London celebrations

The A-List: what to do in London this week?

// BEAUTY //

Windle London

Hair salons can seem a bit impersonal; you can jump in and out in a flash, with a slight feeling that it has been a once in a lifetime experience. That’s not the case at Covent Garden’s Windle London, a cult venue that truly cares and prides itself on its high-quality line of Windle Lab products. You can actually smell the nourishment from these beautifully crafted concoctions (which are created by fusing cutting edge techniques in the Windle lab with the expertise of the dedicated London styling team). Even more so if they’re in the hands of Sergio Renis, who joined the Windle team in the 2000s, bringing the shrewd confidence of countless fashion shows to every session. Hairstyle looks like an art form here, and VF was an all-too-willing canvas, setting up to be tousled to perfection among an effortlessly cool crowd. Come for the kind of low-key beach waves that are impossible to achieve at home (and leave with some brilliant products to help you keep trying). Windle London

// FOOD //

The Nonna

Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Notice to committed carbohydrate lovers! There’s a humble new Italian restaurant that pasta fans everywhere need to try ASAP. Located in trendy Brixton Market is the low-key (but seriously impressive) La Nonna, with Roman-born chef Daniele Pino working his magic in the kitchen. Proud of its fresh and simple cuisine, La Nonna is known for serving fresh pasta (homemade daily) in an authentic Italian kitsch atmosphere, with pasta strainers for lights and black and white images of Nonna lining the walls. In addition to the classic family dishes, there’s a menu of dishes to try that changes daily – rest assured, they’re all delicious. VF started with the creamy smoky heart of Burrata with Sardinian music paper bread, before moving on to ravioli alla zucca mantovana (pumpkin, leek and ricotta ravioli served with sage butter and 24-month-old parmesan cheese) and a cacio classic pepe – which was so good we ordered two more. Every dish is equally delicious, so it’s no surprise the restaurant is full, and if queuing is anything to go by, we suggest booking now. We’ll be right back. We’ll see each other there. The Nonna


BAFTA Competition

To celebrate San Pellegrino’s partnership with BAFTA, VF readers are in the running to win two tickets to an exclusive preview dinner ahead of the awards show on March 9, which will take place in the beautifully renovated BAFTA building at St. James’s. Each course will be presented by Anton Manganaro, Executive Chef of BAFTA, alongside distinguished guests. The lucky winner will also receive an overnight stay at The Londoner for two, a Nespresso machine, a £250 voucher for Pandora jewellery, a bottle of Taittinger, a FaceGym voucher, a selection of Dr. Jackson treatments and make-up Lancôme and, of course, some refreshing treats from San Pellegrino. You would be foolish not to enter. Email here enter. The T&Cs apply.



50ml Evergreen Forest

20 ml sarsaparilla syrup

50ml freshly brewed decaffeinated espresso


1. Shake all the ingredients together

2. Double strain into a coupe glass

3. Garnish with two coffee beans