Crown & Glory Pop-Up at Anges de Sucre

Anges de Sucre on Holland Street – the local sweetshop that was voted the best café or coffee shop in Kensington in the 2014 Timeout Loves awards – will be hosting a flower crown pop-up next weekend (Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August 2015) and is inviting people of all ages to come down!

Crown and Glory Pop-Up

Their Crown & Glory #CGCandyshop pop-up will be a fun and creative summer event. You’ll be able to pick out your own flowers to make fantastic, long-lasting flower crown headbands, whilst also munching on Anges de Sucre’s famous and delicious macaroons and cupcakes!

Pick your own custom faux fleurs from the sweet jars and watch the Crown & Glory gang whip up a unique floral crown, fascinator, headband or clip especially for you.

Girls and ladies of all ages can pick up a beautiful accessory for summer that will perfectly compliment their own style. But men won’t be left out – gentlemen, why not pick up a floral beard? For those with furry friends, floral dog collars can also be made!

Crown and Glory Pop-Up

Whatever your age or style, simply select the blooms you like best and get the C&G folks to create your own unique floral masterpiece at a special rate. Whilst they’re working their magic, why not tuck into delicious macaroons and cakes, all freshly baked in store?

The Crown & Glory pop-up is open to all ages and it’s free to explore – just turn up on any of the days! Floral accessories will cost between £10 to £35 to buy, whilst coffees, macaroons and cakes are available for under £5.

Crown & Glory Pop-Up at Anges de Sucre
9am – 7pm, Friday 14th August 2015
9.30am – 7pm, Saturday 15th August 2015
10am – 6pm, Sunday 16th August 2015
1 Holland Street
W8 4NA

Crown and Glory Pop-Up

Pamper yourself with the Kensington Mums events taking place in June!

Yummy mummies in the area will be looking forward to some of the exciting events local website Kensington Mums has planned for June!

First up on 11th June (6pm to 9pm), it’s time for Lingerie Lessons with Kensington Mums. With canapes and drinks provided at the evening, you will receive a personal lingerie fitting as well as the chance to take advantage of 10% off Chantelle Lingerie. Taking place at Chantelle HQ in Berners Street, W1, this will be a fun yet informative evening with lots of help for those of us who’ve struggled with ill-fitting bras (who hasn’t – right, ladies?) and would like some general lingerie advice. There are limited places available for this FREE event, so please book soon by RSVP-ing to with the subject “Chantelle”.

Kensington Mums Events in June

The following week on the 19th June (6pm – 8pm) is the Kensington Mums Pamper Evening with Cosmetech Chelsea, where you can join fellow local mums for an summer evening of pampering and fine food and drink! Kensington Mums have teamed up with Cosemetech Chelsea to offer a private skin care pamper evening – every attendee will receive a complimentary Mini Obagi Facial consultation with the beauty team, plus a complimentary skin peel or microdermabrasion treatment…and lots of other treats! A Dermadart Microneedling demonstration will also take place for you to find out more on this particular treatment. You’ll also be able to tuck into canapes and champagne, meaning it’ll be a blissful night of some refreshing pampering. Once again this event is also FREE, so do please RSVP by emailing very soon!

Kensington Mums Events in June

There’s of course plenty of other exciting and interesting Kensington Mums events taking place in June (including their next Mumthly Talk at Whole Foods Kensington on 6th June) – take a look at their Events calendar here:

And don’t forget to check out all the latest local kids’, mums’ and parents’ news in Kensington in general on!

The first Pop Up Colombia comes to Kings Road, 4th-8th December

The very first Pop Up Colombia will be brightening up Kings Road at the beginning of next month, giving locals and visitors a taste of the country, its food, music, fashion and much more!

Pop Up Colombia

During the five-day pop-up shop, a wide variety of Colombian designers, artists and entrepreneurs will be showcasing and selling their products – including fashion, accessories, jewellery, lighting and furniture.

In particular, Amaranta Creative, the first UK hub for female Colombian artistic talent, has collaborated with four handpicked entrepreneurs – womenswear designer Juliana Correa, artist Veronica Arcila, online eco-boutique owner Claudia Suarez and lighting designer Alejandra Ospina.

Mini workshops will also take place, giving you a taste of Colombian literature, music, film-making, photography and food, with Spanish language classes for children also taking place.

On Thursday 5th December, Colombian author Oscar Guardiola River will be hosting an exclusive reading of his acclaimed new book Story of a Death Foretold – described by the Independent as “an ambitious book with an ambitious agenda, both of which should be applauded” – followed by a book signing.

On Saturday 7th December, there will be a free 100% Colombian coffee tasting with Juan Valdez, in collaboration with Shelton’s Coffee.

