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The It Girl’s Guide to Party Season in London

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By Niamh Walsh on 22nd December 2023

As the city embraces a season of soirées, the modern It Girl knows that preparing for the spotlight is an art. In this exclusive guide, we reveal beauty rituals and social hotspots to elevate your presence this festive season!

As your social calendar begings to fill up with glittering events and soirées, preparation to maintaining month-long glam is key. In the heart of London, we've carefully curated a beauty and lifestyle guide, promising a head-to-toe glow, trendy hidden spots and tips and tricks for navigating party season.

Beauty Prep

1. Duck & Dry

With four outposts across London, this smart blow dry bar is perfect for women on-the-go; the affable team can always squeeze you in for an ultra speedy appointment between meetings or before a last-minute dinner date. Whilst they boast an impressive menu of blow dry options — from va-va-voom volume to mermaid-esque waves — 'tis the season for chic and effortless updos. We're particularly loving the 'Ooh La La': a glossy chignon, for day-to-night glamour.

Updos £50, visit duckandry.com to book.

2. Dr Joney De Souza's Hydrafacial

Located on Blandford Street in Marylebone, Dr Joney De Souza's clinic stands as a go-to spot for personalised skincare. The Hydrafacial treatments offered here marry cutting-edge technology with a bespoke approach, ensuring each client receives a tailored experience. Notable clientele regularly trust Dr Joney and his team of experts for their beauty needs, attesting to the clinic's unwavering commitment to excellence.

Dr Joney De Souza Clinic, Marylebone
Dr Joney De Souza Clinic, Marylebone

The Hydrafacial, a signature at the clinic, is more than just a facial—it's a transformative journey for the skin. This revolutionary treatment involves a multi-step process, meticulously designed to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and hydrate the skin. The bespoke approach ensures that the Hydrafacial adapts to the unique needs of every client, making it a truly tailored experience.

The journey begins with a gentle cleansing to remove impurities and lymphatic draining massage to prepare the skin for the subsequent steps. A specialised exfoliation follows, eliminating dead skin cells. The extraction phase effortlessly clears pores, removing debris and impurities, while simultaneously nourishing the skin with intense hydration.

The treatment utilises a vortex-like suction mechanism that simultaneously cleanses and hydrates, infusing the skin with potent serums tailored to address specific concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.

Senior Skin and Laser Specialist Roma Sumskiene
Senior skin and laser specialist Roma Sumskiene performing a Hydrafacial

3. Neville Hair and Beauty

Situated in Belgravia, Neville Hair and Beauty is a haven for those seeking precision and luxury, setting itself apart with exclusive services that pamper and rejuvenate. Neville's team of expert stylists are celebrated for their ability to craft bespoke looks that perfectly enhance each client's individual style and facial features. From classic cuts, to a blowdry bar, the results are flawless, ensuring you leave with a look that's uniquely yours.

Nevertheless, the salon extends beyond hair services. Their team of skilled beauty therapists also provide personalised facials, nail care treatments, and massages tailored to address specific concerns, ensuring you leave with a sense of complete satisfaction!

Neville Hair & Beauty Salon, Belgravia
Neville Hair & Beauty Salon, Belgravia

Fashion Focus

1. Katie & Jo, Parson's Green

In the quest to shine bright this party season, head west to Katie & Jo, a chic boutique nestled in the heart of Parson's Green. Beloved by many, including SheerLuxe founder Georgie Coleridge-Cole, Katie & Jo is tailored for the contemporary woman who prioritises comfort without sacrificing style, beckoning those who embrace their fashion-savvy sensibilities and cherish individuality over fleeting trends. This unique boutique offers a meticulously curated selection of clothing and accessories from around the globe, promising a wardrobe that stands out in any crowd.

