Gabrielle Sander

Correspondent

  • London, England, Europe

Gabrielle Sander is a London-based Forbes Travel Guide correspondent who has spent the last eight years or so eating, drinking, exploring, probing and pampering all in the name of work. She writes about luxury travel, food, restaurants, spa and beauty and has been published in The Arbuturian (where she also heads up the travel section), The Telegraph, News International’s Fabulous magazine, Running in Heels, Glass Magazine, Lovefood.com and more. Sander enjoys the simple things in life: Earl Grey tea, playing Scrabble, discovering the local dishes of a new destination — and attempting to whip them up back home — crunching through autumn leaves and sunrises in beautiful settings.

  • On April 13, 2013
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    What’s happening this weekend in London?

    Marsipan and Milou by Agnetha Sjoergen
    Chelsea Art Fair

    Running until Sunday, April 14th, the re-launched Chelsea Art Fair is the best place to head this weekend if you’re interested in viewing or purchasing some art. 35 modern and contemporary artists from the UK and overseas are displaying at Chelsea Old Town Hall, where specially selected examples of their work will go on show for the first time.

    Artists showing at the fair include: Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst; Cube Gallery-represented Karen Edwards and Katie Allen; Ireland-born Andrew Dillon; Australian Mark Hanham, who boasts the likes of Russell Crowe among his collectors, and is making his London debut; and HRH The Prince of Wales, who has two signed lithographs on display.

    For those wishing to invest for the first time or add to a bulging collection, prices range from £500 to £20,000, with a portion of funds from selected works being donated to this year’s chosen charities Parkinson’s UK and Hearing Dogs. In addition, there are various tours and talks, at a cost of £10 per person, on subjects such as ‘Investing in art’ and ‘An introductory tour on how to start your own collection’.

    Opening times: Saturday 11am - 6pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm

    Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE. Nearest tube stations: Sloane Square or South Kensington.
  • On April 13, 2013
    Gabrielle Sander answered the question: Gabrielle Sander

    What’s happening this weekend in London?

    Marsipan and Milou by Agnetha Sjoergen
    Chelsea Art Fair

    Running until Sunday, April 14th, the re-launched Chelsea Art Fair is the best place to head this weekend if you’re interested in viewing or purchasing some art. 35 modern and contemporary artists from the UK and overseas are displaying at Chelsea Old Town Hall, where specially selected examples of their work will go on show for the first time.

    Artists showing at the fair include: Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst; Cube Gallery-represented Karen Edwards and Katie Allen; Ireland-born Andrew Dillon; Australian Mark Hanham, who boasts the likes of Russell Crowe among his collectors, and is making his London debut; and HRH The Prince of Wales, who has two signed lithographs on display.

    For those wishing to invest for the first time or add to a bulging collection, prices range from £500 to £20,000, with a portion of funds from selected works being donated to this year’s chosen charities Parkinson’s UK and Hearing Dogs. In addition, there are various tours and talks, at a cost of £10 per person, on subjects such as ‘Investing in art’ and ‘An introductory tour on how to start your own collection’.

    Opening times: Saturday 11am - 6pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm

    Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE. Nearest tube stations: Sloane Square or South Kensington.
  • On April 13, 2013
    Gabrielle Sander answered the question: Gabrielle Sander

    What’s happening this weekend in London?

    Marsipan and Milou by Agnetha Sjoergen
    Chelsea Art Fair

    Running until Sunday, April 14th, the re-launched Chelsea Art Fair is the best place to head this weekend if you’re interested in viewing or purchasing some art. 35 modern and contemporary artists from the UK and overseas are displaying at Chelsea Old Town Hall, where specially selected examples of their work will go on show for the first time.

    Artists showing at the fair include: Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst; Cube Gallery-represented Karen Edwards and Katie Allen; Ireland-born Andrew Dillon; Australian Mark Hanham, who boasts the likes of Russell Crowe among his collectors, and is making his London debut; and HRH The Prince of Wales, who has two signed lithographs on display.

