Victorian Turkish Baths – a history of indulgence and pampering

It’s hard not to fall in love with this wonderful architectural gem. Designed by Harold Elphick, this Turkish bath was opened in 1895 by Henry and James Forder Nevill and still stands on Old Broadstreet and Bishopsgate.

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Some interesting facts!

          The building withstood two world war bombings and an IRA attack

          Baths were open from seven in the morning till nine at night and  a ‘plain hot-air bath, with shower’ cost 3/6d

          The calidarium  (the hottest room)  could be raised to a temperature of 270°f

–           The cold plunge pool was a surprising 30ft long and 5 ft deep lined with marble, mosaic and tiles

In 1952, the bath closed due to economic pressures including an increase in fuel costs. It is now used as an Italian restaurant.

After reading lots about this fascinating bath, I did a bit of digging and found that there are around 13 Victorian style baths that still remain open to the public including those located in Harrogate and East London.

A fascinating history is connected to these East London baths known as the Russian Vapour Baths. Opened and used by members of the Jewish community, they were seen as a way to wind down after a hard days work or even before a visit to Friday prayer back in 1888.

If you are looking for an excuse to pamper yourself and venture back further than Victorian ages then it’s definately worth me sharing a recent trip to Bath where I discovered the Thermae Bath Spa. These natural thermal springs were first discovered by Prince Bladud around 863BC, who was supposedly cured from his skin disease after bathing in the waters. The water contains over 42 minerals and reaches temperatures of 92 Farenheit. If you are going to go on the weekends then be prepared to queue. http://www.thermaebathspa.com

Don’t miss London Jewellery Week, 7 – 13th June

 

London Jewellery Week

Don’t miss out on the Treasure exhibition and Hatton Garden Festival, all part of London Jewellery Week.

  • Treasure exhibition at Victoria House, WC1B 4DA   

    Meet designers face-to-face and find out more about the contemporary jewellery scene. Also featuring Mah Rana’s exhibition, Meanings and Attachments, a written and photographic record of people’s personal connections to jewellery, Swarovski will also be presenting highlights from their Runway Rocks couture catwalk jewellery show. Seminars from jewellery institutions the Birmingham Assay Office and GIA will give visitors an insight into hallmarking and gemmology.

  • Jewellery fashion show featuring top jewellers at historic Goldsmiths HallFrom Art Nouveau, the rebellious Arts and Crafts movement, the glamour of Art Deco to the sobriety of the war years, Joanna Hardy will give an historical perspective on artist jewellers and their influences from 1900 to 1960. Leo de Vroomen will talk about his career as a designer and goldsmith, in particular about the art of repoussé, a skill he perfected over many years of painstaking training and practise.
  • A street festival in Hatton Garden, London’s renowned diamond district includes jewellery making demonstrations and competitions. 

    Watch high-end jewellery being produced, join in ‘flash workshops’ to create your own jewellery, take advantage of amazing special offers from Hatton Garden jewellers and win prizes worth up to £3,000.

  • ‘Wedding Wishes’ bridal jewellery event at OXO Tower 
  • Special offers and competitions at small and large retailers across London

Don’t forget to join our facebook group  for information on up-coming London events.

Images sourced from LJW website. For more information visit http://www.londonjewelleryweek.co.uk/

Love chocolate? Don’t miss the Buffet de Chocolat launch party ~ Enchanted Castle, 29th June

FATLDN presents the Enchanted Castle ~ Buffet de Chocolat Launch Party

Jewel Bar Piccadilly, Tuesday 29th June 
7.30 – 11.30pm

Lift the lid on Buffet de Chocolat and you’ll be mesmerised by a mouth-watering evening of chocolate indulgence. Enjoy a bespoke event themed with art, music and most importantly chocolate! Join fellow chocolate lovers for a night of confectionary appreciation.

Wave goodbye to nouveau cuisine portions – we want you to sample as much as your taste buds can muster. We certainly didn’t call ourselves Buffet de Chocolat for nothing!

We have ventured high and low to source the most tantalising array of luxury chocolates and exotic desserts. Let’s not forget the piece de resistance – a chocolate fountain overflowing with sweet allure on the night.

Join us in the Velvet Room at the Jewel bar for the ultimate feast for your eyes!

Enjoy an evening of chocolate indulgence for the exclusive Buffet de Chocolat launch party. Themed as The Enchanted Castle all we ask is that you come armed with good taste, but fear not, you don’t have to be royalty to attend this one!

So, whether you’re a chocolate fanatic, culture vulture or looking for the perfect surprise gift for your loved one, Buffet de Chocolat serves up the perfect evening in the heart of the capital.

Details:

Tuesday 29th June
7.30pm – 11.30pm

Jewel Bar | Piccadilly
Velvet Room 1
4-6 Glasshouse Street,
London, W1B 5DQ
£13

For more information and to book tickets visit http://bit.ly/cOg0ZN
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It’s video time!

Brian Olson – an amazing Performance Artist.

Totally speechless! Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment

YSL Auction Apartment

(Source: Vanity Fair)

Yves Saint Laurent’s incredible collection of antiques, art and furniture were recently auctioned for over $700 million – it’s not hard to see why!

YSL Auction Apartment

(Source: Telegraph)

Lets face it.. No matter how many times you tune into MTV cribs you will never see anything like this.

YSL Auction Apartment

(Source: Telegraph)

Had to share this video

This video needs no commentary! This a brilliantly edited video presenting a montage of the beginning of the barbie doll, mannequin and robot trend.

The editing is really fluid and the music used is perfect – well for me anyway.

A Taste of Spain

A taste of spain

Dont miss A Taste of Spain, which takes place on 6th June in Regent Street, London. With giant paellas, flamenco music, medieval food markets and a range of interactive sports challenges and events you are spoilt for choice.

Culture vultures can stroll through Aragón, Andalucía, Segovia, Valencia and Navarra to unravel the secrets of the regions and sample some tasty jamón, gazpacho, piglet and paella.

Spanish guitarist Paco Fernández and La Gente del Sol plus Foc i Fum, brass band Charanga La Chicuelina from Segovia and traditional flamenco music from Andalucía all take centre stage.

Information and images sourced from http://www.atasteofspain.co.uk/

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