Snaps Restaurant, Reykjavik

When I asked the residents of Reykjavik where they liked to eat, Snaps restaurant was often first on their list. This casual neighbourhood bistro is always full of happy diners enjoying comforting and tasty food. Located in downtown Reykjavik, the eatery is close to many of the city’s main attractions. The menu shows a strong Danish influence, with dishes such as the range of popular open sandwiches.

The bar snacks made nice light starters; we tried the Grilled Zucchini and Goat’s Cheese, and the Calamari Fritti. The Calamari was wonderfully fresh with a soft texture and no unpleasant chewiness, it was coated in light batter and served with a delicious lemony aioli. The grilled courgette was disappointingly served cold, while the goat’s cheese was heavy with an almost citrusy aftertaste. The dish was topped with crushed nuts.

Our main courses were hearty and filling, Lamb Prime steak for me, and Duck with fried potatoes and salad for my guest. Both were served with airy béarnaise sauce. A fruity full-bodied red wine was brought to our table to compliment the meaty flavours. The meats were of a very high quality; the lamb particularly had a lovely velvety texture with a crispy grilled edge. The accompanying home cut French fries were addictively good, extra thin and salty. The duck pulled away easily from the bone and had a lovely crispy skin that reminded me of childhood Chinese takeaways. Silence fell over the table as we gorged on the feast before us.

We shared a rich and decadent chocolate brownie with ice cream for dessert. It was the perfect sweet treat to finish the meal. Snaps has a lovely atmosphere and a great reputation. Make sure you book a table in advance and eat as the locals do!

More information and book here.

Many thanks to the Iceland Tourist board for their help with this trip, more information here.

East is East, Trafalgar Studios

I have never seen the film East is East, so I couldn’t compare this stage version to the original motion picture like everyone else was on press night. Currently on stage at the boutique theatre Trafalgar Studios, this revival of Ayub Khan-Din’s play offers an insight into the multicultural issues which arise in a joint faith marriage and consequently affect the mixed race Pakistani-English children.

The audience quickly get to know George and Ella Khan and six of their seven headstrong children. Brought up in 1970s Salford with a strict Pakistani father, the kids witness a cultural clash between their surroundings and their heritage, eager to please their tyrannical dad whilst still making their own life decisions. Pakistan’s troubles at the time are often mentioned and are of paramount importance to George’s running of the family. Back in his hometown his first wife receives regular gifts of material from him, and we hear about the political upheaval from TV and radio updates.

The cast work together immaculately to form the volatile Khan family. Jane Horrocks is delicate but daring as the mother stuck between her aggressive husband and demanding children, and I particularly warmed to Sally Bankes as Auntie Annie, Ella’s much needed friend. Also memorably impressive is Michael Karim who plays Sajit the youngest and most disturbed child hidden under his Parka hood.

The dusty brick stage remains in place throughout the play despite the changes in location. It became a little confusing when they attempted to transform the homely space into a chip shop. It is thoughtfully directed by rising star, Sam Yates who manages to create an evocative home environment, and finds excitement in the mundane.

East is East is a beautifully acted play which remains harshly relevant today. An intelligent comedy which leaves one questioning the society we live in.

Continues until 3 January 2015, book tickets here.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MISSY: Royal Opera House live cinema season 2014/15

Thursday the 16th of October marked the launch of the Royal Opera House live cinema season 2014/15. The production on the big screen that night was The Royal Ballet’s Manon with Marianela Nuñez playing the title role and Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux, Manon’s love. Of course, nothing can better the spectacle of such high quality ballet live on stage, but experiencing it in high definition detail on the big screen offers thrilling insights that are simply not accessible from a normal auditorium view. The audience could hear the pointe shoes delicately hitting the floor with every movement of Kenneth Macmillan’s stunning choreography, they could see the sweat glistening on the dancer’s bodies as they contorted and arranged themselves into beautiful shapes, and they could feel the atmosphere of the stage in the comfort of their cinema seats. Though it is difficult to replicate the exact ambience of sitting in the Royal Opera House auditorium, one of the most exciting features of this project is that the audience members, in over 1,000 cinemas across the UK and the world, are also experiencing live action. There is still the drama of unedited performance and the adrenaline rush that comes with it. For those who are unable to make it to the live performances, the Royal Opera House have now introduced ‘encore’ screenings of the productions, which occur on the Sunday following the initial live showing.

