“I’m a Londoner, born and bred, and it’s still my favourite place in the world. East, west, north, south… every borough feels like a different city. Its vitality is unique, and so is its humour. It’s a place where you can never get bored – anything goes.
I live in Belgravia and absolutely love its faded glamour. The columns, architecture and slightly eerie vibe of the neighbourhood all keep things interesting. The light is particularly beautiful in the morning and the buildings are so old it makes you wonder what stories they have to tell.
Coffee, curiosities and Claridge’s
A “must” at the weekend is coffee at Motcombs on Motcomb Street, especially if I’ve been travelling and have just got back to London. It’s a French-style brasserie that spills out onto the street and, come rain or shine, the same crew of old residents are sat outside smoking cigars, making me feel like I never left.
I tend to walk a lot in London so footwear is of the utmost importance. I’m almost always in a comfy boot with a low, chunky heel. And I layer up for the weather: a dress or jeans with a cardigan or poloneck, a statement jacket or coat and some sort of hat to save my fringe in case it rains. I love that London always gives me the confidence to wear whatever I feel like; to experiment.
I’ll often stop at Maison Assouline on Piccadilly to browse the curiosities and sip a matcha latte at Swans Bar while flicking through a book. It’s such an impressive building – how I imagine the world’s most glamorous library to be. I’m also a sucker for markets and the thrill of finding something unique regularly sees me heading to the iconic Alfies Antique Market just off Lisson Grove. It’s hard to leave without a few select purchases – whether clothing, jewels or homewares. Wherever you go in London you’ll find a great restaurant and Saturday night is my excuse to dress up – for my sake and also my husband’s. He usually sees me wearing his hoodie, with no make-up. He’s a pretty sharp dresser, which makes me up my game on date nights. I’ll wear a trouser suit or dress with sky-high heels and a lot of eyeliner. We tend to stick to Mayfair haunts as they’re close to home, but given the chance I’ll jump in a black cab. The drivers are such great characters. One recently handed me a card with his son’s phone number on it “just in case”.
We also love eating at the bar at Isabel’s. It’s a perfect spot for people-watching surrounded by OTT gold fixtures. If we fancy a nightcap, it’s usually at The Fumoir at Claridge’s or Annabel’s. Annabel’s throws incredible parties and its Halloween event is legendary. Last year we arrived on the back of a horse and cart with 15 zombies in tow.
Upping glamour and down memory lane
My favourite weekend ritual is a session with Lee Mullins at Workshop Gymnasium at the Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge, which brings a little glamour to the whole workout situation. I guess it’s my form of meditation. I walk along Sloane Street before the boutiques have opened wearing my gym kit (mainly black or prints) with an oversized coat and sunglasses, listening to whatever Spotify throws at me. For such a busy area, it’s so peaceful in the morning.
For Sunday lunch, we might head to 34 Mayfair. It does a fantastic roast and I love the buzzing atmosphere and spotting friends.
Then it’s something nostalgic for the afternoon. When I was a child, my mother used to take me to the Wallace Collection to see my favourite painting: Les Hasards Heureux de l’Escarpolette (swing) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. I was mesmerised by this 18th-century image of a woman in a pink dress seemingly having the time of her life on a swing, as her slipper flies off her foot in the direction of her lover. I still love to check in on it.
I visited the Wallace recently and finally got to see its Manolo Blahnik exhibition, which is the perfect complement to the setting. It’s my dream home.”
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Valentino dress, Christopher Kane pumps and Chloé embroidered-leather shoulder bag
Mary Katrantzou faux-fur coat and Alaïa studded suede boots
Etro dress, Etro boots and Valentino Garavani bag
Peter Pilotto dress and Stella McCartney faux-shearling coat