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Mr and Mrs Skött’s W11 diaries. In which they visit the Hippodrome and drive to Denmark with dogs

Posted on 30 September 2012

Mr&MrsSkottWe 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


Mr and Mrs Skött’s W11 Diaries – In which they go to see a hairdresser in a boxing ring!

Posted on 3 September 2012


It was a time to reminisce for Mr Skött when he headed down to Westbourne Studios to see his old friend, ex-hairdresser Martyn Gayle in a charity boxing match.
It was Martyn who brought Mr Skött over from Copenhagen to work for him in his first salon in 1989. Boxing not quite Mrs Skött’s cup of tea, he went with an old friend visiting from Copenhagen. Back to the reminiscing, they lived together in student digs in Denmark some 26 years ago. Martyn did a great job in the ring, with a draw against a guy some 30 years younger.

Since meeting Jeremy Gilley at a seminar last year we have been proud supporters of his amazing Peace One Day initiative, so were delighted to be invited to the launch of the Art Dinner by Debut Contemporary on Westbourne Grove, held in support of Peace One Day. We met some fantastic artists and love the idea of introducing art as a lifestyle to consumers and as a business to the artists.

Another trip to Westbourne Studios, this time Mr and Mrs Skött went together to view the finalists in the BikeMinded Cycle Shorts competition. We enjoyed all the films, what a great initiative to spur people to get on their bikes. The screening was scheduled to be at The Electric but an extractor fan fire in the Brasserie kitchen put paid to that – and last time we looked, the place was still shut.

Another local closure was Sainsburys on Westbourne Grove, closed down by the council for an infestation of mice – I suppose we can only be assured that it will now be one of the cleanest Sainsburys around.

Mr Skött has been in Bordeaux this week photographing the Tour de France. Perhaps he should have taken the new Doggy Ride trailer with him. Keep an eye out for him wizzing around on the Brompton with the Skött dogs happily ensconced in the trailer.

Meanwhile, we are escaping the Olympics madness and heading to Mr Skött’s mother country – hoping for some summer there. 

First published in Absolutely Notting Hill August 2012.