The 2014/15 season will run 11 productions in total; 7 operas and 4 ballets. The program is varied, ranging from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (live showing on the 16th December) to La Boheme (10th June 2015) and everything in between. There is something for everyone and it would be difficult to find a reason not to go! Watching these productions on screen offers unparalleled views and close ups of every feature of the performance, from the individual orchestra members down in the pit to the facial expressions of every dancer on stage. The cinema audiences also benefit from beautifully framed shots which bring an extra aesthetic mediation to the productions; the cameras in the auditorium perfectly framed the stunning, heartbreaking final pas de deux between Manon and Les Grieux and also captured the witty and humorous ‘drunk Lescaut’ (expertly performed by Ricardo Cervera) dancing at the beginning of the second act. Watching a ballet in these surroundings is like watching the most eloquent, luxurious silent film with full musical score.

This season the next production to grace the silver screen is Verdi’s opera, ‘I Due Foscari’ on the 27th of October at 7.15pm. I urge anyone reading this to attend at least one of the live screenings  from the iconic ROH. Last year, the ROH live cinema season showed Giselle which had a huge audience of 57,000 people (which happened to outdo Spiderman’s box office ratings for that day!) This year, Manon was the highest box office result for that night. Clearly, there is a reason why these productions are proving so successful: These screenings are a perfect evening out, seeing world class talent, for a fraction of the price (tickets for the screenings are just over £10) and unparalleled views. Check the ROH website for the next screening near you and spend a night at the opera, with a box of popcorn.

More information on the ROH live cinema season here.

Written by Thoroughly Modern Missy, Angelica Bomford.

Multi-Generational Travel Destinations

Students – Lisbon

Lisbon is an enchanting mix of old and new, sun and sea, ups and downs. Navigate your way round the hills and you will find traditional neighbourhoods, breathtaking views, cute cafes and boutiques, all within walking distance. When your feet do begin to ache the modes of transport are numerous: trains, trams, taxis and modern tuk-tuks! Aside from the typical tourist attractions, this capital has plenty of other ideas for young people to explore. Flights are cheap to Lisbon and the night life is infectious!

Stay at The Independente: the trendiest hostel and suites accommodation in the city. This funky venue also offers a groovy bar and restaurant for guests and visitors. Cheap and cool.

Couples – Zurich

Many assume Zurich will be stiff and stern, with thoughts of finance and business, I witnessed the opposite: a fresh and friendly city with beautiful surroundings, a delightful old town, a cool and creative burgeoning industrial quarter, and a culture which is instantly likeable. Just 80 minutes from London by plane to Switzerland’s most popular city, it is the perfect weekend destination for a romantic getaway.

Stay at Baur au Lac: the belle of the town, Baur au Lac hotel is the most renowned place to stay in Zurich. Currently celebrating its 170th birthday the hotel has served many famous and royal guests over the years. Today it upholds the highest level of classic luxury and tradition whilst regularly modernising its facilities. It is a special place for couples to celebrate a special occasion and indulge in a lovely city break.

Families – Cornwall

While my friends jetted off in the school holidays to exciting international destinations my family drove to Cornwall, it seemed like an unfair substitution. Now, years later, I can truly appreciate this amazing county, and particularly take advantage of its close proximity to London. Serene sunny beaches, stunning sights, charming pubs, long countryside walks and a carefree lifestyle, Cornwall is a blissful destination for a refreshing minibreak family holiday. Just 4-5 hours by train from London Cornwall has a plethora of activities and sites for kids and adults. I can particularly recommend The Minack Theatre and The Eden Project, enjoyable for the whole family.

Stay at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa: Set into the cliff above Mawgan Porth Beach on the North Cornwall coast Bedruthan is build amongst a stunning backdrop. This award-winning hotel has been welcoming families for over 60 year and has something for every age-group: free activity programmes, kids clubs, surf lessons and all the facilities to ignite a child’s imagination.

Just Retired – Oslo

Unusual and exciting, Oslo has an icy cold appearance and climate but is perhaps the warmest and friendliest city I have visited. In recent years Norway’s capital has grown in popularity and importance, with the ‘barcode’ business district developing at speed and the hotel and restaurant scene becoming more trendy and diverse than ever before. It may be more expensive than its Scandi counterparts but it has just as much, if not more, to explore and discover.

