We were excited to be invited for a personal tour of the newly launched Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, having not been there since the
80s. While walking around, we both had feelings of deja vue, remembering those drunken nights when it was one of the first big nightclubs in London. It is now a glossy casino, show space and restaurant. We were treated to a fab burlesque show and will definitely be heading back to the restaurant as could not choose from the many delicious sounding dishes on the menu; double cooked pork belly and lobster fish fingers won over, but we will be back for Millionaires Mac and cheese with truffles.
Mr Skött headed off to the Tour De France, and ended up spending a day in the hands of the French military police. No, he hadn’t misbehaved, but picked up a job for a cycling magazine to photograph a day in the life of the Gendarmerie who manage the Tour. An action-packed day was spent whizzing around the course at high speed driven by the President’s pursuit driver. We took the Skött dogs on a driving holiday to Denmark where we spent a lot of time behind tractors and combine harvesters, but as the fields look so beautiful at this time of year we really couldn’t complain, and better than sitting behind caravans. Scandiphile Mrs Skött became a true Viking by swimming in the cold North Sea on more than one occasion.
After the Olympics and Carnival it almost feels like a new start and we are tempted to say Happy New Year. Instead, we will wish you happy Peace Day. Don’t forget to mark International Peace One Day on 21 September. We love Debut Contemporary’s Art initiative to spread the word by painting Peace One Day logos and doves on the windows of shops, which you will be shortly seeing in the salon window on Golborne Road and in shops around Notting Hill.
First published in Absolutely Notting Hill September 2012