    For those wishing to invest for the first time or add to a bulging collection, prices range from £500 to £20,000, with a portion of funds from selected works being donated to this year’s chosen charities Parkinson’s UK and Hearing Dogs. In addition, there are various tours and talks, at a cost of £10 per person, on subjects such as ‘Investing in art’ and ‘An introductory tour on how to start your own collection’.

    Opening times: Saturday 11am - 6pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm

    Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE. Nearest tube stations: Sloane Square or South Kensington.
  • On April 6, 2013
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    What are the best Indian restaurants in London?


    London is home to a plethora of great Indian restaurants, here's a trio to tantalise your tastebuds: 

    Cinnamon Club: Food that makes you go ‘mmm’. Cinnamon Club is fine dining in Grade II surroundings, without any pretence. With celebrity chef and bestselling cookbook author Vivek Singh at the helm, the food focuses on bringing alive local produce using traditional Indian techniques. The result boasts tender meats, infused with smoky and aromatic spices – made to be accompanied by a good whiskey or full bodied red; enough delicious vegetarian dishes to ensure those that way inclined walk away feeling loved and full, and top class service to make one want to return again and again (and tell their friends about it). Sister restaurants Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho, are also worthy your attention. 

    Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St, London, SW1P 3BU.


    Moti Mahal: Due to its Covent Garden location, Moti Mahal is a great restaurant to head to for some fine Indian cuisine before or after the theare; lunchtime too, for some mid-shopping respite. Head Chef Anirudh ‘Ani’ Arora has put together a menu which echoes time spent living and travelling around India and researching the Grand Trunk Road – a 16th century route connecting Varanasi, Delhi, Amritsar and Pakistan. Diners tastebuds are taken on a similarly exciting journey – although, in the leather banquettes and white cotton-clothed tables, a far more comfortable one. Be sure to try Moti Mahal’s spicy Gin Shikanjvi cocktail; with red chillies, black peppercorns and cumin, it’s a perfect pre-feast appetiser.

    Moti Mahal, 45 Great Queen St, London, WC2B 5AA

    Potli: Located a little off the beaten track between Hammersmith and Chiswick, but this ‘Indian Market Kitchen’ is definitely worth the trek. Opened in 2011 by old friends and business partners Jay Ghosh and Uttam Tripathy, Potli’s ethos is to honour and showcase the dishes their grandmothers and mothers made at home, through a variety of different regions, and their respective differing flavours. The menu is split into six market areas: Chowpatty beach, Mumbai; Chandni Chowk, Delhi; Chowrenghee Lane, Calcutta; Aminabad in Old Lucknow; Fountain Chowk, Ludhiana, Punjab; and Charminar Market in Hyderabad, recognised for their speciality for street food, tikka masala, roadside snacks, Tandoor dishes, biriyani and breads. The results are inventive, generously portioned, well priced and, most importantly, very delicious indeed. 

    Potli, 319-321 King St, London, W6 9NH
  • On March 31, 2013
    Gabrielle Sander answered the question: Gabrielle Sander

    What are the best makeup stores in London?


    Re-stock your beauty bag, or bag a beautiful gift for a friend at one of the city's best makeup stores.

    The Beauty Workshop, Selfridges: For a one-stop, top selection of beauty brands head to The Beauty Workshop at Selfridges: 5,000 square feet of treats for the face, body and hair. Among the over 50 brands lining the shelves are Crème de la Mer, Dior, Laura Mercier, Paul & Joe and Tom Ford, as well as grooming services from the Blink Brow Bar, Hershesons Blow Dry Bar, The Paint Shop by nails inc., and St Tropez Skin Finishing Studio.

    Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB. Nearest tubes: Bond Street and Oxford Circus.