Stay at The Thief: Less than a year old, the Thief hotel is without doubt the most enticing hotel in Oslo. Located on the water’s edge in the cultural hub of Tjuvholmen, this coveted hotel is the home for every celebrity visiting the city. With an enviable art collection and an alliance with neighbouring gallery, Astrup Fearnley, the accommodation looks as seductive as it feels. Hotels don’t come much cooler than this.

Mature travellers – Alicante

Of all the wonderful Spanish cities Alicante is not the most obvious destination for a weekend break, however with 300 days of sunshine a year and very cheap daily flights from London airports, Alicante is sure to suit those in need of a warm minibreak, all year round. The destination is ideal for older travellers as it offers exoticism without the long flight, warm weather and great food.

Stay at Asia Gardens: This contained luxury hotel is an oasis of calm and luxury 30 minutes drive from Alicante city centre. This Asian inspired exotic hotel offers indulgent rooms, sparkling pools and a traditional Thai spa. With several restaurants and tropical gardens on site there is no need to leave the hotel!

Basingstoke- Pemberley House:  Once you’ve embarked upon most of your travels, an idyllic setting to retire in, could be found in Basingstoke. In the event that you’re looking at your different retirement options, this town situated on the outskirts of the county of Hampshire with its picturesque countryside, may be more than just picture perfect. Gracewell’s Pemberley House care home in Basingstoke,  is a classic example of one of the facilities you could invest in for retirement living at its best.

I hope these destinations will inspire you to travel, whatever your age.

Hot on the Highstreet Week 231

As I get older I look more and more at interiors, I see irresistible wallpaper, sofas, and design features that I want to have in my home with me. Stockholm is one of my favourite cities for attractive homeware, and at the moment there is a surge in interest for Scandi design.

Bxxlght, a design company that creates light boxes in plexiglas with different led light techniques. The company was founded in 2013 by Daniela Upmark in Stockholm, Sweden. Bxxlght is not just a simple product. The light box is a design product, an artwork and at the same time is a stylish disguised lamp. The performance of the light boxes can vary; you could have it standing on the floor, on a bookshelf or place it on the wall.

Upmark came up with the idea in New York in 2011 and the cool product definitely has that ‘Brooklyn look’. She felt something was missing in the Swedish design market, especially at a time when home decor with personal creative touches was so popular. She says: “I wanted to find art that stood out and that did not have to cost as much as an art work from a gallery or from exclusive auctions. For each season we will let a creator interpret a light box, which will be available as a limited edition”, says Daniela Upmark, CEO and designer for Bxxlght.

Buy one of the shop made products with slogans such as ‘You had me at Hello’ and ‘Welcome to Paradise’ (Regular 510 euros 90 x 70 x 13 cm or Small 410 euros 70 x 50 x 13 cm) or design your own to add light and creativity to your home!

Retailers in the UK include Holly’s Home and Astella Hrela. Or check out the Bxxlght website here.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MISSY: London Firebird Orchestra presents: A Viennese Whirl

The London Firebird Orchestra‘s 2014/15 season started on Tuesday night with the first of four concerts to take place over the next year. The programme boasted an array of the classical music world’s top Viennese waltz hits as well as a handful of charming German songs performed by soloist Silvia Hauer. George Jackson made his conducting debut with the orchestra and, having just come back from studying in Vienna, the theme of the evening was very fitting. It was also Jacqueline Martens first time as leader of the London Firebird Orchestra, making it a trifecta of new faces to the London Firebird stage.

The London Firebird Orchestra, set up in 2012 by Marc Corbett-Weaver, is the answer to where recently graduated music conservatoire students go to play in the terrifying ‘what now’ gap after leaving education and before securing a seat in one of London’s established orchestras . The young group of musicians create an energy that only a young dynamic orchestra can provide. The collective youth of the orchestra was sometimes visible in the occasionally tentative playing, but generally, the group held their own under the excellent direction of Mr Jackson. Though the programme’s unvaried material was not adventurous, the instrumentalists, most especially the wind sections, thrived on the notoriously tricky syncopated rhythm of the Viennese waltzes. I will take this opportunity to commend Alisdair Hill (oboe), Samantha Pearce (flute) and James Meldrum (clarinet) for their excellent playing, both in the ensemble and solo passages. The orchestra in general appeared to grow more confident as the evening went on and by the end of the concert the atmosphere was buzzing with Viennese whirls and flourishes.

