Vy’s Nails – Earls Court Life
I am the pickiest when it comes to beauty treatments and so I count myself as a very lucky Earls Court resident who happens to have one of the best nail salons in London on their doorstep.
Vy’s Nails (pronounced Vee’s) occupies a small retail space whose previous incarnation seemed to be a tiny call centre cupboard on a converted raised-ground floor apartment on the Earl’s Court Road. It sounds awful, I know, and trust me when I tell you that it was then but it definitely isn’t now! And this is the key to Vy’s and Vy herself.
Vy took this tiny space and somehow rejigged it, tardis style. It is now sleek, clean and streamlined. Four pedicure massage chairs (thank god for these!) and six manicure stations with a further two nail drying stations at the back.
But the important part of all of this is that Vy’s Salon delivers one of the best mani-pedis in London. Seriously, even the die-hard New Yorkers who despair when they arrive on our shores looking for a proper nail treatment have come to love, and travel for, this unassuming West London salon.
You can get a traditional Mani-Pedi for £40 or upgrade to the paraffin wax treatment for an extra £10. They work with Gelish in a zillion colours and also have the extensions covered if you’ve bitten off all your nails like I have!
If Vy isn’t there herself then ask for Bin or Amy – although everyone is good here. And don’t forget to eat one or two of the amazing sweets up at the cash register. Sometimes I pop in to make appointments just so I can snaffle a couple of these down! And that little nugget of info might make me a greedy so and so, but I’m a greedy so and so with impeccable nails.Vy’s Nails 180A Earl’s Court Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9QG 020 7835 0492 Mon-Wed, Fri& Sat 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Atlas Pub – Earls Court
The Atlas is one of Earls Court’s more traditional public houses. With a long central bar that separates eating and drinking areas and quaint walled garden at the side the decor has retained many of its original interior features without holding onto the musty old carpets and slot machines of pubs gone by. Creaky wooden flooring keeps cool in the summer and feels cosy in the winter. Leather sofas and old school chairs are dotted around low coffee and side tables and you will always find a good selection of newspapers to peruse with your pint.
While some pubs are happy to trade on beer, nuts and a nod to nourishment, The Atlas decided to take it up a notch by offering some of the best food in the area. So packed are their Sunday lunchtimes that you sometimes need to book two to three weeks in advance.
Try a Scaloppine ‘di vitelo’ deep fried veal rump, watercress and radish salad with crème fraiche and paprika, and you’ll see what I mean. The grilled yellow fin tuna with new potatoes, sun dried tomatoes, green beans & anchovy dressing is to die for. And with dessert they don’t disappoint but I always favour their profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce.
And with such food one does tend to thirst a little. The Atlas has a generous and well thought out wine list ( they play host to the London Wine Academy Wine Workshops, but that’s another post…) and four ales on tap at any one time from a range of hand picked British breweries.
Aren’t we lucky to have so much of the world on our doorstep…The Atlas Pub 16 Seagrave Rd, Earls Court, SW6 1RX 020 7385 9129 Mon-Sat: 12-11pm, Sun: 12-10.30pm
Best Tapas – Tendido Cero
To say that Tendido Cero serves the best tapas in Earls Court may well be a little disingenuous because Tendido Cero is the only tapas bar in Earls Court. That said, I put it to you that since Tendido opened it’s restaurant doors four years ago there has been no point in any other tapas bar trying to compete with them. On any level. At all. So, best tapas it is.
It is a combination of things that conspire to make a visit to Tendido so delightful; the crisp white table cloths against the deep maroon walls, the never ending stream of incredibly helpful and knowledgeable Spanish waiters, a wine list to tempt any would be sommelier and of course the food.
If you play it safe, have some padron peppers, a cheese and charcuterie board, some chorizo, croquettes and the like, you will come away suitably sated but probably still eye up the menu for round two of los nuevos patatas bravas; hollowed out tubes of potatoes filled with traditional spicy sauce and topped with a dollop of aioli. Heaven.
If you close your eyes and dive into the menu like a full on foodie you are going to have a fantastic meal. You’ll need a plate of Aubergine chips with home made rosemary honey. And, while you’re at it, an order of Crunchy Arzua cheese with sweet tomato marmalade wouldn’t go a miss. The oven baked asparagus with romescu sauce and the marinated quail are to die for. If you can squeeze in more, order the baby eels cooked in olive oil, garlic and chilli. Simple and delicious.
Finish off with an order of Churros con Chocolate. Roll home.Tendido Cero 174 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 0BA 020 7370 3685 Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-3.30 6.30-11pm