    Space.NK.apothecary: 20 years after the first outpost from this store opened in a former banana warehouse in Covent Garden, Space NK now boasts over 30 outlets spread across the city. Each one follows the same, aesthetic-pleasing formula: a cleanly laid out collection of fragrances, make-up, hair and body care and accessories, with customer advisors on hand to prescribe products and deliver mini makeovers. Expect a relatively small, but excellent selection of some of the best beauty brands out there, including Aromatherapy Associates, Eve Lom, Clarisonic, Chantecaille, By Terry, Bumble & Bumble and Stila.

    Liberty: An emporium of beauty in exquisite surroundings, Liberty’s Beauty & Fragrance Hall, is a pleasure to peruse, pick up gifts, sample something new or head to before a night out to get some false eyelashes fixed. Aesop, REN, Miller Harris, Cowshed, OPI and Nars are among the brands on offer.

    Great Marlborough Street, W1B 5AH. Nearest tubes: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus.

    Shu Uemura: This Japanese brand, renowned for its multi-award-winning cleansing oils, is stocked all over London in various stores; head to Neal Street in Covent Garden for the only standalone shop. A small, brightly lit space filled with the brand’s sleekly packaged make-up, skincare and accessories.

    24 Neal Street, WC2H 9QW. Nearest tubes: Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road.

  • On March 31, 2013
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  • On March 31, 2013
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    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in London?

    Copyright: Errol Douglas Limited
    Keep your barnet beautiful with a blowout at one of these top London salons: 

    Errol Douglas LimitedIf you can secure the MBE and industry award-winning man himself, do, for your hair will be in incredibly safe and talented hands, and locks transformed from drab to fab in no time at all. Perfect for some pre-dinner pampering before heading off to one of the top restaurants a stone’s throw away: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Le Gavroche, Galvin at Windows, et al… Alternatively, head there first thing for breakfast prepared by the in-house chef and an expert blowout in sleek surroundings to set you up for a day’s retail therapy in London’s designer shopping area. 18 Motcomb Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 8LB. Website.

    Urban Retreat at Harrods

    A polished, top-class salon, situated on the fifth floor of one of London’s top department stores; how convenient! Boasting over 40 hair styling stations and a creative team serving up simple to more complex, bespoke blowouts, it’s perfect for some impromptu preening. Alternatively, treat yourself to the hour-long World’s Most Expensive Blowdry (£275): shampoo and conditioner infused with the skin of white truffles, pure diamond dust and extracts of meteorite, cranial massage, blowout, and a full-size bottle of Truffle by Fuente Shampoo and Conditioner to take home. Fifth Floor, Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL. Website.

    Hershesons Blow Dry Bar

    At a very reasonable £25, Hershesons Blow Dry Bars will leave you with a swish-worthy style in just 30 minutes. Choose from one of 12 looks, including The Bardot, The Wavy Gravy and the Grecian-inspired, plaited updo, The Carlam, at four locations: Topshop, Oxford Circus; Westfield, West London; One New Change, St Pauls and Selfridges, Oxford Street.

  • On March 31, 2013
    Gabrielle Sander answered the question: Gabrielle Sander

    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in London?

    Copyright: Errol Douglas Limited Keep your barnet beautiful with a blowout at one of these top London salons: 

    Errol Douglas LimitedIf you can secure the MBE and industry award-winning man himself, do, for your hair will be in incredibly safe and talented hands, and locks transformed from drab to fab in no time at all. Perfect for some pre-dinner pampering before heading off to one of the top restaurants a stone’s throw away: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Le Gavroche, Galvin at Windows, et al… Alternatively, head there first thing for breakfast prepared by the in-house chef and an expert blowout in sleek surroundings to set you up for a day’s retail therapy in London’s designer shopping area. 18 Motcomb Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 8LB. Website.

