Deep K Kailey: finding tranquillity in London

Deep K Kailey is London fashion mag royalty. Having grown up in Wiltshire and studied in Kent, she started work at Dazed & Confused before going on to work for fashion designer Kim Jones. She helped launch Vogue India as its fashion editor and then became fashion director of Tatler. While she was at Vogue India, she started an artistic and spiritual journey that led to her launching Without Shape Without Form, a volunteer-led arts organisation. We talked to her about where she goes to escape the hurly-burly of London town.

Unstruck Melody at the V&A 

Unstruck Melody is a collaboration between Without Shape Without Form and British-born Canadian artist Nirbhai Singh Sidhu which is running at the V&A until 15 October 2023. We’ve set out to create a deeply calm and contemplative space with works including tapestry, paintings and film. As part of the show there will also be a Simran workshop, which will be an open-to-all session on mastering your mind using proven techniques that draw on contemporary Sikh teachings.  

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk/whatson

Windsor Great Park 

Windsor Great Park is a Royal Park of 2,020 hectares, just outside the M25 west of London. It’s super close to the city, but you feel like you’re a million miles away from everything. It’s the perfect place to decompress, get that sense of space and connect with nature.  

The Crown Estate, Windsor Great Park, Windsor SL4 2HT; windsorgreatpark.co.uk


Every time I visit Jikoni it feels like I’m going to a family home, it’s so comfortable and relaxing. You don’t have to be proper there, the food is amazing, and the experience is just incredibly nurturing. There are lots of restaurants out there that you go to once just to try it; Jikoni is the kind of place you keep going back to again and again.  

19-21 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DH; jikonilondon.com 

Cromwell Place  

Cromwell Place is five London townhouses side by side that have been turned into an incredible space, comprising 14 different gallery spaces, which change at different times so every time you go, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see different work. It’s not a tourist attraction kind of place that’s overrun with people. It’s very chilled and calm, and moving about its always-surprising labyrinth is a great way to see art: you might go and there will be a weaving workshop in one space and an exhibition of Indian art in another.   

4 Cromwell Place, London SW7 2JE; cromwellplace.com

Find out more about Without Shape Without Form here: withoutshapewithoutform.com

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