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My London Glossary: Lorraine Pascale’s little black book for the capital

From food to fashion, the chef shares her favourite destinations

Chef, former model and contributing editor to Vogue Lorraine Pascale opens her little black book to the capital, from the best roasts to Jivamukti yoga.

Home is…

Kensington. I’ve lived in the area for years as it’s central yet quiet and I have so many great restaurants and shops close by.

Favourite restaurant…

Roka in Fitzrovia is really fun; I love getting dressed up to go there. The atmosphere is very buzzy and they serve great cocktails. The Japanese food is excellent – I always order the black cod.
37 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1, rokarestaurant.com

Roka
Roka in Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia
My go-to local shops…

The Chelsea Fishmonger is the only place I buy fish, and Space NK is my regular pitstop for beauty buys.
10 Cale Street, Chelsea, London SW3 , thechelseafishmonger.co.uk
1 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8, spacenk.com

Best cocktail…

The lychee and rose martini from Bluebird in Chelsea is amazing. It has the perfect balance of sweetness and martini, and the splash of rose gives a floral finish. You have to be careful, though, as they are deceptively strong.
350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3,  bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Lychee and rose martini at Bluebird Chelsea
The lychee and rose martini at Bluebird in Chelsea
Favourite terrace…

Sitting outside at The Ivy in Chelsea. When the weather starts to get warmer, it’s a great place to people- watch and enjoy the first Pimm’s of the season.
195 -197 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3, theivychelseagarden.com

The Ivy Chelsea Garden winter terrace
The Ivy Chelsea Garden winter terrace
Favourite roast lunch…

Roast in Borough Market does classic dishes with a twist so well. The cooking is second to none and there is a huge choice of seasonal roasts.
The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1, roast-restaurant.com

Roast Borough Market
Roast at Borough Market
Favourite healthy spot…

Farmacy in Notting Hill, which serves a plant-based menu. I’m a part-time vegan and it’s great to find a restaurant with food free from dairy and refined sugar – it’s super-healthy but so delicious.
74-76 Westbourne Grove, W2, farmacylondon.com

Farmacy Notting Hill restaurant
Farmacy in Notting Hill
My go-to designers and shops…

The International Designer Room at Harrods is my one-stop shop as it stocks all my favourite designers: Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham. I often pop into Baar & Bass on King’s Road in Chelsea – its edit of interesting new labels you don’t see anywhere else is brilliant. On Sloane Street, Jitrois has some incredible fitted leather coats and Anne Fontaine is the only place for feminine shirts with clean lines.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1, harrods.com
336 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3, baarandbass.com
6F Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, SW1, jitrois.com
4 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, SW1, annefontaine.com

My favourite place to work out…

Triyoga, which has studios across the city [Camden, Chelsea, Covent Garden, Ealing, Shoreditch and Soho]. They have lots of classes for all abilities and the teachers are wonderful. They offer so many different types of yoga, too – I really like Jivamukti.
372 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3, triyoga.co.uk

Triyoga Covent Garden
Triyoga Covent Garden
Favourite beauty products…

I’m a big fan of clean beauty. Ren has a great Evercalm range for deep cleansing that fixes break-outs. I also love Lola’s Apothecary – it’s a hand- made range with beautiful packaging. I use its Delicate Romance shower and bath gel every day. Dr Hauschka’s facial toner brightens up my face and Mauli’s Radiance Mask & Exfoliant is a complete game-changer for your skin.

My signature scent is…

Tory Burch Signature.

This feature was originally published in the Spring 2018 issue of The Glossary.

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