    Urban Retreat at Harrods

    A polished, top-class salon, situated on the fifth floor of one of London’s top department stores; how convenient! Boasting over 40 hair styling stations and a creative team serving up simple to more complex, bespoke blowouts, it’s perfect for some impromptu preening. Alternatively, treat yourself to the hour-long World’s Most Expensive Blowdry (£275): shampoo and conditioner infused with the skin of white truffles, pure diamond dust and extracts of meteorite, cranial massage, blowout, and a full-size bottle of Truffle by Fuente Shampoo and Conditioner to take home. Fifth Floor, Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL. Website.

    Hershesons Blow Dry Bar

    At a very reasonable £25, Hershesons Blow Dry Bars will leave you with a swish-worthy style in just 30 minutes. Choose from one of 12 looks, including The Bardot, The Wavy Gravy and the Grecian-inspired, plaited updo, The Carlam, at four locations: Topshop, Oxford Circus; Westfield, West London; One New Change, St Pauls and Selfridges, Oxford Street.

  • On March 31, 2013
    Gabrielle Sander answered the question: Gabrielle Sander

    What are the best yoga studios in London?

    Copyright: Triyoga, Primrose Hill
    Here are some of the top spots to practice your downward dog.

    Sohot Bikram Yoga: Those who have tried and sweated through a Bikram, or ‘hot’ yoga, class will know just how precious any inch of fresh air you can get into the lungs can be during the 90-minute session of stretching, balancing and breathing exercises. Sohot is the only studio in the UK to maintain the oxygen levels in the studio, which in turn is said to boost performance and burns more calories, as well as ridding the air of airborne allergens and impurities. With over 82 classes a week, held across Sohot’s Soho and Victoria studios, there’s a time to suit the tightest of schedules. Visit the website

    Triyoga: There’s something for all levels at this studio, with classes especially catered for babies, children, pre and postnatal and seniors too, and an A-Z of different types: ashtanga, iyengar, jivamukti, hot and kundalini, and much more, including Pilates. With locations in Primrose Hill, Chelsea, Soho and Covent Garden, and a packed timetable from 6.30am-9pm, Monday to Friday, there’s no need to put your practice on hold while you’re on vacation. All four outlets also offer a menu of complementary treatments – from acupuncture to reiki and REN facials – a calendar of dedicated workshops and courses. Visit the website.

    Jivamukti Yoga London: In addition to over 55 classes a week, this West London studio runs various workshops, lectures and performances based on teaching the Juvamukti message and way: ‘vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga’ set to music. Open 7 days a week. Visit the website.
  • On March 31, 2013
    Gabrielle Sander answered the question: Gabrielle Sander

    What are the best yoga studios in London?

    Copyright: Triyoga, Primrose Hill Here are some of the top spots to practice your downward dog.

    Sohot Bikram Yoga: Those who have tried and sweated through a Bikram, or ‘hot’ yoga, class will know just how precious any inch of fresh air you can get into the lungs can be during the 90-minute session of stretching, balancing and breathing exercises. Sohot is the only studio in the UK to maintain the oxygen levels in the studio, which in turn is said to boost performance and burns more calories, as well as ridding the air of airborne allergens and impurities. With over 82 classes a week, held across Sohot’s Soho and Victoria studios, there’s a time to suit the tightest of schedules. Visit the website

    Triyoga: There’s something for all levels at this studio, with classes especially catered for babies, children, pre and postnatal and seniors too, and an A-Z of different types: ashtanga, iyengar, jivamukti, hot and kundalini, and much more, including Pilates. With locations in Primrose Hill, Chelsea, Soho and Covent Garden, and a packed timetable from 6.30am-9pm, Monday to Friday, there’s no need to put your practice on hold while you’re on vacation. All four outlets also offer a menu of complementary treatments – from acupuncture to reiki and REN facials – a calendar of dedicated workshops and courses. Visit the website.

