My West London Life

Paola Langella

September
18

Originally from Naples, Paola Langella is a former dancer, but took up teaching Pilates after she suffered a neck injury and had to stop training. With gentle and holistic methods, she’s known to achieve amazing results. We catch up with Paola on her passion for Pilates and unravel some of those top health tips she swears by.

Can you tell us how your career in Pilates came about and what inspired you to make this your livelihood?

I approached the Pilates technique because I injured my neck during a dance show. I had two slipped discs at the cervical spine and I couldn’t move my left arm. All the doctors and osteopaths I… Read more →

Mrs J Mackay

September
3

Mrs J Mackay, head teacher at Hawkesdown House, on the education system, what it takes for a busy school head to unwind, and the recent change of becoming co-ed after a long history of all-boys prep schooling.

Hawkesdown House has historically been an all-boys prep, but we hear you’re becoming co-ed. What has sparked this change, and how do you think the school will change with it?

Hawkesdown is indeed becoming co-ed and at the same time extending its provision to 11. In my time as Headmistress here, I have… Read more →

Master trainer Sandy Macaskill shares fitness tips from Barry’s Bootcamp

August
16

With summer in full swing, we catch up with Barry’s Bootcamp master trainer Sandy Macaskill for some expert fitness tips, as well as a glimpse into a typical day in the life of

What is a typical day for you at Barry’s Bootcamp?

So the best part of my job is there’s no typical day really. Take the other day – I taught my morning class, jumped into a meeting with my managers, rushed off to row on the Thames for a charity event, literally got taken off the boat in the middle… Read more →

The Ivy Kensington Brasserie and John Bristow, BBC Proms

August
3

In celebration of this year’s BBC Proms, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie has partnered with Josh Bristow, a London-based artist and illustrator. Hosted at the nearby Royal Albert Hall, on display will be a selection of intrinsically designed bunting, created by Josh Bristow and inspired by Kensington, its iconic landmarks, the BBC Proms and wonders of London

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Chertsey, Surrey, and grew up there which gave me lots of great memories.

Where are you based now?

I live in Weybridge in Surrey now. I have just bought my first flat which I am so proud of. It’s a great location as it has fast trains into London and… Read more →

Catherine Salway and Andrea Waters

May
2

Catherine Salway and Andrea Waters, founders of all-vegan and alcohol-free Redemption Bar - which has just crowdfunded over £300k for further expansion - talk ethical business, female leadership, and the wonder of urban green spaces like Hyde Park

What was the inspiration behind the launch of Redemption Bar?

It’s brilliant that so many people are choosing to lead healthier lifestyles, not just for themselves but for the planet. The younger generation are becoming more conscious, turning away from alcohol and consuming fewer animal products.… Read more →

Laure Patry

April
18

Laure Patry, group head sommelier of Jason Atherton's The Social Company, on falling in love with wine, taking guests on a tasting journey, getting hold of in-demand vintages, and Loire Valley chenin blanc

You have worked in the wine industry from a young age; did you always know you wanted to work as a sommelier?

I always knew I wanted to work in a restaurant from a young age as I really enjoyed the service side of the work, and the interaction with the guests. The opportunity to learn about wine came when I finished… Read more →