Inside Novikov London

Taking its coveted position in Mayfair’s glitzy Berkeley Street, Arkady Novikov’s first restaurant outside of Russia remains the place to be and be seen by the international jet-set who flock to it on a nightly basis.

 

 

 

The restaurant mogul doesn’t need any introduction, having established himself as Russia’s favoured restaurateur since opening his first seafood restaurant back in 1992 and now counts more than 50 venues across Moscow and St Petersburg in his impressive portfolio.

Having rapidly expanded in a post-soviet world, Arkady’s rise to acclaim has seen him win numerous awards across hospitality, and after abandoning the opportunity to open his first international outpost in Milan, he set sights on London in 2008 and with that, Novikov London was opened in 2011.

 

 

 

 

Now standing as the Novikov Restaurant & Bar’s flagship location, Novikov London houses a Pan Asian restaurant, Italian restaurant and glamourous lounge bar and has since paved the way for branches internationally across the likes of Miami, Moscow, Bodrum and Doha to name a few.

Blending contemporary style with authentic cuisine, the Italian at Novikov London exudes old-school-glamour in elegant surroundings. Think suede wall panels, large candlelit chandeliers, and lush greenery, all of which evokes a certain sense of modern-age opulence to this immaculate Italian eatery.

Led under the direction of Head Chef Marco Torri, formerly of Bond Street favourite Semplice, The Italian at Novikov offers a menu of classic Italian dishes with a culinary flair with seasonal specials, meat and fish at the core. Split into antipasti, pasta, risotto & soup and mains, the menu is easy to navigate, though the dishes are large and it’s best to share some of the courses to really a catch an appetite for this gastronomic haven.

Full of innovative flavours, the antipasti makes just as well for a light lunch as it does a starter over an Aperitivo. More familiar dishes such as burrata and beef carpaccio prepared to perfection sit alongside signature plates of king crab salad and finely sliced veal served with a delectable black truffle tuna sauce.

 

 

 

 

Sure to please even the most discerning of diners, Novikov Italian’s main courses explore the finest cuts of meat and fish along with the best in seasonal produce, much of which is sourced from Brent Eleigh Walled Garden, Arkady’s Suffolk project in which he is in partnership with Mr and Mrs Stephens of Brent Eleigh Hall.

A fine choice of classic meat and prime cuts of Wagyu sirloin and rib-eye steaks are cooked to sheer perfection and the wood-roasted kid goat is a favourite along with the Scottish lamb cutlets which come served with new season tomatoes.

Fine dining at its best, masterfully prepared fish is also championed on the menu and the sea bass fillet served with sweet & sour roasted peppers & Salmoriglio sauce is a good choice along with the fish & vegetables skewer which gives a taste of scallop, prawn, salmon and octopus all on one skewer.

 

 

Finish the meal with Novikov’s cheeses (a choice of 3, 5 or 7 cheeses) and one of the tantalising desserts, each with a wine recommendation and one is sure to be wanting to return over and over again as Novikov’s loyal patrons continue to do so……

Open daily, Novikov is open for both lunch and dinner, recommendations for both the Italian and Asian are recommended, the bar is available on a walk-in basis, though on busier nights a table booking is advised.

 

www.novikovrestaurant.co.uk

Virtual Personal Shopping at Bicester Village

Perfectly timed for a spot of shopping, Bicester Village’s newly launched virtual services means avid shoppers can purchase from select boutiques from the comfort of their own home. A first for the village, this new offering allows clients to either contact boutiques directly and then shop via a digital consultation or book a dedicated personal shopper.

 

 

 

 

With more than 100 boutiques participating, the virtual shopping service allows you to stock up on village favourites with discounts of up to 60% whilst connected to a client advisor bringing the luxury retail experience direct to your phone or computer. Contactable by either Whatsapp, email or phone, the boutiques can take payment remotely and then send your purchases direct to your home or make them available for collection by car from Bicester Village’s designated collection point.

Those looking for a complete wardrobe refresh or stock up on  gifts can also take advantage of Bicester Village’s personal shopping service, a complimentary offering from the village, clients can book an appointment via email to then have a personal shopper create a bespoke shopping list before making an edit from multiple boutiques.

A completely seamless approach to remote luxury shopping, the service delivers goods to any UK home address or those not wanting to collect from the village.

