Best Meal in London of 2015 | Shackfuyu

Shackfuyu interior

Admittedly, there’s some way to go before this poll concludes and there are some big-hitters coming onto the scene in the coming weeks and months: Duck & Rice, Bao London Soho  and On The Bab are just three on our must-eat list. However, our stand-out meal of the year so far (and we’ve been back twice, just to make sure) is Shackfuyu, the temporary pop-up from Bone Daddies (we sincerely hope they change their minds about its transient nature).

Shackfuyu Korean chicken wings

Set in the shell of an Italian restaurant that looks like it last saw a refurb’ back in the early 90s, the Bone Daddies crew make the most of the old pizza oven to create an eclectic menu cleverly slapped  with Japanese flavours. Served as small plates (although some dishes are hefty in their size), we’re currently working our way through the menu.

Shackfuyu scallop

Favourites include the lip-smacking Korean fried wings (in our opinion, the best you’ll find in London), the aubergine dish which is crammed with umami flavours, the scallop, the prawn toast and the fried potatoes (don’t bother with the mac and cheese – it’s the only duff on the menu). Be sure to finish with the French toast served with a Mr Whippy-style soft-serve ice cream.

Shackfuyu beef

So damn clever, so damn simple, so damn tasty and such good value. A restaurant version of a greatest hits collection: Now That’s What I Call London Food Trends, volume one.

14a Old Compton Street, Soho, London

All photos by Shackfuyu

Shock Of The New | Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

We’ve barely scratched the surface of New York’s gallery scene, and then along comes a Renzo Piano-designed behemoth on the Hudson River. Opening on 1st May 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new home, at the southern-most point of The High Line, will house its permanent collection of over 21,000 American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, spanning movements such as Pop Art, Modernism and Expressionism, as well as contemporary works. Our interest is piqued in the Whitney’s key focus – or ‘deep holdings’ as they’re rather beautifully called – on some of our favourite artists including Cindy Sherman (below), Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe and Lorna Simpson. The inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard To See, will showcase this incredible permanent collection.


And if all of this culture makes you peckish, the Whitney has installed Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group at the burners to create a farm-to-table (well, what did you expect?) coffee shop boasting Rockwell Group interiors. All the boxes perfectly composed and ticked.

America Is Hard To See, 1 May to 27 September 2015
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
Tel: +1 (212) 570-3600 |

Let’s Road Trip! | The fine art of packing for a long-haul, multi-centre vacation

Summer road trip 2015 fashion trends and travel


I always pack too much. Always. This despite creating some of the most beautifully composed packing lists the travel world has ever seen. Not that I ignore my instructions, you understand, but pre-trip shopping for the ideal bag/short/jacket/sneaker/camera bag/gadget (delete as appropriate or, in my case, include all) tends to make the seams of my Rimowa cases bulge. Cases. Yes. Plural.

We’re adding a few final stop-offs to our East Coast road trip in September – just this evening we’ve booked the NoMad Hotel in NYC for the start of our trip and The Edition in Miami for our last hurrah.

We’ve learned a hard lesson, however: a two-case trip plus two carry-ons (damn you Virgin Atlantic Upper Class and your super-generous baggage allowance) to New York at Christmas means my osteopath is still reaping the benefits some three months later.

To ensure that I’m practically forced into clever packing mode, I’ve even booked a convertible for the road trip – limited boot space. Clever.

The trip so far takes in New York City, Washington DC, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Jacksonville Florida, a week-long tennis academy, and then on to Key West. This is going to be tricky. We’ll be doing a fair bit of “fayn dining”, so there’ll be a necessity for some smart clothes, as well as tennis gear, plus beachwear for the further south we reach, as well as clothes and footwear for pounding the sidewalks and taking in galleries and museums. Plus room for shopping must-haves (more of that later). All to be squeezed into one suitcase. For an entire month of travelling. Gulp.

///The current list///

Footwear: Air Max | Sports shoe | Evening shoe | Birkenstocks

Clothing: White jeans | Military green lightweight chino | Selection of linen t-shirts | Polo shirts | Denim jacket | Swimwear | Golf/tennis short | Soft pants for driving

Evening: Tuxedo blazer | Lounge pants

Gadgets & stationery: GoPro camera | iPad Mini | Leica X | Cross fountain pen | Sharpie | Sketchbook

Bags & accessories: Cross body shoulder bag by Mr Porter | Comme des Garcons clutchApolis shopper | Polarised sunglasses by Linda Farrow for driving | Scarves, for cover-up & dress up

Toiletries: A selection from our favourites including Aesop, Haeckels and Kiehls

We’ll be updating and fine-tuning our itinerary and Tweeting for local recommendations for food, drink and must-see attractions in the coming months.


Mondrian Sea Containers | Civilian

Read Lisa Richards’ review of the Morgans Hotel Group’s new London hostelry, the riverside Mondrian Sea Containers, in a feature commissioned for Civilian. Click here.


Mondrian Sea Containers bar


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Best Bits: New York City

Brooklyn Bridge New York city travel guide
Three members of the Resource team headed to Manhattan this Christmas and were hosted by our New York correspondent, Liz Hatton. With an itinerary spanning 10 pages and with a list of restaurants on our hitlist so long it would have meant at least a month in the city, click here to read just a few of our highlights before the full reviews go live.

The Goring, London


From its Russell Sage interiors to – ahem – certain well known wedding guests, The Goring is less of a hotel, more of a London institution. Lisa Richards heads for high tea and checks in for an overnight stay to see if it is, in fact, any good

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Why I Love The Butlers At Claridge’s


Lisa Richards has a London hotel crush on her own personal Jeeves, in Mayfair’s Art Deco haven of fabulousness.

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Rosewood Hotel London


A grand property that had become virtually invisible in its own neighbourhood has been transformed at huge cost into the Rosewood London, and what should be one of the capital’s hottest hotels. But, as Lisa Richards explains, some of its ghosts still linger

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The Fear Factor // Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear course

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class, Flying Without Fear

Resource’s editor, Lisa Richards, confidently takes to the skies thanks to the expert help of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear team.

“Something had to be done… My fear was becoming impossible to hide and the planning for wonderful trips harder to enjoy. And now, as I read back through this intro, written before attending Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear course, I find it pathetic: pathetic that I didn’t do something sooner and ridiculous that in just one day I not only faced a fear but crushed it.”

Read Lisa’s full piece for Civilan Global here.

The MiMo Masterpiece: Fontainebleau



Lisa Richards, editor of Resource, reviews Miami’s architectural behemoth Fontainebleau for Civilian. Read it here.

“If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will play their part.” How times change. While downtown there is an air of sophistication – almost – in the pool culture of the Delano, Setai and the Soho Beach Club Hotel, here at Fontainebleau it’s jock meets Eurotrash.


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