It must be said that the real star of the evening was Silvia Hauer, the mezzo-soprano soloist. Her charisma and excellent stage presence punctuated the evening, providing respite from the heavier instrumental waltzes. The programme of songs enabled Ms Hauer to showcase her superb singing and also her wonderful acting ability, going from a passionate Carmen in Bizet’s ‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle’ to a hilarious drunkard in Strauss’ ‘Schwipslied’ from ‘Eine nacht in Venedig’.

The rest of the programme also contained some highlights, from the tradition of the instrumentalists singing in the Bauern Polka by Strauss, to the comical homage to the original performance of Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ movement of his Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp minor, in which members of the orchestra would gradually get up and walk off eventually leaving only two violinists and the conductor on stage. These fun touches and the double encore at the end, complete with audience participation in the form of clapping (expertly conducted by Mr Jackson) were the components to a satisfying and pleasant evening of famous Viennese music at the Actor’s Church of Covent Garden. You can catch the London Firebird Orchestra at their next concert on the 8th of February 2015 at their King’s Place debut where they will be playing a varied repertoire of classical composers.

More information on the London Firebird Orchestra here.

Written by Thoroughly Modern Missy, Angelica Bomford.

The Dairy, Clapham

Clapham has never been a very appealing place to me: hectic main station, chain stores filling the streets and predominantly occupied by young professionals who continue to live and act like students. Recently though one of my best friends has moved to the neighbourhood forcing me to reconsider what Clapham has to offer. Consequently I have discovered The Dairy, a brilliant independent eatery serving innovative food that looks and tastes delicious.

A few months ago, when I took to Twitter to ask for Clapham restaurant recommendations, the Dairy was the unanimous favourite. The small characterful restaurant is found near Clapham Common station and certainly stands out, with its trendy distressed look and retro rustic décor – it is very countryside chic.

The utmost care is taken to use locally sourced ingredients. The September menu features an assortment of inventive and interesting flavours with a particular focus on seasonal produce. The chef, Robin Gill and his team collect many of the fresh components from the roof where an allotment has been planted!

The dishes are of the ‘small plate’ variety, reasonably priced, until the waiter tells you that you’ll need at least four each. Here’s what we shared between the three of us, carefully selecting from the themed sections on the menu.

Snacks
Sariette de Banon, courgettes, rooftop honey, basil £6
Truffled Brie de Meaux on fig & walnut toast, rooftop honey £8.5
Galician octopus, fresh coco beans, chorizo £6.5

Garden
Butternut squash, rooftop rocket, buttermilk £7.5

Land
Yorkshire venison, celeriac, game sausage, blackberries £10
Suckling pig belly, cobnuts, heritage carrots, cavolo nero £10

Sweet
Salted caramel, cacao, malted barley ice cream £6.5

Cheese
36 month aged Comte, grapes, maple & thyme cracker £7.5

There was a delicious sounding Gin Sour available but we opted for a bottle of house wine. Each dish is immaculately composed with clever contrasting flavours and textures. Highlights for me were the Truffled cheese on toast, a creamy, nutty and sweet delight; the rich and succulent pig belly with startlingly black cavolo nero and bright orange heritage carrots. Octopus and chorizo was a lighter dish for seafood fans and Butternut squash was a delicately seasoned vegetarian option.

For dessert the Dairy keeps things simple with a decadent chocolate caramel recipe paired with ice-cream, it was one of the best puddings I have ever tasted. Greedy rascals that we are, we couldn’t resist the cheese plate which completed the meal perfectly.

Those who want to experience the Dairy’s creative flair should order the bespoke seven course tasting menu carefully selected by the kitchen and priced at £45 per person. A diamond in the rough, the Dairy makes me want to visit Clapham again and again.

More information and book a table here.

Things to do in Iceland

I have only just learnt how to spell Reykjavik correctly… and after my short visit I can assure you, Iceland’s capital city is as surprising and captivating as its name. This isolated country is a unique and unusual destination, an island out at sea between Europe and America, unlike anywhere else I have ever been. With miles of deserted volcanic land and natural phenomena to see it is ideal for adventurers and explorers. Back in the town of Reykjavik there are home comforts of every kind, cute coffee cafes, high quality meat and fish restaurants, cool art galleries and design stores to browse. Night life is exciting and the harbour offers boat trips out to see local wildlife. In just 3 days I experienced so many firsts I returned to London feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

To Sleep

Kex Hostel – Possibly the coolest hostel on the planet. Kex is located in downtown Reykjavik housed in an old biscuit factory. Rooms are basic but brilliantly designed with quirky furniture and vintage ornaments. The communal areas are always buzzing thanks to the trendy and comfortable décor, tasty food and reasonably priced drinks.