Colombia’s traditional Christmas tradition, Dia de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles), will also be celebrated on 7th December. Come and light a candle to celebrate the start of the festive month, and to promote positive energy for the new year ahead. Carajillo cocktails – made of coffee, aguardiente, rum and cinnamon – will be served on that evening in celebration of the Dia de las Velitas.

Pop Up Colombia is being supported by Proexport Colombia, the Colombian government agency for the promotion of tourism, trade and investment.

Shop doors open at 10am daily; for more details on Pop Up Colombia, please see

Come down to this Kings Road this December to discover the hidden gems of Colombia!

Pop Up Colombia
4th – 8th December 2013
632 Kings Road

Designer Sales UK at Chelsea Old Town Hall – Thursday 24th October

Designer Sales UKThe next edition of Designer Sales UK in Chelsea arrives later this month – just in time for all you keen shoppers to get fully stocked up for autumn and winter! Think cosy knitwear, luxurious scarves, stylish winter boots, soft cashmere items…pretty much everything you could need for the upcoming colder months! Of course, there’s plenty for our stylish male readers too – how about a slick new suit to see you into the new year?

Back at its usual Kensington and Chelsea home of Chelsea Old Town Hall on Kings Road, the sale will once again feature designers labels such as Belstaff, See by Chloe, Armani, Aquascutum, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, D&G, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Vivienne Westwood Jewellery, Jaegar, La Fabrique, Lanvin, Prada as well as many others, and plenty of new labels too.

DSUK’s resident stylists will also be on hand to assist any shoppers that need help in finding that extra special piece, as well as being able to dispense out general style advice.

Designer Sales UKThere’s also a VIP Hour before doors open to the public – during which you’ll be able to see all the items first! Tickets to the VIP Hour also include a glass of champagne and a goodie bag full of wonderful treats, worth £75. VIP tickets cost £30 and can only be purchased in advance on the DSUK website.

Designer Sales UK are also currently running a fab competition on their website to win VIP tickets to this sale…as well as a gorgeous designer clutch bag from Shana London! Simply head to their website and answer a simple question to enter.

For more on DSUK and the latest news on other upcoming designer sales in London, don’t forget to also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.



Designer Sales UK
12pm – 8pm, Thursday 24th October 2013
(11am – 12pm, VIP and Press Preview Hour)
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Kings Road

New at home nail salon service in South Ken – introducing Gloss + Polish

Word reaches The Guide to Kensington & Chelsea of a fab new beauty service that is sure to tempt all the busy ladies that live and work in the area – an at home nail salon service!

Gloss + Polish aim to simplify and enhance the whole nail salon experience by providing more flexibility and convenience – and delivering this service direct to your door. Operating in South Kensington and areas nearby (including the main part of Kensington and parts of Knightsbridge – check out their website for the exact area they cover) this summer, Gloss + Polish’s nail technicians come to you – whether that’s at home or in your office. That means you can relax in your own surroundings whilst being pampered with a 75-minute classic manicure & pedicure – listening to your own music, reading your own latest gossip magazines or tasty novel and perhaps even indulging in your own tea and sweet treat! Of course, once your appointment is over, you can then be safe in the knowledge that your pretty nails won’t be in any danger of smudging as you’re not being turfed out the door onto the busy streets of London!

home nail salon

There’s four appointment slots available on four days of the week – 11am, 12.45pm, 7.30pm and 9.15pm on Thursdays to Sundays. (Saturday evening appointments take place slightly earlier at 5pm and 6.45pm.) Many of you will read this and immediately delight in the fact you can enjoy an evening manicure, after a hard day’s work, in the comfort of your own home! (What could be better?)

Gloss + Polish’s nail technicians are fully qualified, and have many years’ experience in working in beauty salons.

You can book your appointment online, as well as paying for it there – so no need to make a quick dash to the bank to load up on cash before a mani/pedi.

Appointments cost £50 and they are now taking bookings for slots up until 4th August. Book now to get your hands and feet looking exceedingly pretty right before the summer weather returns! (Which I am sure will be any day now!)

Check out more about Gloss + Polish on their website

Pop Up Market at The Hollywood Arms, Thursday 2nd May

The Hollywood Arms in Chelsea will be hosting a Pop Up Market in their Blanchard Room this coming Thursday, buy 2nd May from 10am to 9pm. Interior accessories, seek crafts, jewellery, clothing and more from a range of boutique businesses will be on offer, including items from Flossie & Bumble, Little Knickerbockers, One Green ZebraHumphries and Begg, Davina Combe, and Flora McKillop London.

Come on down to peruse through the wonderful wares of these fashion and accessory designers, and to snap up something new for spring!

