LONDON’S BEST HIDDEN GEMS

by Nicola de Burlet

From unique fashion finds to wonderful wellbeing, these are the hidden gem's of London you NEED to know about! Continue to check back at this space for the most up to date hidden gems!


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WELLBEING

ANATOME

This beautiful wellness store is a trillion percent worth a visit.  The finest essential oil elixirs, vitamins, nutrients in the most gorgeous retro bottles line the walls of this old timber warehouse in Shoreditch.  Browse the book selection and beautifully designed homeware items which are found next to the in-store café which serves coffee, spiced lattes, health snacks and juices.

Speak to the in-store nutritionist who can track your nutrient intake, metabolism function and body composition profile.  Find what your body actually needs to boost your physical and mental well-being and come out all a-glow!

46 Charlotte Road
Shoreditch
London EC2A 3PD

0203 916 0050 Monday to Saturday 10-6pm

www.Anatome.co
Instagram @anatomehealth

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FASHION

ANNA MASON

Having earned her stripes working with some of the best known names in the business from Karl Lagerfeld to Amanda Wakeley she started her own label in 2012 and creates for modern women in real situations – a well placed bow or ruffle makes all the difference whether you are looking for day to day elegance or something for a special occasion. As Anna says “Whether nonchalantly elegant or slyly modest you will always be effortlessly well

dressed in Anna Mason” I couldn’t agree more! 

By appointment only, but well worth it

Monday to Friday 10-6 PM
1st and 2nd Floor
25b Northcote Road
London SW11 1NJ
lejla@AnnaMasonLondon.com
www.annamasonlondon.co.uk
Instagram @AnnaMason
 

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BEAUTY

SHAVATA BROW STUDIO

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Just off Knightsbridge on Beauchamp place near Harrods, Shavata is one of my all time favourites!  Shavata herself is a petite elegant brow genius.  As she expertly puts it “Every room has a focal point, like a fireplace or a painting, which always has a frame around it.  In the same way, eyebrows silently frame your face, bringing out the eyes”. 

 With each client, Shavata takes into account their age and their occupation and the depth of the hair- why? Because everyone is different and lifestyle is also an important factor to consider whether you want a more high maintenance look or something more natural, everything is possible.  Her most popular treatment is eyebrow threading but they also offer tints, lash lifts (yep!) and microblading (a new generation semi-permanent make-up treatment).  What I love here is the personal approach and the results are always immaculate.

www.shavata.co.uk
60 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NZ

 

MORETON PLACE

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Not 5 minutes walk from Pimlico tube station down a lovely villagey street is Moreton Place, a beautiful jewel of a day spa with impeccable design and an impressive catalogue of brands and treatments.   With beautiful treatment rooms, in muted greys and even a secret garden at the back, you feel like you are miles from London and will want to stay all day!

The Moreton place resident facialist and skin expert, Gillian has over 25 years experience in the beauty industry working for some of the best known brands in the world and in her hands your skin will be glowing and dewy in no time.

Must try:  Natura Bisse collagen shock facial a rejuvenating treatment which lifts and firms the skin and minimises fine lines and wrinkles – I am hooked. .

For more information and bookings: 020 7821 1020 or email info@moretonplace.co.uk

Pimlico, 40 Moreton Street, London, SW1V 2PB T



FRAGRANCE

 

LES SENTEURS

Elizabeth Street is becoming quite the shopping destination if you love independent shops that are also visually stunning.  Les Senteurs (The Scented Ones) opened 30 years ago and offers a precious fragrance sanctuary for those looking for their dream perfume. Book in for a personal fragrance consultation and be transported into the evocative world of scent to find your signature perfume or a new favourite from their 350 expertly curated scent collection.  From well-known brands such as Frederic Malle and By Killian to more under the radar brands like Les Indomidables and Homoelegans, there is so much to discover here.

If you get a chance, stop for a chat with renowned perfume archivist James Craven, charming and knowledgeable, you will be sure to find something amazing to tickle your senses at Les Senteurs.

www.lessenteurs.com
71 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PJ

 

JOVOY PERFUME BOUTIQUE

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Take a stroll down Conduit street these days and you will see quite a few new boutiques have sprung up among the firm favourites.

Jovoy is one such gem.  Founded by Francois Henin, the London boutique opened in 2017 with the aim of bringing together an unparalleled selection of fragrances from across the globe in one place and it has definitely delivered. Take your time to browse and allow shop manager Oli Marlow to guide you through the gleaming bottles and intoxicating scents on offer and look out for the Amber Gris in the cabinets downstairs, and maybe they will let you smell it if you ask nicely!

Must try:  the new brand Jeroboam, created by Henin himself which is a collection of 5 fragrances based on different musks – heaven!

More information 020 3903 9970

www.jovoyparis.com

21 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XP



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JEWELLERY

ADOR BY AYESHA

I just discovered this new jewellery designer recently and I am already building up quite a significant wish list!! Started in 2017 by ex-management consultant Ayesha Malhotra, this is a unique selection of handcrafted luxury gemstone jewellery set in silver or brass, gold plated and perfect for everyday wear or for a special occasion. Topaz, Rose Quartz and Rini stones are mixed with Labradite, Moonstones and Jade.  The pieces are delicate, colourful and true one-offs.  Ayesha says each piece was inspired by the Indian tradition of handing down your most loved jewellery to future generations.  I am particularly in love with the multi-stone cocktail rings and the Chandelier Topaz earrings as worn by the gorgeous Rachel Shenton at the Oscars this year so I won’t be handing anything down just yet!

Catch her at her pop-up shop NOW at 7b Kensington Church Street W8 4LF or at www.adorbyayesha.com

 

 

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MENSWEAR

MR START

How I love Shoreditch! Once a neglected part of the city, it is now a vibrant, creative hub and well worth a visit.  Take the tube to Shoreditch High Street or Old Street and wander through the small roads lined with thriving independent boutiques.  Mr Start, is one such store, founded by designer Philip Start and currently celebrating 10 years. It brings together a fusion of classic tailoring, chic styling and offers an experience like no other.  Drawing inspiration from French films of the 1960’s and the street style of Shoreditch it specialises in elegantly styled tailoring, luxurious shirts and hand-crafted knitwear, mixing classic favourites and emerging trends. Talk to Lizzie Walker, the store manager to find the perfect outfit for your London nights out!  

MR START LTD
40 Rivington Street
London
EC2A 3LX
P: +44 20 7729 6272

www.mr-start.com
Instagram @mrstart