Ranga Hotel – Out in the wilderness Ranga Hotel is one of the optimum places to see the Northern Lights. If you fancy a night outside the city this lovely 4 star hotel is the perfect place to stay and marvel at the colourful sky.

To Eat

Snaps – This neighbourhood restaurant is a favourite with locals. Serving casual tasty cuisine in a cosy venue, it is always busy so book ahead – tables are very sought after.

Laundromat –  This American-style diner hails from Denmark. Guests can use the coin-operated laundrette in the basement to clean their clothes whilst tucking in to a hearty brunch. Admire the amazing maps and read a book from the rainbow display.

Grillmarket – The top place in the city for steaks, Grillmarket is expensive but well worth the spend. Most of the produce comes directly from the farm to the table, via the kitchen! We sampled the exemplary Beef tenderloin and rib-eye which had a fine flavour and silky texture cooked both medium rare and medium well. For fish fans, Fish Market is highly regarded, both run by chef Hrefna Rosa.

Hamborgarabullan – Many will know Tommi’s Burger Joint in London which, after receiving rave reviews has expanded to a second branch. This hang-out in Reykjavik is Tomas Tomasson’s original joint and still stands serving irresistibly juicy and delicious burgers. The venue is more like a hut, with a maximum of 20 seats, and scruffy notes and posters collaged over the walls.

Boejarins Beztu – On the corner of Tryggvagata and Posthusstraeti this tiny van serves the best hot dogs in Reykjavik, coated in sauces and garnished with crispy onions, it is just the kind of comfort you’ll need on a freezing Icelandic day.

Bada Bing – Ice-cream is a bit of a craze in Iceland despite the climate! This trendy new parlour serves creamy gelato in tempting flavours.

To Drink

Loftid – This upstairs bar is ornate and with a sense of vintage glamour. Loftid is one of the leading cocktail venues in the city serving up sensational strong but pricey drinks. My favourites were the Bourbon based Lofitd Old Fashioned and the fruity Forbidden Apple.

Mokka Kaffi – A lovely 1950s old-fashioned café and gallery space which serves good coffee and cake in a comfortable, cosy setting. The hot chocolate is excellent, topped with freshly whipped cream but most pop in for the famous house waffles with cream and jam.

Reykjavik Roasters – My favourite coffee shop we found was Reykjavik Roasters. Also known as Kaffismiðja Íslands this café serves the best speciality coffee in the city. The coffee is roasted on location and the coffee itself is bought directly from the farmers, predominantly from Colombia, recently they have introduced coffee from Nicaragua as well. The design-led venue is often filled with caffeine-fuelled locals working away.

Kol – A new venue in town Kol serves impressive food and creative cocktails. The head chefs, Einar Hjaltason and Kári Þorsteinsson have gathered over 20 years of experience at Reykjavík‘s best restaurants as well as working at several known restaurants in Europe, Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Dabbous and Noma.

Slippbarinn – Leading the cocktail movement in the city Slippbarinn makes fine concoctions with innovative flavour combinations. Regular visits from renowned mixologists from around the world ensures this bar stay ahead of the trend.

Tiu Dropar – Ten Drops is one of the oldest cafes in Reykjavik, offering great coffee during the day and transforms into a romantic wine bar at night.

To Do

Elding Whale Watching – I’ve always dreamt of seeing one of the world’s biggest animals. The Elding Whale Watching is an environmentally friendly tour which often catching glimpses of minke whales, harbour porpoises and other sealife. We spotted a fin soaring through the rough waves and a group of porpoises sailing past as we headed back to the harbour. The tours are brilliantly organised, with informative and friendly guides and affordable ticket prices. Add Elding to your Reykjavik itinerary for a truly memorable encounter with these giant creatures.

Hallgrimskirkja – Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland, and at 73 metres it is a striking sight from the streets of town.Pay the equivalent of £5 for a ticket to the top of the church and admire the views over Reykjavik.