To book an appointment, contact personalshopper@bicestervillage.com

www.bicestervillage.com

A Night at Down Hall

Striking the perfect balance between majestic grandeur and contemporary flair, Down Hall is a country-house hotel situated in the idyllic greenery of Bishop’s Stortford. Most recently in the limelight as the setting of The Great British Bake Off, this stunning rural retreat is surrounded by 110 acres of gardens and is just 45 minutes from London.

 

 

 

Popular with city dwellers looking for some much-needed downtime, business travellers not wanting to stay in town, and vacationers as a pre-airport stopover for nearby Stanstead, this classic manor escape features a modern spa, Anglo-French grill restaurant, and 98 individually designed guest rooms.

Elegance is reflected throughout the hotel, and a modern wave of style keeps the historical heritage to the hotel while catering to the creature comforts of today’s new-world clientele. Having undergone a major revamp completed last year, rooms are now fully equipped with everything one would expect, from laptop-sized safes and tea/coffee facilities to high-speed in-room wifi. Some of the more plush feature rooms also ooze with old-school glamour with four-poster beds and freestanding bathtubs, adding character and charm.

 

 

 

 

Over in the West Wing, the focus is very much on this addition to the main house being a self-sufficient space and thus perfectly suited for weddings, conferences, and events. Fifty rooms in bright, airy colours stand alongside a 4,000 sq ft event space, six function rooms, and a private lounge & bar. Synonymous with its various wedding packages, the hotel has become a favourite for newlyweds to be over the years and is fully licensed to host civil ceremonies.

Those looking to relax can also indulge in the hotel’s onsite Eden Spa and gym, a state-of-the-art space offering ESPA treatments across four treatment rooms and wet spa facilities. Wellness showers, a sauna, and steam room all overlook the spa’s hydrotherapy pool, which acts as a centrepiece and allows guests to zone-out as they take a moment of retreat.

 

 

 

 

As well as the picturesque grounds and gorgeous rooms, Down Hall is also home to The Grill, a modern brasserie offering Anglo-French fare. Popular with both hotel guests and those visiting just to dine, this stylish jaunt uses locally sourced ingredients, some of which are from the restaurant’s own vegetable patch, and serves a refined menu of classic European cuisine. Favourites on the menu include lamb rump served with creamed mash and a rib-eye steak cooked to perfection with fat chips.

Whether for a leisurely escape, business or an occasion, Down Hall ticks all the boxes and with its close proximity to London is the ultimate spot for a break away from home.

www.downhall.co.uk

The New Rolls-Royce Ghost

Standing as the most successful model in the history of Rolls-Royce over its 116-year history, Ghost has been the answer to a more compact and understated way of owning a Rolls-Royce for the last decade. Now in an era of post-opulence, a new generation of this icon sets a benchmark as the customer-centric carmaker meets the demands of its clients’ wishes for a minimalist yet uncompromisingly luxurious automobile.

 

 

 

Over its ten-year reign, it quickly became apparent that those who chose a Ghost over a Phantom (or indeed as well as) were self-driving and as such the New Ghost caters to an unrivalled driving experience for the driver as well as those who prefer to be chauffeured.

Steering away from the heavily assumed extravagance Rolls-Royce is often associated with, Ghost is simplistic in its design yet unmistakeably Rolls-Royce and, as one would expect, crafted from the most exquisite materials.

 

 

 

First and foremost, the New Ghost is 30mm wider than its predecessor, which adds assertiveness to its presence. Twenty LED lights subtly illuminate the vanes of the front grill, and in a first for the marque, the Spirit of Ecstasy sits within the bonnet rather than being surrounded by panel lines as with other models.

Equally proportioned windows between passenger and driver echo the fine balance between driving the New Ghost and being driven in one and for the first time, clients can effortlessly open the doors using power assistance should they choose not to use the door-closing button synonymous with Rolls-Royce.

 

 

 

As subtly striking on the inside as it is on the outside, the New Ghost is a true celebration of the fine materials appreciated within and does away with fussy embellishments and overcomplicated detailing. Perfectly straight stitching and immaculately flawless leather panels set the tone for the sleek interior which is paired with one of two open-pore finishes of wood set. Acting as a centrepiece, an illuminated fascia elegantly twinkles when the lights are operational as 152 LEDs sparkle to create a Ghost nameplate surrounded by more than 850 stars to the passenger side of the dashboard.

