West - 4/5 - The Vintage Guide To London
In Ancient Greece, the word for school, scholee, also meant ‘leisure’. Education was a pleasure, a privilege freely chosen by the freeborn citizens of Athens. The Idler Academy, which launched earlier this year, wants to bring this spirit of cultivated leisure to the 21st century, and cross it with the lively atmosphere of an 18th century coffeehouse. We’ve met up with founder Tom Hodgkinson to find out why we should be going back to school.
Henry James once said ‘there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.’ There is certainly no-one more dedicated than Rebecca McWattie – here’s her review of a very Twenties afternoon tea at the Park Lane Hotel.
Set up by sisters Zoë and Rebecca Plummer, vintage womens and menswear boutique Victory Vintage is a fantastic addition to Bayswater’s bland Whiteley’s Shopping Centre and a much needed alternative to the centre’s plethora of same-old fashion chains