Blue Lagoon – Mesmerising and magical these milky blue waters are an unmissable sight to see and experience in Iceland. Take a warming dip and coat your face in a deep cleansing mud mask. Before leaving make sure you head up to the viewing balcony to see the miracle from a distance, it really is breathtakingly beautiful.

Reykjavik Tours – The best way to see the sights of Iceland is with Reykjavik Tours. This efficient company are exemplary, organising sightseeing trips to all the major sights, picking you up from your hotel door. We experienced the popular Golden Circle and Fontana Spa tour with an exceptional tour guideHöskuldur Frímansson was funny, cultured and a brilliant communicator. On this one day tour we saw the epic Gullfoss waterfall, the unusual and sublime Geysirs, Thingvellir National Park and the parting of the tectonic plates and the Fontana geothermal baths. It was a great day seeing some of Iceland’s most spectacular sights.

To See

i8 Gallery – This tiny art gallery shows some of Reykjavik’s most prestigious shows. The gallery represents 18 artists, and the clean white space is a pleasure to wander round.

Reykjavik Art Gallery – The leading contemporary art gallery in the city close by to the harbour is worth a visit. I particularly liked the collection of Erro works, the renowned postmodern Icelandic artist.

To Shop

Hrim Honnunarhus – If you are interested in designer objects for your home, Hrím Hönnunarhús is the best place to start. It offers a variety of decorations and furniture by both Icelandic and international designers, as well as candles, jewellery, and fragrances.

KronKron – A shop for Reykjavik’s coolest fashionistas KronKron stocks a great collection of designer clothes and accessories. The shop is colourful and exciting to look round, I went in several times and fell in love with something new each visit.

Sputnik – Retro shops are plentiful in Reykjavik and Sputnik is one of the best for vintage clothes.

Suit – This shop has only recently opened, a Danish clothing brand for style conscious men. The retail space has been created by HAF Studio and suits the classic designs of the clothing.

Foa – Pick up an Icelandic souvenir from this pretty and untouristy shop. Less than a year old Foa is satisfying customers with its humorous postcards, quirky stationery and unique gifts.

Kolaportio – This indoor fleamarket takes place every Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm and is a great place to find a special Scandinavian item to take home.

Many thanks to the Iceland Tourist board for their help with this trip. More info here.

PREVIEW: The Players’ Joys present The Magnificent Music Hall, Wilton’s Music Hall

The Players’ have been recreating Victorian music hall for 75 years. Produced by Jan Hunt, spiritual grand-daughter of East End girl-turned-superstar Marie Lloyd, the show features songs, comedy, magic and that special staple of music hall – the audience sing-along.

Music hall developed as a form of popular entertainment in Britain in the 19th century. A mixture of songs, comedy and speciality acts such as conjuring, escapology and musical dexterity; it entertained patrons who were busy drinking and smoking the length and breadth of the country. Song sheets will be provided!

Wilton’s Music Hall is the perfect venue for the occasion. The second you step inside Wilton’s you enter another era, the style, atmosphere and elegance is transporting. Put on your best frock, have a drink in the vintage Mahogany Bar and then enjoy the show.

“Anyone who enjoys a modern day alt-cabaret extravaganza such as La Cirque should be glad of the chance to see how the earlier generation laid down the conventions”
The Times

“This is cutting edge Victoriana… rich in the eccentricities beloved by the British and their visitors”
Time Out

Book tickets for the show on 28th October here.

Hot on the Highstreet Week 230 – Gilmour & Gray

Let me introduce you to Gilmour & Gray – handmade quality Chelsea boots with a colourful twist.

G&G launched on Thursday 16th October, a high-end and innovative brand, masterminded by two brothers from Gloucestershire. Currently based in London the boots are taking to the streets just in time the Christmas rush. Unisex and made entirely from one piece of the finest Portuguese leather, these boots will inspire Autumn and Christmas shoppers – the perfect present for father, son, daughter and mother.

A timeless classic, these Chelsea boots offer the consumer a cutting edge yet classy look. They are comfortable, hard-wearing and ideal for chilly winter weather. The Autumn collection comprises of four designs: traditional brown suede, brown suede with red elastic, blue elastic and green elastic.

The Gilmour & Gray collection range from European size 36 – 46 and start from £150 per pair, including VAT, (excluding postage and packaging).

Buy your boots here: www.gilmourandgray.co.uk