Jeremy King talks personal taste

The restaurateur and hotelier is a founding partner at Corbin + King, whose London landmarks include The Beaumont hotel and The Wolseley

Jeremy King at home in London
Jeremy King at home in London | Image: Richard Grassie

My personal style signifiers are my Timothy Everest suits. I first went to Timothy in 1991 and am still wearing many suits from that time. And then ties from Turnbull & Asser – the only ones I wear. Timothy Everest, 35 Bruton Place, London W1 (020-3802 7011; www.timothyeverest.co.uk). Turnbull & Asser, 71-72 Jermyn Street, London W1 (020-7808 3000; www.turnbullandasser.com).

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Tillypronie Estate, west of Aberdeen, near Balmoral – the home of Philip Astor and Justine Picardie. I can now understand the royals’ affection for the area, one that defies adequate description. It plays into my love of vast open spaces. Offers of over £10.5m; www.struttandparker.com.

The Burberry Barrow bag King gave to his daughter, £1,150
The Burberry Barrow bag King gave to his daughter, £1,150

The best souvenir I’ve brought home is from my 60th birthday lunch at La Colombe d’Or, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. James Seymour and Anya Hindmarch gave me an exquisite box from Anya’s bespoke collection. Each drawer is inlaid with a photograph and individually labelled. It’s a souvenir of the occasion, the setting and my life. Bespokeboxes from £2,500; www.anyahindmarch.com.

An indulgence I would never forgo is solitude – I could be very happy at Tillypronie. And properly laundered shirts.

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A recent “find” is actually a rediscovery – of Postman’s Park in the City of London, which is host to George Frederic Watts’ Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice. And whenever I drive through France I try to find military cemeteries. I’m currently interested in the German ones from the first world war. It is fascinating to see how many of the soldiers were Jewish – the graves at Neuville-St Vaast are especially moving. St Martin’s Le-Grand, London EC1 (www.cityoflondon.gov.uk).

The bar on my travels that blew me away was the American Bar in Vienna, designed by Adolf Loos, because it’s a perfectly proportioned jewel of supreme art deco beauty. It’s a place that always impresses me. And Vienna is a true city of culture. Kärntner Durchgang 10, 1010 Vienna (+431-512 3283; www.loosbar.at).

The ancient theatre in Taormina, Sicily
The ancient theatre in Taormina, Sicily | Image: Antonio Bartuccio/Sime/4Corners Images

My three carry-on essentials are only two: a book and my reading glasses.

The last meal that truly impressed me was at an unprepossessing family fish restaurant called Ristorante da Gino, on a backstreet of Marina di Pisa. It’s packed with locals on a Sunday; we had carpaccios of incredibly fresh seafood, together with an exquisite soufflé and simple grilled sea bass. Via Curzolari 2, Marina di Pisa (+390-503 5408; www.daginoamarina.it).

King’s 1960s Breitling Top Time
King’s 1960s Breitling Top Time | Image: Richard Grassie

Next on my travel bucket list are two old favourites. First, a return to Sicily. I have more memories of travelling there 30 years ago than of any other holiday; we did a tour around Segesta and Agrigento, then went inland to all the beautiful old towns. We saw the London Symphony Orchestra playing Strauss in the ancient theatre at Taormina. Second, La Gazelle d’Or in Taroudant, Morocco – it’s been too long since I used to hole up at this hotel solo, and I’d like to show it to my wife Lauren. From £170; www.facebook.com/hotellagazelledor.

The best gift I’ve given recently was a Burberry Barrow bag, to my daughter Margot, to celebrate her birthday and first year of work with the advertising and PR company WPP. From £1,195; www.burberry.com.

The American Bar in Vienna
The American Bar in Vienna | Image: Berthold Steinhilber/Laif

And the best one I’ve received recently is my watch: a 1960s black-faced Breitling Top Time, from my wife.

An object I would never part with is my car, a silver-grey Bristol 411, which I have driven for over 30 years. I just love it. It’s the only car I want – and not to envy the possessions of others is the path to happiness. From £35,000; www.bristolcars.co.uk.

King’s vintage Bristol 411 
King’s vintage Bristol 411  | Image: Richard Grassie

My fail-safe jet-lag cure is not caring.

My favourite websites are for Paris auction houses Drouot, Tajan and Yann Le Mouel, because I find so much for the restaurants or hotels on them. www.drouot.com. www.tajan.com. www.yannlemouel.com.

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