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The May Fair Spa

Nestled within the prestigious May fair Hotel the Spa at the May fair immerses you into a tranquil oasis of relaxation.

State of the art facilities such as full use of the herbal sauna and three different shower sensations are just some of the benefits guests can look forward to when booking in for a treatment. I normally allow an hour prior to treatment to make use of the extensive relaxation room which really allows you to make the most of some much needed down time.

Using Espa products, The May fair Spa offers an unparalleled list of treatments, body scrubs and wraps to name a few. The Moroccan cleansing treatment is quite popular amongst couples and involves lathering yourself (or each-other) in mineral muds and salts before relaxing in a private steam chamber. The therapists here also specialise in tailor made massage, guests can choose Swedish or aromatherapy techniques.

Open daily from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 10pm at weekends.

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Lima Floral Does Brunch

Lima Floral sits proudly on the trendy side of Covent Garden, situated on the stylish Garrick Street, the Peruvian restaurant and bar now offers a weekend brunch offering. In keeping with it's contemporary take on Peruvian food, the two options focus on native dishes and ingredients adding a twist to a traditional breakfast.

For an earlier meal, the Andean breakfast served until 12.30pm features breakfast classics such as cereal and quinoa porridge to start and a suckling pig brioche bun for mains to name a few.

Those looking for a slightly more extensive menu should go for the long lunch option, running throughout the day it's perfect as a weekend treat and is a great cure for the night before. Designed with a sharing concept in mind, the starters are bought out to share, small plates of appetising ceviches and the tuna tiradito Lima is so well known for are amongst the selection.

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Scone Palace

A trip to the Scottish Highlands wouldn't be the same without a visit to Scone Palace, named the top rural tourist destination in Scotland, the palace sits proudly in the area of Perth and Kinross and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.

The history of the enchanted palace dates back centuries and it's the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, with many of the original period features still in place, Scone Palace offers a breathtaking insight into Scottish history.

As well as the tourist attraction, the palace is also becoming increasingly popular as a wedding and events venue.

Other highlights of the grounds include the 5 star self catering rooms available to book on site (for up to 6 guests) and the in house café offering homemade scones and tea.

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A Taste Of The Riviera At Rivea

Rivea is the latest London venture from the renowned Alain Ducasse, located within the Bulgari Hotel, the Knightsbridge restaurant serves French and Italian plates in a contemporary and vibrant setting.

Popular with locals and hotel guests alike, Rivea exudes glamour; the chic interiors and immaculately dressed staff compliments the relaxed ambience of the restaurant. Set against a backdrop of coastal blue and mahogany tones, the dining room occupies the basement floor whilst a trendy cocktail bar is upstairs.

The seasonally changing menu champions French and Italian plates and takes inspiration from Ducasse's travels in the regions of Italy and Provence. Best served shared, the menu is devised of starters, larger plates, little bites and desserts, I’d suggest ordering around 4-5 dishes per person for an evening meal.

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The South Kensington Club

The South Kensington Club is a member's club in the heart of South Kensington offering state of the art amenities and an oasis for it's members to relax and socialise. Originally the Pineapple Dance Studios, the building was more recently the infamous Harrington Club before its acquisition by Luca Del Bono (also known for RussianMind favourite Mari Vanna) who has since revamped it creating a home away from home.

Unparalleled facilities such as London's only Watsu Pool and Russian Banyans are only the beginning of the well being that SKC aims to deliver to its members. Two gym spaces and the very latest equipment adorn the floors here, personalised training programmes and yoga classes can be tailored to each member's needs. Those wishing to hire the gym privately can do so and invite friends to join in on the fun when hosting private classes. For those looking to relax, the club boasts its own bathhouse, complete with a Hammam and treatment rooms.

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Dining Meets Art at The Portrait

The Portrait Restaurant is situated on the third floor of the National Portrait Gallery, home to the largest collection of portraiture in the world. The restaurant boasts spectacular views of London's iconic landmarks and is situated just off St Martins Lane.

In July 2015, the restaurant launched a Ciros Club inspired menu to run alongside the Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon exhibition celebrating the 65th Anniversary of this Hollywood siren appearing at Ciros (a lively London hotspot now home to the National Portrait's Study Room). When Miss Hepburn first performed at this vibrant venue, the original menu flaunted cocktails and an oyster and snack bar. In recognition of this, the Portrait was delighted to create a menu of champagne cocktails which includes Runiart Rose Champagne with rose pearls and tantalising snacks such as veal and ricotta meatballs.

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Top To Toe Pampering at Urban Retreat

World renowned Urban Retreat is located on the 5th floor of Harrods in Knightsbridge, the day spa offers head to toe pampering and is the perfect place to take some much needed down time.

Having undergone a major refurbishment last year, the treatment rooms and salon are the height of sophistication, think antique styled mirrors and plush violet seating. More recently, Urban Retreat has also expanded and now features a state of the art Moroccan Hammam giving clients the chance to indulge in the facilities when booking a hammam treatment.

An extended retail space is also housed at the front and back of the reception with exclusives from some of the most coveted beauty brands in the world, Crème De La Mer and Dr Murad to name a few. As part of the refurbishment a new make-up studio was also introduced and trained make up artists on hand to recommend products and to do quick fixes on the go.

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Dr Mervyn Patterson On Botox

Dr Mervyn Patterson is widely recognised as one of the leading practitioners in aesthetic medicine in the country, he alongside Dr Hilary Allan has established the Woodford Medical Group to be one of the finest clinic groups in the world.

Constantly at the forefront of the industry, Dr Patterson continues to pioneer the latest in aesthetic treatments with a standard of excellence both in results and client care.

Dr Patterson specialises in botox, the procedure is becoming increasingly popular amongst men and women of all ages. As we approach the peak of summer it's the perfect time to consider the treatment and the results can be a flawless looking complexion.

I managed to catch him at the flagship London branch of Woodford Medical, on the prestigious Upper Wimpole Street to get some answers on the long-standing myths surrounding botox treatments and tips for those thinking to try it.

At what age would you generally recommend to start having Botox of the face?

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Matthew David Bespoke Hairdressing

World-renowned hairstylist Matthew David founded his bespoke hair salon in the heart of London’s Mayfair and it now stands as one the most prestigious salons in the world. His team of skilled stylists and technicians offer a bespoke approach to hairdressing creating looks tailored to each individual client.

The salon typically attracts royalty, celebrities and models, Matthew’s dynamic approach to cutting have seen global demand of his capable hands and he has transformed some of the most iconic men and women to date.

The state of the art salon is housed over two floors with the main salon on the ground floor overlooking Duke Street and a basement floor offering a VIP suite and men’s barbering services with Grace Soszka.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, Matthew David Bespoke taking bookings from 9am-6pm, however, they are happy to accommodate appointments to suit your schedule.

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Chutney Mary reopens In Mayfair

The legendary Chutney Mary has departed from it's home in Chelsea and moved to a fabulous new location in the heart of Mayfair. Over the past 25 years the famed Indian restaurant has become firmly established as one of the finest eateries on London's dining scene and now the reopened restaurant has been re-imagined and features a new menu of authentic cuisine with a modern twist.

Set against the glamorous backdrop of St James street, the decadent new space exudes glamour and features a stylish lounge bar with the main dining room towards the back of the restaurant and a further two private dining rooms on the lower floor.

The menu has been reinvented since the move and offers a seasonally changing contemporary take on classic Indian food. Devised into sharing plates and larger main courses, the concept is best enjoyed when dishes are shared, the smaller plates are great as an alternative to traditional starters.