“I first moved to London from Bristol in 2004 to study for a degree in fashion promotion at the London College of Fashion. The city represented freedom, creativity, vitality, individuality and the opportunity to pursue a career I’d always dreamt of.
It was a little daunting to start with, but I quickly realised how thriving London is – full of inspiration and things to see and explore.
Two of my favourite things are its people and opportunities. As a stylist, I’m inspired by the people around me; how they wear clothes and how they combine things and represent their individuality. There’s a sense of experimentation and boldness in the way people dress that’s unique to London. Secondly, London constantly feeds my passion for design, fashion, art and photography – from its galleries and exhibitions to independent films, pop-up experiences and markets.
My career takes me all over the world, so I recently moved out of London. Now, instead of being my home, it’s my ultimate place for a weekend away.
Favourite places and statement pieces
I usually stay in my favourite Airbnb in Newington Green, near my old east London haunts. It’s a fantastic basement apartment owned by a couple of super-friendly architects and it has a lovely, minimalist interior, which I see as a blank canvas to make my own for the weekend.
L’Atelier Dalston café is a place I always head to for coffee and a great breakfast to set me up for my Saturday. Hoi Polloi, the restaurant at the Ace Hotel, is also fun for brunch, lunch or Negroni cocktails. With its distinctive wood panelling, gold detailing, baby-pink bathrooms and low lighting, it’s cosy yet slightly decadent.
I have a wonderful group of friends in the area so we’ll meet at Hoi Polloi or The Delaunay, which is my ultimate place for a special meal. Without fail, I order the chicken schnitzel with a side of fries and spinach. Always!
Weekends are my opportunity to dress up in my favourite, statement pieces – so it’s all about delicate fabrics, embellished accessories and colourful, experimental looks. For a night out, I’ll wear a slinky slip dress or a relaxed cream satin suit and my highest black court shoes. With the nights being cooler, I’ll also throw on a coat with a colourful lining, faux-fur finishes or a great belt.
Taking style from day into night
London markets are perfect for soaking up local atmosphere and people-watching and Broadway Market is one of the most appealing. I love to arrive around noon and spend a few hours browsing the incredible food stalls, sampling the goods, buying flowers and slipping into my favourite bookshops, Donlon and Artwords, to check out the latest titles and magazines.
With lots of interesting pubs and bars around – such as Market Café and Off Broadway – there’s a high chance an afternoon stroll will turn into evening drinks. I’m unlikely to go home in between, so I like a look that carries me through. Maybe jeans with a light knit and a low-heeled chunky boot – something I can walk around in all day, but that’s interesting enough to take me into the evening. And I’m a fan of layers, as I can lose a few to make my look more evening-friendly.
From gardens to galleries
A few years ago I discovered the Italian Gardens in Kensington while scouting for a shoot location. It’s a gem. It has beautiful stone masonry overlooking fountains and is one of my favourite places to sit on a bench with a coffee and a paper on sunny Sundays.
For alternative gardens, I aim high at London’s loftiest: the Sky Garden. It’s one of the most scenic places to get amazing views of the city and a bite of lunch before a hit of afternoon culture.
The V&A always wins – I can spend hours exploring here. It’s a huge space with incredible marble interiors, yet it still has a lovely, peaceful vibe. I often go alone as it’s an inspiring place to brainstorm projects. I’ll end a visit at the shop, treating myself to a new fashion, art or photography book for my mini home library.
Gallery browsing needs style and comfort – a skirt and casual jersey with a jacket in a bold colour, and trainers. I’ll take a hands-free, cross-body bag with interesting detailing, but it will be the smallest bag possible so I don’t have to carry too much and can explore for longer.”
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Miu Miu appliquéd quilted coat, Re/Done low-slung jeans, Joseph oversized mohair-blend sweater, 3.1 Phillip Lim leather Soleil Mini shoulder bag
Miu Miu lace-trimmed midi skirt, Marni patchwork printed satin shirt, R13 printed cotton-jersey T-shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim leather Soleil Mini shoulder bag, Robert Clergerie leather Celina platform boots
Marni shearling-panelled patent-leather coat, Vince crinkled satin midi dress, Chloé embroidered Drew Bijou Bag
Marni shearling-panelled patent-leather coat, Vince crinkled satin midi dress, Chloé embroidered Drew Bijou bag, Dolce & Gabbana embellished suede sandals