in a historic setting. Spital Square is dotted with interesting public sculptures and the Market on the other side of the square is great for just about anything.” (James Maconochie http://www.saatchiart.com/jmac127)

Kat and Ella certainly love all of his suggestions, and we hope you will too! Contact Kat & Ella www.katandella.com for a bespoke photography trail,vintage trail, food trail or any other London adventures.

 

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Chopsticks & the City (www.chopsticksandthecity.com) is written by an Asia based lifestyle journalist, who lived in London for over twenty years and still visits regularly. Kat visited her at her new home in the Far East. They chatted about London days..here are G’s top 5 tips. Enjoy!

1. Walking along the Thames – but away from Central London.

Beginning at Putney Bridge (starting point for the Oxford and Cambridge boat race) and heading west takes in lovely, leafy views and plenty of life on the river. After a three hour walk you’ll be rewarded with a stop at charming Richmond village but a much shorter jaunt of 45 minutes will get you to pretty Barnes.

2. Lounging in private member’s clubs.

Inside the old establishment clubs of Pall Mall and St James’s you’ll get a true sense of traditional London – stunning architecture, exclusive atmopshere and fascinating people watching. Unbeatable.

3. Picking up foodie treats in Maltby Street.

Up until recently a rundown area of East London, now a foodie paradise. Visit Neal’s Yard Dairy for cheese and St John’s bakery for bread and doughnuts. On nearby Bermondsey Street renowned Spanish chef Jose Pizarro hasa couple of great restaurants.

4. Meandering around Mayfair.

The network of streets between Bond Street and Park Lane; Picadilly and Oxford Street, are a joy to wander around. The beautiful Georgian buildings, garden squares, quaint pubs and interesting stores and restaurants make it my favourite part of London.

5. Eating a Sunday roast, although it’s one of the biggest cliches. Stick to the classics and order a joint of beef, roast potatoes and yorkshire pudding with a robust bottle of red wine followed by a sticky crumble of some sort and cream. You can’t go wrong at Hix or Hawksmoor (both have various branches in the City and central London).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kat and Ella love Hong Kong, a spectacular city where east meets west. Here are our top five tips for Hong Kong:

1. Book a ride on this majestic junk for some of the best views of the city.

2. We love tea time at the Mandarin Oriental for their array of spectacular cakes.

3. Dimsum at Maxim’s Palace at City Hall.

4. Shopping for Antiques along the Hollywood Road.

5. Drive to Stanley beach for beautiful views of the beach and outlying islands.

 

Contact Kat & Ella for a European adventure www.katandella.com.

 

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Out and about with Kat and Ella: Portobello in the snow, Spring and time for cocktails in Paris, Summer arrives and check out that new party dress or kaftan for the beach and autumnal hues in the parks of London.