There’s a young French antiques dealer in Fulham called Dorian Caffot de Fawes. He has a tiny shop that specialises in furniture from the early 20th century to the 1950s, and you can just go in there and buy blindly from him – it’s all perfect. 313 Lillie Road, London SW6 (020-7386 9386; dorian-antiques.com).
I’m a big admirer of Edward Sexton for tailoring. His clothes are very slick with some slight art deco references – the trousers are higher, the collars are bigger. For me, his suits make people think, ‘God, you’re well-dressed’, but without being ostentatious. 26 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 (020‑7838 0007; edwardsexton.co.uk).
My hairdresser, John McLachlan, has cut Michael Douglas and Shirley Bassey’s hair. I’ve been going to him at his flat in Notting Hill for over two decades, and I just let him decide what’s best for firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m like a moth to a flame around scooters; I’ve had several, and I always get them from R Agius on the Edgware Road, the oldest scooter shop in the country. £5,399; 363 Edgware Road, London W2 (020-7723 0995; ragius.piaggiogroup.co.uk).
I also love Little Venice for shopping – specifically the area around Clifton Road, which is a lovely little high street. Absolute Flowers is my go-to for emergency presents – its eclectic array of vases make a great upgrade to a bunch of flowers. I also call into Malcolm Russell’s Retro Living round the corner. I like to have something vintage for the projects I am working on and he always seems to have just the right piece, from ’60s Murano glass to a set of Niels Koefoed dining chairs. There’s a wonderful wine shop called The Winery, and Maguro is one of the best Japanese sushi restaurants around. Absolute Flowers & Home, 12-14 Clifton Road, W9 (020-7286 1155; absoluteflowersandhome.com). Maguro, 5 Lanark Place, W9 (020-7289 4353; maguro-restaurant.com). Retro Living, by appointment, 07976-628 124; retroliving.co.uk. The Winery, 4 Clifton Road, W9 (020-7286 6475; thewineryuk.com).
I’m a big fan of the The Library gym in Notting Hill. You have a card with your exercises on and each time you go you do an intense 15-minute workout with a personal trainer, focusing on a different part of your body. It’s such hard work, it’s like doing an hour anywhere else. 206-208 Kensington Park Road, London W11 (020-7221 7992; thelibrarygym.com).
Then, of course, there’s Claridge’s. I once did a cookery masterclass there to learn how to do a Sunday roast. Learning how to make a roast there – that’s perfection, isn’t it? It was a gift for my partner because we wanted to do more entertaining at home, both in London and at our house in France – our neighbours there love it when we cook for them. Claridge’s currently offers other masterclasses, costing £250 each; Brook Street, London W1 (020-7409 6232; claridges.co.uk).
I regularly go to the Santa Maria Novella pharmacy for my supplies of Tabacco Toscano, the amazing shaving cream made in Florence. £45 for 220ml; Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1 (020-7493 1975; smnovella.it).