Salon XII

Thursday 3rd November 2011

Grand Sensual

November saw Salon taking a train to Grand Sensual. For your delectation we had Sara Jayne Staines OBE, known by her first name in the finest chocolate houses in the capital. She is an expert in chocolate, from its dark history to the three hundred different notes found in the cocoa bean confectionery, from cherry to orange to cloves and tobacco. Sara taught us about taste of the most sensual kind, taking us through a structured chocolate tasting, and leading us through sweet, sour, salt and bitter, in pursuit of umami, the elusive fifth taste. Does it exist? Are you sensual enough to find it?

Contemporary art dominates the city in the months of October and November as the fairs and the galleries use the darkening evenings to draw you out of the parks and into the galleries. But much as you want to indulge your artistic sensibilities, and build your collection, is this the best way to do it? Andy Marsh who created and teaches the Collecting Contemporary Art at St Martin’s College of Art explained how the art world works and how you can work with it to collect art you love, and all for less than a hundred pounds.

And the final speaker on our night at Grand Sensual was Simone Niles, singer, voice and performance coach, who has worked with Eddy Grant, Third World, Jeremy Healy and Richard Hawley. Especially for Salon, Simone used her expertise in performance coaching and NLP to show us how we can heighten our senses, getting so much more out of the world about us, making every day of a grand sensual day.

Next Salon December 8th - Iranian Nights.


  • Andy Marsh

    Andy Marsh

    How To Buy Art For Less Than £100

    Andrew Marsh has a BA in Fine Art from Norwich School of Art, and an MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship from Goldsmiths. He teaches BA Communication,  Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins along with short courses . . .
  • Simone Niles

    Simone Niles

    Using NLP To Increase Everyday Sensuality

    Simone Niles combines her career as a singer and vocal coach, with that of a performance coach, helping people achieve excellence in their chosen field. She is an NLP Master Practitioner and her work focuses on the personal development . . .
  • Sara Jayne Stanes

    Sara Jayne Stanes


    Sara has headed up the Academy of Culinary Arts for over twenty years, tirelessly pursuing its main objective, which is to educate and train young people in the hospitality industry to the highest standards.  She steers the . . .


  • Westbourne Grove Community Space

    Westbourne Grove (Corner of Ledbury Road),


    W11 2RW