From its bespoke audio system to a pioneering micro-environment purification system, the Ghost is by far the most technologically supreme motorcar the marque has produced to date.  Key safety features ensure for a comfortable drive and include everything from a four-camera system to lane change warnings and collision warnings all enhanced by a heads-up view on the dashboard.

 

 

 

 

Unsurprisingly, The new Ghost is also engineered to absolute perfection. Fully equipped with an impressive 6.75 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, Rolls-Royce has once again taken client feedback to develop the petrol powered engine further. This has resulted in an almost instant torque and practically silent engine thanks to the clever air intake system which reduces the sound in the interior suite.

Perfectly suited to almost any environment, the new Ghost offers the ultimate driving experience and has once again redefined Rolls-Royce as the pioneers in manufacturing luxury automobiles.

 

Coya Mayfair

Having undergone a major revamp during lockdown, Coya’s flagship Mayfair location remains at the pinnacle of the global chain of Peruvian restaurants, bars and members’ clubs.   

With outposts spanning across Paris and Monte Carlo through to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Coya continues to expand and with this has refurbished its Mayfair branch with a vibrant new look and contemporary design.

 

 

 

 

Set over two floors, the impressive space has been redesigned under the direction of renowned design studio Sagrada and evokes Latin American influence. Very much offering an immersive experience, Coya’s interiors echo the Incan heritage at the heart of the restaurant’s menu and Peruvian-crafted furnishings set the tone along with opulent gold mirror walls and an abundance of foliage adorning the ceiling.

 

 

Favoured amongst the international jet-set, the stylish restaurant, pisco lounge and members’ club has also partnered with Mayfair’s Opera Gallery to exhibit work from their artists and this ties in nicely with the wood panelling and Peruvian lanterns referenced throughout.

Those dining in the restaurant downstairs are transported via the newly redone pisco lounge which makes for a nice pre or post-meal cocktail spot, think plush leather and ornate mirrors in this luxe bar-come-lounge. Acting as a centrepiece, an eye-catching pisco library displays some of Coya’s synonymous infusions, including the favoured blueberry and lavender complementary to the drinks served.

 

 

 

 

Coya Mayfair’s menu has also been reworked by Chef Director Sanjay Dwivedi in partnership the Mayfair Head Chef Alessandro Scala in a celebration of traditional Peruvian cuisine with Japanese, Chinese and Spanish influence. Designed with a sharing concept, the innovative menu showcases smaller plates of ceviche, tacos and tiraditos to larger heartier dishes of meat and fish all reflecting the traditional techniques at the heart of Coya’s ethos.

Inspired by Peru, the plates capture South American flavours and some of the signature dishes include the Croquettes de Lubina, Chilean sea bass croquettes and the Lomo de Res, a fillet of beef with crispy shallots, aji limo and star anise.

 

 

 

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Coya Mayfair also hosts its weekly themed Saturday brunch from 12-4pm and serves dinner from 5.30pm – 10pm Sunday to Friday with a slightly later start of dinner from 5.45pm on Saturdays, Coya currently closes at 10pm daily under government guidance.

 

 

A Taste of the Amazonian at Amazonico

 

 

 

Emulating the tropical paradise of the Amazonian and transcending its diners through a culinary journey, Amazonico London is a vibrant Latin American restaurant situated in the heart of Mayfair on Berkeley Square.

The second outpost of its Madrid counterpart, Amazonico London is the first international location under the umbrella with its third having recently opened in Dubai’s Financial Centre.

Founded by husband and wife duo Sandro Silva and Marta Seco, Amazonico has quickly become a hotspot known for its innovative cuisine, cocktails and live music.

Designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violan, the restaurant, lounge and bar encapsulates Latin influence through its lush interiors, with the design flowing consistently throughout the space adding to the sensory journey.

 

 

Unapologetically colourful and luscious, earthy tones of greens and neutrals create an inviting atmosphere and lively plants adorn the restaurant floor along with peacocks situated on the bar.

Diners in the restaurant can enjoy daily performances from a live Jazz band whilst those in the lounge and bar can take in upbeat electro sounds from resident DJ’s which add to the energetic ambience making the lounge so popular amongst the international jet-set that flock to it.