    Jivamukti Yoga London: In addition to over 55 classes a week, this West London studio runs various workshops, lectures and performances based on teaching the Juvamukti message and way: ‘vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga’ set to music. Open 7 days a week. Visit the website.
  • On March 28, 2013
    Gabrielle Sander answered the question: Gabrielle Sander

    What are the best restaurants in London?

    Gaucho From pop-up stall to candlelit haute cuisine, there’s something for all budgets among London’s restaurant scene. Here are some recommendations for vegetarians and meat-eaters:

    Vegetarian

    Smart: Vanilla Black - a Michelin-recommended restaurant hidden down a back street off behind the busy strip of High Holborn; a 5 minute walk from Chancery Lane underground station. A sigh of relief from vegetarians who are finally taken seriously with an extensive menu of original and very pretty plates, which taste as good as they look. One to reserve ahead.

    Casual: Tibits off Regent's Street serves up a buffet selection of over 35 delicious salads, hot dishes, dips and nibbles, but the comfortable surroundings are far from what you’d expect from a help-yourself eaterie. From the people behind the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, (Hiltl, founded in 1898), it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about taking the cuisine beyond just plain ‘rabbit food’. With a no reservations policy in place I recommend heading just as the lunchtime service starts, 11am, or early evening. If the tiramisu is on the menu when you visit, I urge you to try a slice; seriously good!

    Meat

    Smart: For prime, melt-in-the-mouth, cuts of meat in dark, moody (in a good way) surroundings, head to Gaucho. This Argentinean steak house, with 14 locations across the city, combines great service and food, with cowhide pattern wall covering, designer light fittings and floor to ceiling mirrors – in fact, tables folded away it'd make a perfect cocktail bar. While we're on the subject, they also boast a great selection of house cocktails and Argentinean wines.

    Casual: Meat Liquor was the place to head for burgers when it first arrived off Oxford Street in 2011, with people willing to queue for over an hour on its 'no bookings' policy and word of mouth alone. Now the buzz has died down a bit and the burgers served up inside are still good – the real get your hands messy sort; the cocktails, too (may I suggest the Full English Martini), it's a great place to drop by for a laid back bite in stripped back, rock 'n' roll music surroundings. Head down early evening and you’re much more likely to walk straight in.
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  • On March 9, 2013
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    Should visitors rent a car in London?

    With the Underground, Overground, 24-hour bus network, an abundance of cabs to flag down or pre-book, and the Barclays Cycle Hire stations to hop on and off at – not forgetting the pedestrian-friendly, mainly flat terrain to walk on – there really is no need to hire a car while staying in London. In fact, traffic can get so busy over weekends and peak times during the week, I suggest you avoid that option altogether, unless you don't mind wasting your precious time in a long, slow-moving queue.

    If you’re planning to venture out of the city for the day, or are hooked on the idea of driving while you’re here, a pay-as-you-go car hire company such as the City Car Club is a good flexible option; starting at an hourly rate of around £5 ($8).

    Be aware that Monday through Friday, 7am to 8pm, in a bid to reduce traffic, a congestion fee is charged in central, red-lined, zones at £8 a day ($12). Failure to pay this within 24 hours results in a much higher penalty, so be sure to read up and register here before you set off.
  • On March 9, 2013
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    What is the one must do activity when visiting London?

    With so, so much to see, explore, take part in and soak up in London, it's impossible to narrow in on just one must-do. But, if you really are pushed for time, make sure you at least pay a visit to the River Thames.

    England's longest river winds through the heart of its capital, beautifully reflecting the modern, Victorian and Gothic architecture in its waters through ever-changing colors, from the break of dawn to the dead of night; inspiring many a well known artist to capture it in brushstrokes through the ages.

    Wide paths - the shop, gallery and restaurant-lined strip from Waterloo to Blackfriars especially - allow visitors to soak up its glory on foot, while river cruise companies such as City Cruises run frequent trips, 365 days of the year – from 30 minutes to three hours - giving uninterrupted views of iconic bank-side sights, such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.