With fantastic beauty salons, exciting restaurants, and over 60 of your favourite high street and boutique stores, why not let One New Change take care of your next Sunday out?
Located in Cheapside, London, right by St Pauls Cathedral, One New Change is spread over three floors and provides hours of fashion, beauty and foodie inspiration.
Open seven days a week, with great transport links and late opening times– you’ll want to make the change again and again.
Shop, relax and drink cocktails…. Emily and her friend Libby enjoyed a perfect Saturday in the city
We were met by personal shopper, Aga, who explained personal shopping is becoming more and more popular in the city as you can get exactly what you need all in your lunch break rather than spend a day traipsing round shops. (Did someone tell her that’s my usual plan of action?).
Libby and I love Mad Men so we were excited to get a sneak peak at the new collection inspired by the show that only hits the stores this week (March 7) . Reflecting the mod vibe of the sixties, there were beautiful fitted plain numbers to loud printed dresses, all were great quality and had a sophisticated look. Aga had a real knack for matching belts and bags and beautiful scarves to all the pieces, transforming each outfit we tried on.
I wanted to update my work wardrobe and Libby needed an outfit for a lunch the next day so we booked a personal shopping session so we could tick these things off first, and enjoy the rest of the day. It’s a completely free service an appointments can range from 30 mins to 2 hours (you just book in at [email protected] or 07808243666) and best of all, alterations are free - you just pick up in store a few days later.
It’s my birthday coming up, which means it’s that time I need to start dropping hints to my boyfriend, so we had a look around the shops. Swarovski’s current collection takes inspiration from the Amazon and tropical birds with beautifully colourful pieces that will brighten up any plain outfit. Staff were more than happy to help open and close cabinets so we could try pieces on (we tried on a LOT) and the selection ranged from elegant classic sparkle to the chunkier, more elaborate evening wear. As well as giving me birthday inspiration, it gave us a couple of ideas for Mother’s Day as well (Don’t forget..it’s THIS Sunday!)
Next we browsed the beautiful shoes at LK Bennet. I love that they have heels in size 2 (yes, I have tiny feet) - and a great selection at that. After an energetic bout of shoe shopping, we decided it was time to relax and headed to luxurious salon, Malika.
Tucked away on the ground floor, Malika is a tiny salon specialising in threading and eyebrow treatments. Plus, they do Indian head massages, which is what we were in need of. We were greeted by two lovely ladies, who sat us down and gave us the most relaxing treatments we have ever had, starting with the back and leading up to the head. I never wanted it to end! Libby also got her eyebrows threaded which took about seven minutes, and included a little head massage. It was an enjoyable and professional experience and we will both be going back.
Having well and truly worked up a thirst, we headed up from the bottom floor all the way up to the sixth for drinks at the Madison Tapas and Cocktail bar. Sipping cocktails and nibbling tapas with incredible views over St Paul’s Cathedral, it felt like we were in Spain. Though perhaps not quite as warm….
A new way to spend your Sunday… Victoria spent a Sunday at One New Change with friend Lisa.
Lisa and I love our beauty essentials – so we started the day at Dermalogica in One New Change. The lovely staff treated us to an expert ‘face mapping’ session – not something I’d heard of before. They examined our skin for around 30 minutes to identify problem areas such as dehydration, and then recommended specific products to help. Lisa picked up a microfoliant exfoliator, which is a powder that turns to foam with water, amazing and moisturiser and I treated myself to their hydrating face masque.
We headed to Strip – a really cool store that combines a Brazilian waxing bar and lingerie shop. They had lots of treatments available, but as my Christmas party was coming up (for which I have the perfect midi dress in mind), I opted for a half-leg wax. The treatment was done in one of their themed rooms – the chocolate room, which actually smelt of chocolate!
They also played a movie throughout the session to help me relax – it was great. The therapist tried a hot and cold wax to see which I preferred. I opted for the hot one - and it was the best wax I’d ever had, so I’ll definitely be back.
With the Christmas party still in mind, we spotted a Kurt Geiger store and headed inside. We really were spoilt for choice. I picked up some gorgeous stilettos with a studded heel, while Lisa found some fab chunky red wedges for the Christmas party.
We visited our usual haunts, Topshop and H&M, and also had a look in Oliver Bonas – finding some perfect Christmas presents for those ‘hard to buy for’ people. They sell lots of little trinket-type gifts and Lisa found an amazing reindeer bottle stop for her Dad, which she was made up with.
I’d heard about Jamie Oliver’s barbeque restaurant Barbecoa from a friend, and we fancied doing something a little different before dinner so attended one of their masterclasses in the butchery – which supplys the meat to the restaurant. The very passionate manager Marco showed us around the kitchen and talked us through lots of butchery skills over a two hour session – including how to cut the perfect steak and prepare a roast. It’s not something I would ever have thought of going to before, but it was really fascinating, and fun - so good that Lisa and I have booked a class of our loved ones in as a Christmas treat. We then ate in the restaurant – Lisa went for the shoulder of lamb, which looked divine, while I had the mouth-watering smoked pulled pork.
We enjoyed the fantastic views of St Pauls over another glass of wine, before heading home and planning our next trip to One New Change. Highly recommended.
A refreshing change… Holly spent a Saturday at One New Change with friend Lucy
It had been a while since Lucy and I had seen each other, so we planned to spend the day together, doing something a little different.
We met outside One New Change at 11.30. Ready for brunch and in need of some serious catching up, we were lured by the stylish decor in Searcys Champagne Bar.
As it was our first visit, barman Michael recommended the champagne tasting trio (a reasonable £16 for three 50ml glasses). He gave us a bit of info on each one, so we felt like experts in no time.
After browsing the food menu, I went for the dressed Weymouth prawns with olive oil caviar (divine), and the Portland lobster (food envy alert) and Lucy had the British Bulldog. All pictured above.
For afters we enjoyed a glass of Moët and a Chocolate caramel lolly pop.
Before I knew it, we’d been there for two hours, so appetites addressed, we explored further.
I’d heard about Hershesons blow dry bars from a colleague, but didn’t realise there was a branch at One New Change. As we were going out that evening, we gave it a go.
Alex and Maisie showed us the 12 styles available and after much indecision, I settled on the Smooth Wavy, a sleek 1920’s look, and Lucy had the Half & Half – a classic Hollywood blow dry.
Both included a wash and expert dry (with volume I could never, ever get at home) and they were done in 30 minutes, for £25 each. While I had the waves put in with heated tongs, Lucy experimented with a bouffant hair piece, which looked great – so we’ll definitely be back.
Next, a spot of shopping, and I was impressed to see all my high street favourites in one place; Topshop, Mango, H&M – all big stores with current collections, right alongside my work staples; Reiss, Hobbs and Kurt Geiger.
Lucy found some gorgeous brocade trousers and a shirt in Topshop, and I treated myself to some statement wedges. I also picked up a peplum dress in Mango, ideal for our office party this month.
Outfits done, we headed to Bea’s of Bloomsbury, for afternoon tea. Oh my, it was delicious.
Our waiter Andrew brought over a huge selection of miniture sandwiches and sweet treats - all displayed on vintage cake stands.
Red velvet cupcakes, mini raspberry meringues, scones with jam and clotted cream – all washed down with pots of Assam (me) and gunpowder green tea (Lucy).
We had another look around the shops and after spotting a Hotel Chocolat, Oliver Bonas, and Pandora, planned a return visit to get all our Christmas gifts.
Before leaving, we took the lift to the sixth floor to enjoy the amazing views over the city of London. Then, blow drys still in place, new outfits in hand, we headed home after a great day together.
Imagery: Claire Swindale Photography