Uncovering the Secrets of Suttons & Robertsons

I’ve never really known exactly what a pawnbroker is. Often dark and dingy, occupying a strange little corner shop, they can be mysterious places that most people walk past without a backwards glance. Suttons & Robertsons couldn’t be more of a contrast to my naïve assumption.

Suttons & Robertsons is London’s oldest, active, pawnbroking business and is among the largest in the UK. This highly revered company has had a long history offering loans to cash-poor, asset-rich customers in their branches across London and Manchester.

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I visited the Victoria store to learn more about the historic company and see some of the amazing objects that are currently pledged or on sale. The smart shop is like a museum of curiosities, with cabinets of stunning jewellery, watches, handbags, antiques and artwork. The knowledgeable staff explained the journey of the items in store… When a customer comes in with an item, ranging from a diamond brooch to a private yacht, they speak to an expert who values the item and offers them a loan price. The customer has 6 months to buy it back while Suttons & Robertsons keep the item safe. After this period if the customer no longer want it, the item goes on sale in one of the stores. If it is sold for more than the price previously given the customer receives the additional money as well.

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At Suttons & Robertsons they see it all, from celebrity treasures to historic heirlooms, and I loved seeing the current collection of items. I was particularly enamoured with Margot Fonteyn’s ballet shoes, which now live permanently in the Victoria Store and was also amazed to hear about the 1966 F.A Cup winner’s medal which made it into the past collection.

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I began thinking how perfect this store could be for Christmas shopping or for picking out a gift for a couple getting married. Every item is unique and special, a one-of-a-kind object with it’s own story and history. In the Fleet Street branch city boys go in to ogle at the beautiful vintage watches, while in Victoria the array of jewellery and silverware certainly stole my heart. I began picking out my dream stocking of gifts, a beautiful amethyst ring and a set of vintage silver tea caddies.

So it seems there is so much more to pawnbroking than I initially thought, especially at Suttons & Robertsons. Whether you are visiting to pawn a possession or shop for unique jewel, this luxurious emporium has got you covered.

More information about Suttons & Robertsons here.

Salon Couture High Tea with Suzie Turner at The Savoy

The selection of decadent afternoon teas on offer in London is second to none. The finest hotels and top restaurants present beautiful themed cakes, sandwiches and scones to suit every occasion and celebration. The Savoy, one of cities most prestigious and beautiful hotels to dine in, has recently introduced the Salon Couture High Tea with Suzie Turner, a fashion focussed tea for London’s stylish trendsetters.

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This special tea is inspired by the salon-style fashion shows of the 1950s and harks back to the stunning soirees and shows held within The Savoy decades ago. The high tea launched on July 4th and takes place on the first Wednesday of each month, with one sitting at 5.30pm. Guests relax in the radiant, glass-domed Thames Foyer, nibbling on immaculate finger food, whilst stunning models present a catwalk show showcasing iconic gowns from British couturier, Suzie Turner’s magnificent collection.

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The tea includes a fruity cocktail, luxurious sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and cream and a selection of bespoke eclairs, delicately decorated with patterns to match the Suzie Turner designs. I particularly loved the Duck pastrami with herb cream tartlet from the savoury plate, and the warm apricot scones were dangerously moreish, especially when layered with dollops of rich clotted cream and homemade lemon curd!

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My sister and I watched in awe as the tall, slender women sauntered past us, dripping head to toe in jewels and lace. I thought the exclusive fashion show perfectly suited the setting and complimented the array of delicious food, even if I did feel a little guilty eating so much whilst the models walked past looking much more in need of feeding than me! The show was accompanied by a talented saxophonist, who moved around the room belting out soulful riffs and jazzy melodies.

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Afternoon teas can be tedious to review time and time again, but this chic offering from The Savoy offers so much more than just tea and cake, I loved the glamour and glitz, and the food was fresh and tasty too.

More information and book afternoon tea at The Savoy here.

DryBy, Hair and Nail Studio

I am always on the lookout for stylish salons for pampering treatments. Recently, with wedding season in full swing, I’ve regularly needed a blow dry or pedicure, but it is tricky to find a place that offers great hair and nail services under the same roof. I’d seen pastel pictures of the DryBy studios pop up on my Instagram feed, and had an inkling it could be the perfect solution for pre-event makeovers.

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Located just off Regent Street, DryBy is ideal for those working or living centrally. The salon was started up by two visionary sisters, Krisztina van der Boom and Anita Puluczkai, who felt that London needed a venue to satisfy hair and nail needs. With the expert help of designers Studio KO they transformed a beautiful building into the sophisticated salon it is today.

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Inside everything is decorated in subtle shades of pink and rose gold, with a lovely marble table and luxe design furniture. The setting instantly relaxes you… with a cup of earl grey tea and magazines, I felt blissfully content. The hair menu is simple, offering five stable styles inspired by the most glamorous cities from round the world. London is the most popular, laid back bed-head waves to suit any occasion. I felt I had to be loyal to my home city style, but could easily have been tempted by slick straight New York look or the luscious wavy Rome hairstyle.

The sisters have carefully selected beauty brands to work with from all over the world. My hair was washed with the delicious smelling O&M, an organic company from Australia.

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My lovely stylist was efficient with my hair, and within 30 minutes I felt ready for a red carpet event. It was an effortless look that I find impossible to master at home. Next I was taken downstairs for my first Shellac experience.

DryBy offers a variety of nail treatments, from mini manis and pedis to prescriptive hand and foot care, to address particularly problems. I couldn’t resist the gold foil nail art, which is applied to the end of the nail. The process was quiet and methodical; each coat of shellac is dried under the UV light, until the nails are complete. No drying time or worry of dents, I was ready to go and my nails felt more immaculate than ever before.

I can’t recommend DryBy highly enough, a stunning salon which ensures that every customer leaves feeling like the most glamorous version of themselves.

Blow-dry from £32

Manicure from £21

More information and book a treatment at DryBy here.