Steering the ship at Katie & Jo is the dynamic force behind the brand, Katie herself. She orchestrates not only the Parsons Green store but also an online platform and a burgeoning in-house brand. Her ambition is to provide patrons with a personal and enjoyable shopping experience, where styling advice flows effortlessly from Katie, her team, and the passionate and knowledgeable staff.

Katie & Jo, Parson's Green
Katie & Jo, Parson's Green

2. Marylebone Village

Stroll through the chic streets of Marylebone Village, and you'll be drawn to a plethora of high-end boutiques and stores. While indulging in the carefully chosen offerings of this fashion haven, make sure to take the chance to discover nearby upscale establishments like Zadig & Voltaire, Matches, Bimba y Lola, and American Vintage. These places guarantee a complete fashion experience, ensuring you create a distinctive party look that will be remembered!

Marylebone

Trendy Hotspots

1. George, Mayfair

Nestled in the heart of Mayfair, the newly refurbished George is a celebration of contemporary design. Boasting the largest outdoor terrace in Mayfair, the ambiance is unparalleled. The walls adorned with art by David Hockney further enhance the cultural richness, making George a go-to for upscale readers seeking a sophisticated yet vibrant atmosphere. Keep an eye out for exclusive events and themed nights this festive season, adding an extra layer of allure.

George is Pooch friendly!
George is Pooch friendly!

2. Chiltern Firehouse

Nestled within the historic Grade II listed Marylebone Fire Station at 1 Chiltern Street, Chiltern Firehouse dates back to 1889. The building underwent a transformation in 2005, evolving into a stylish hotel and restaurant while preserving its historic elements, including the iconic fireman's pole and hose tower. The restaurant's ambiance strikes a perfect balance between elegance and relaxation, boasting exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and a welcoming fireplace.

Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone
Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

Under the culinary stewardship of Chef Nuno Mendes since 2014, Chiltern Firehouse has earned critical acclaim for its contemporary American cuisine, showcasing a dedication to seasonal, high-quality ingredients. The menu features innovative dishes that highlight the freshest produce, contributing to the restaurant's reputation for culinary excellence. Chiltern Firehouse has become synonymous with exclusivity, drawing a discerning clientele, including renowned celebrities such as Kate Moss, Rihanna, and Harry Styles. The restaurant's allure extends beyond its exquisite cuisine, with an atmosphere that exudes sophistication and impeccable service.

The accolades bestowed upon Chiltern Firehouse are a testament to its culinary prowess, including being named the Best Restaurant in London by Time Out London in 2014, earning Restaurant of the Year at the GQ Awards in 2015, and securing a place on the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The restaurant has not only impressed critics but has also been the venue for high-profile events, including the launch of Victoria Beckham's fashion line in 2014, the after-parties for the British Fashion Awards in 2015 and 2016, and a private dinner for Beyoncé and Jay-Z in 2017. Be sure to begin your nights here with a cocktail and cigar!

3. The Dandy Bar, Mayfair Townhouse

Discover The Dandy Bar tucked away in The Mayfair Townhouse—a spot every It Girl should check out this party season. This cosy venue pays homage to British dandy style, promising a laid-back yet memorable experience. As you step inside, soak in the simple charm of fairy lights and a classic Christmas tree, setting the scene for a low-key yet stylish get-together.

The talented team of mixologists here can whip up any drink you desire if the curated menu doesn't take your fancy. If you're in the festive mood, opt for a Winter Spiced Old Fashioned for a comforting mix of bourbon, gingerbread syrup, and spices, capturing the holiday vibes. Or a refreshing Cranberry Fizz, blending cranberry vodka, prosecco, and a hint of lime—is always an easy choice for a toast to the festivities.

The Dandy Bar strikes the right balance between sophistication and relaxation, making it the go-to spot this party season. Open until 1am Tuesdays to Saturdays, it's the perfect spot for a late-night digestif. Let the cosy atmosphere and crafted cocktails ensure your night ends on a nothing short of wonderful note!

The Mayfair Townhouse Exterior
The Mayfair Townhouse Exterior

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