Foodwise, Amazonico certainly doesn’t disappoint, with a thoughtfully curated menu by Sandro and Marta, one can expect to experience the gastronomic delights spanning flavours from Brazil through to Columbia and Peru.

Split into small bites and larger plates, the menu is created with a sharing concept in mind and has an extensive offering of everything from salads and sushi, to meat and fish so it’s a good idea to order a few dishes for the table to really get a taste of the flavour embodied.

To start, it’s best to opt for some of the raw dishes and Amazonico bites, the flavours fuse well together, and it’s a great way to start the meal. Favourites from the Raw & Marinated section include one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, the Langosta Acocada, a flavoursome mix of Lobster and coconut gazpacho topped with Oscietra caviar.

 

 

 

 

The oysters prove popular too and come with a choice of different dressings and the Aguachile, a Mexican take on sea bass ceviche is also a particular highlight.

For the Amazonico Bites, the Instagram-worthy Ancas de Rana, fried frog legs are a must, served with a mango dressing, this delicacy is executed to perfection. The Tequeños, chicken rolls are also a nice appetiser shared and come with a cool mint and yoghurt dip.

For mains, one is left spoilt for choice by the woks, charcoal-grilled meats and fish on offer so again its best to take one or two of each for the table. Known for its steaks, Amazonico’s selection of fine cuts range from the chimichurri marinated Entraña skirt steak to Brazilian, Chilean and Argentinian flavoured cuts. Slightly larger plates designed to be shared between two are also offered in the Wagyu and Rib of Simmenthal options.

Very much showcasing traditional South-American cuisine with a contemporary flair, the menu also offers a selection of wok dishes which can be eaten alone as main or the Wok de 25 Verduras, the seasonal vegetable wok is a good alternative to side dishes.

 

 

 

Fish on the menu includes a daily changing catch of the day and another signature dish, the Merluza Negra, a perfectly cooked portion of hake served with grilled eggplant and plantain crisp. The grilled Octopus also comes as highly recommended and is served with a physalis relish.

Finish off with one of Amazonico’s delectable desserts (you can’t go wrong with the fondant) and you’ll soon find yourself wanting to return to the rainforest-come-restaurant over and over again.

 Amazonico is temporarily open 12pm – 10pm daily in line with government regulations and follows strict measures to protect guests including the compulsory wearing of masks when not sat eating and asking to guests to queue outside to be seated during peak periods.

 

Six by Nico London

A welcome addition to London’s vibrant culinary scene after months of the hospitality sector being closed, Six by Nico is an innovative dining concept from celebrated Scottish-Italian chef Nico Simeone.

Pioneering the dining revolution with his inventive six-course tasting menu which changes every six weeks, Nico has opened his first London outpost in the trendy Charlotte Street occupying a 76-cover restaurant.

 

 

 

 

Following in the footsteps of his well-established restaurants across the likes of Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool, Nico’s take on fine dining is made accessible with a very affordable price tag of £35 for the six courses on offer.

Modernly designed, the space is reflective of the contemporary cuisine served and the restaurant overlooks an open plan kitchen which adds to the experience. Artworks across shelving units and on the walls also give a nice element of elegance to the space and trendy music creates for quite a lively, buzzy atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

For the debut of his London residency, Nico has launched with ‘The Chippie’ a menu inspired by his heritage that pays homage to the classic British fish and chip shop. Available with the option to add some snacks to start and a wine flight pairing, the tasting menu explores Nico’s trademark take on experimental gastronomy.

For those that opt for a snack to start, the sourdough bread and shellfish butter makes for a good appetiser and is easily shared between two.

 

 

 

 

Hearty small plates create a fusion of well thought out flavours across the cleverly curated menu which ranges from dishes including a shredded beef shin served with a burnt onion ketchup and meaty salsa in an ode to the favoured steak pie reminiscent of the chip-shop classic.

The high-end spin on chippy favourites also extends to a posh take on fish and chips in the form of his Fish Supper dish, a delectable Shetland cod atop confit fennel served with a samphire beer emulsion and pickled mussels.

 

 

 

 

Top the menu off with his signature Deep Fried Mars Bar and you’ll soon find yourself frequenting the jaunt every six weeks as the menu changes, if not even more frequently.

