There was a point a few years back, when Heals turned into just another shop selling rather pricey designer furniture, rather than being the design pied piper for Made in Britain craftsmanship we all know and celebrate. I am very glad to report that Heals is back on spectacular form and embracing its heritage and individulity beautifully with the Modern Craft Market and a cornucopia of delights from plundering the archives for granny’ vintage cabinets and sideboards – to the new café which does a damn fine Devon crab fishcake. Go marvel at the Arabian carpets department, with its vibrant, many-coloured rugs with stories to tell in every thread. Upcycling has never been quite so groovy. It’s enough to make me want to take a magic carpet ride right over the rooftops.
For more information on what’s happening at Heals, click here.
15th April – The Workbench Silver ring making workshop – 12- 13.30pm, £55.00
16th April – Katharina Eisenkock, Leather & Concrete workshop – 11am- 12.30pm, £15.00
18th-20th April – Ted Wood Hang up Lamp Demo – 12- 2.30pm & 5-7pm
1st of June – The Art of Table Setting with Georg Jensen
Visit England’s former capital, and visit the city voted the best place to live in Britain. A city oozing royal stardust, a great cathedral, lush water meadows, vibrant chocolate café and Jane Austen….To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, Winchester is dusting of its royal connections, and inviting you to take an interactive #salfie tour, with a statue of King Alfred the Great; or you could snap up an interactive history quiz tour trail with dashing TV historian Dan Snow and don’t miss thespians Dame Sian Phillips and Tim Piggot Smith recreating famous moments in royal history at The Royal Throne event on April 24th.
To find out about all the Royal Birthday events in 2016, click here.
Never mind the bicycle! The Ethical Hedonist is coveting a proper, capacious ‘Dorothy’ handbag in characterful leather from Hill & Ellis. They even have bags named Bryon and Professor, just the thing for the freewheeling intellectuals amongst our readers. When Catherine Ellis couldn’t find a bag she was happy to cycle to work with as a television producer, there was nothing for it, she decided to design her own. Each Hill & Ellis bag is handcrafted in Hackney, with beautiful leathers from Holland and waterproof covers from Dorset. We can’t stop admiring the elegant shapes, colourful designs and the idea of beauty laced with practicality.
Secretly, we admit it might be the fact that a satchel makes us feel four six and three quarters again. Don’t tell anyone. Each bag comes with its own waterproof cover, and clips in an instant onto your bike. Nothing makes us happier than to see the return of a seriously, handsome bag that would make us look like we know what we are doing with the accountant, and could literally go from bike to the boardroom, and on to a night eating posh fish n chips at J Sheekey.
To visit Hill & Ellis, click here.
I never understood the fuss about green tea, until I discovered the clean, light, vibrant delights of Matcha Green Tea. Now I can’t begin the day without a cup of this grassy, emerald elixir of life. Pukka Herbs have launched three new green teas, perfect for spring cleaning your body – Ginseng Matcha Green, Mint Match Green and Sweet Vanilla Green and our favourite, Clean Match Green replaces Clean Green Matcha tea. Sebastian Pole, the founder and tea smith at Pukka Herbs, is an alchemist with herbs, plants and flowers. He has that rate ability to create declious, health-giving teas that taste vibrant and delicious, and offer health benefits stretching back 4,000 years, when it is reputed that Emperor Shennong first made fermented green tea,prized for its ability to detoxify and rejuvenate the body. This nature loving sage and ruler was renowned for his interest in herbal medicine and farmers markets too. Visit the Ethical Hedonist Magazine fairtrade, organic producers’ shop to stock up on Pukka Green Tea.
How about a night of live music, meeting new people, and grazing on quirky food to an eclectic backdrop with tea pots hanging from the roof and feeling like you’ve stumbled into your aunty’s sitting room? Then hotfoot over to Qbic Kitchen and dining room, a eco-friendly hotel and buzzing local hangout just minutes from Brick Lane. Qbic has temed up with top music PR Charmfactory for their 10th birthday celebrations. Featuring 17-year-old songstress Joy Crookes, who has a frank, sophisticated, theatrical style. She will be unleashing her sophisticated debut single ‘New Manhattan’. Plus hotly-tipped indie band, the Sloes, expect dark, brooding lyrics clashed with unexpected strings. And Scottish boyband Jackil, whose tight and loud pop sounds are influenced by Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac and Quincy Jones. The good news – it’s free! But if you want to be there, book now here.
P.S. They’ll also be showcasing local artist Andrew Millar’s work in the Qbic Kitchen – and you can buy his prints on the night.
We have fallen in love with Neue London, a conscious fashion house with a perfectly nuanced mix of whimsical, botanical prints and clean, effortless, New York tailoring. The prints are so bold, pretty and lifelike, it’s like wearing a garden close to our hearts. The designer behind this exciting new ethical luxury fashion house is the delightfully sounding Alice Tibble, a graduate of The London College of Fashion. Alice has worked for Calvin Klein and Catherine Malandrino. Just look at Alice’s flower power prints for Spring/Summer 2016! They are are so wearable. The perfect capsule wardrobe for effortless summer dressing. Alice tells us she is inspired by nature, botanical illustrations and natural forms. This young fashion house champions local production and ethical materials including the softest, breathable silk. Just the thing for wearing a garland of loveliness in the city.