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