A vegetarian menu is also available and the restaurant is adhering to strict health and safety guidelines to ensure the utmost safety for diners and staff alike.

 

 

www.sixbynico.co.uk/london

 

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection

Once again at the forefront of innovation, Rolls-Royce’s latest venture into extraordinary automobiles sees the debut of the Wraith Kryptos Collection, an exploration into the realm of cryptography.

With just 50 models to be made of this uniquely designed adaption of the Wraith, the Kryptos Collection gives clients the opportunity to own a model incorporating a series of secret messages with the code known by just two people at Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood home.

 

 

 

 

Held in the safe of the marque’s Chief Executive, the code is cleverly interpreted across different elements of the design of the Kryptos’ façade which takes its name from the ancient Greek term meaning something unseen, hidden and coded.

 

 

 

 

Subtly strewn across the model, the mystique of the Kryptos is captured across everything from its striking Delphic grey colourway which enraptures blue and green flakes only in sunlight to the marque’s iconic Spirit of Ecstasy which is engraved with part of the code to the base of the figurine.

 

 

 

 

Intriguingly, clues also appear from within inside the vehicle, discreet enhancements such as metallic leather and a customised headrest normally bearing the double-R emblem which has instead been embroidered with part of the cipher.

Owners of the limited capsule of this incredible edition will be able to register their guesses of the code via Whisper, a members-only Rolls-Royce app.

 

 

 

 

Marking the launch of the Kryptos, the marque has also released an interactive game aimed at motoring enthusiasts and fans worldwide. With four levels of mind-challenging tasks, the game tests mental agility and echoes the complexity of the Kryptos Wraith.

 

www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

 

 

Matthew David Opens New Salon

Having resided at his star-studded Duke Street salon for over ten years, celebrity hairdresser Matthew David has moved to a stunning flagship location in Mayfair’s iconic Sackville Street.

Having tamed the tresses of the glitterati for years, the Mayfair trained stylist has already established a name for himself across the black books of the industry’s beauty experts and regularly frequents magazines and television appearances as an ambassador for the hairdressing industry.

With a fresh new façade, the Sackville Street salon is elegantly designed with a colourful palette of uplifting colours and a modern take on the décor echoing his former space. As home to the master stylists and technicians taking residency at the salon, services offered include everything from cutting, innovative colouring techniques and Brazilian blowdrys.

 

 

 

The salon is also now exceptionally open on Sundays exclusively for Hair Extensions following a growing demand since launching. With trained specialists all renowned for their individual area of expertise, Matthew David Bespoke Hairdressing remains at the forefront of the most prestigious names in the industry working with clients to have them looking and feeling their absolute best.

The flagship also carries the full Matthew David product line ranging from targeted shampoos and conditioners to the iconic styling products used throughout the salon.

Working with clients to understand what looks best for them, the bespoke approach of the salon is based on consultations to achieve the right look for each client based on their lifestyle and face shape.

 

 

Matthew David Mayfair   |  8 Sackville Street   |  Mayfair   |  London W1S 3EZ

www.matthewdavid.co.uk

 

Trish McEvoy on Mask Makeup

With masks becoming the norm as part of daily life, we spoke to celebrity makeup artist Trish McEvoy to find out how to achieve a flawless look with or without having to wear a mask. 

Trish tell us how to ‘master’ a mask makeup look, is it all about the eyes? 

“My go-to look has always been natural, but now that two-thirds of our faces are covered, I’m creating more definition with the eye by using my Gel Liner both with invisible lining and on top of my lash line. It’s still a very clean look, but adds more pop. To bring the eye out even more, try contouring or shaping the eye using midtown shades to elongate and add dimension.” 

What are your tips for those who want to keep eye makeup simple, but still create impact when wearing a mask?

“For those of us who really want to keep it to the basics, use products that will help brighten the eye.”

 

 

 

 

Tell us your tips for starting to experiment with bolder, colourful eye makeup. 

“The key is to start sheer, that way you have the ability to build while also enjoying the process of creating a bolder look. Go for any colours that appeal to you, but start with a sheerer formula.”

What skincare should we use? How should we change our skincare if at all? 

“I’ve received so many questions about skincare with masks. Many people are experiencing dryness, irritation, and breakouts. I recommend continuing your daily skincare routine, always remembering to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect.”

 

www.trishmcevoy.com