Pop-Up Market at the Hollywood Arms

Pop Up Market
10am – 9pm, 2nd May 2013
The Hollywood Arms
45 Hollywood Road
SW10 9HX

Designer Sales UK at Chelsea Old Town Hall, 26th – 28th April

Designer Sales UK will be bringing all their wonderful designer wares – at fabulous prices, of course – to Chelsea Old Town Hall later this month for their next sample sale, where there will be up to a wonderful 90% off designers brands! Some great boutique labels will also be available at the sale, so all those attending will be sure to be able to snap up a seriously chic bargain…or several!

Designer Sales UK

Labels such as Belstaff, Equipment, See by Chloe, Matthew Williamson, Armani, Aquascutum, Thomas Pink, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, D&G, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and many more will all be featuring at the sale. The Vintage Boutique featuring Lalita will also be stocking vintage clothing and accessories from labels such as Harrods, Pierre Cardin, Gucci, Liberty, Versace – to name only a few.

Whilst at the sale, you’ll also have a chance to get some super special style advice free of charge from the DSUK’s team of personal stylists – and do also pop along to have a chat with Designer Sales UK owner Elaine Foster-Gandey.

Just prior to the sale starting, there’s also a very sexy VIP and Press Preview event from 11am to 12pm on Friday 26th April. For only £30, you’ll get entry into the sale, a glass of bubbly and the very tempting offer of a goodie bag worth £75!

VIP tickets must be purchased in advance and can be bought online at

Door entry to the public sales event is £2/£1 concessions.

Designer Sales UK April Sale
11am – 12pm, Friday 26th April 2013 (VIP & Press Preview Hour)
12pm – 8pm, Friday 26th April 2013
11am – 7pm, Saturday 27th April
11am – 4pm, Sunday 28th April
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Kings Road

Kensington Mums present a Valentine’s Day Pamper Session!

We’re pleased to bring you news that Kensington Mums already have another great event lined up for early 2013! Their Valentine’s Day Pamper Session will take place at Neal’s Yard in Kensington on Saturday 9th February 2013, and will provide a great opportunity for all local mums to take part in a couple of hours of relaxation and “me time”.

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Kensington Mums Valentine's Day Pamper Session

The session costs £12, with limited spaces available. Please email for more info and to book a space.


Are you ready to Style the Cyclist?

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s Bikeminded campaign – which aims to encourage those that live and work in the area to get on their bikes – has teamed up with Harrods for a fantastic ‘Style the Cyclist’ competition, in which you get the chance to style two local personalities! Whether you’re a stylist or someone with a particular eye for fashion, you are being invited to “style” (via Pinterest) Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci – a keen user of the Barclays bikes to get to work – and founder of Sipsmith Gin, Sam Galsworthy, who often uses a bike to deliver to stockists! The competition aims to show that taking to two wheels doesn’t mean that fashion has to take a back seat, and that the latest trends and looks can still be enjoyed if you’re a keen cyclist.

To enter, all you have to do is create a Pinterest board for either one of the personalities, and select clothes and accessories from to create a full look that reflects their lifestyle and personality.

The competition opens this Friday, 18th May, and will run until Sunday 27th May. Entries will be judged by an expert panel including fashion journalist for the Independent, Harriet Walker; fashion blogger Kristen Knox, aka the Clothes Whisperer; and sportswear GMM at Harrods, Stewart Mancey. The team will be judging entries based on style, individuality, suitability for the personality and practicality.

Bikeminded - Style the Cyclist

Cycle chic blogger, Lady Velo, creating her Pinterest board

And what’s the prize? Well, two lucky winning entries will receive a £150 Harrods voucher, a fantastic goody bag, AND have their winning look photographed by a renowned fashion photographer, to be featured in Absolutely and Harrods Magazine.

Kristen Knox, ones of the judges of ‘Style the Cyclist’ says:

“We look forward to receiving some innovative and inspirational style ideas for city cyclists from some of the most creative fashion minds out there. The ‘Style the Cyclist’ competition is a fantastic opportunity for stylists or anyone with an interest in fashion to showcase their talents. In addition to the great prizes, getting their winning outfits shot and styled for a prestigious fashion spread would be a great addition to someone’s portfolio!”

Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea says:

“As our Bikeminded campaign shows, there are many people in London who look fantastic when cycling around, however we want to encourage even more people back into cycling in the borough. We are delighted to have teamed up with Harrods to give our competition entrants access to some of the most innovative and creative designers around, and look forward to proving that you can look stylish and fashionable on two-wheels.”

Full details of the competition and how to enter can be found at – and don’t forget to check out more on the Bikeminded campaign too!