“At Christmas, my wife Jane and I like to check into a fabulous hotel like the Bulgari. I’ll go to Gentlemen’s Tonic in Mayfair for a wet shave and a massage and then we’ll go shopping. I like Hackett for great jackets and proper jumpers, and Oliver Sweeney for shoes. I loathe department stores, but I’ll make an exception for Harrods, which always comes up trumps for presents.
“Then we’ll head back to the hotel, share a bottle of champagne and wallow in the bath before going out for the evening. We’ll have cocktails at The Connaught – I like sharp flavours so I’ll order a margarita with smoked salt or a good martini – and dinner at Zuma or Hakkasan Mayfair. I love both for their noisy atmosphere and great food. We’ll stagger home with our hearts thumping and feeling young again; my Chinawhite dancing days, when I’d stay out all night with Gordon [Ramsay], are behind me.
“We’ll wake up with banging heads and have a hearty breakfast reading the papers. It’s a great day and night in the world’s best city. I love London – its 24-hour energy, its colour, the way you can dip in and out – I’ll never live anywhere else.”