Interior designer Daniel Hopwood’s guide to London

Where to find everything from spectacular sushi to scooters, tailoring and 20th-century furniture – the interiors maestro shares his favourite London haunts

Interior designer Daniel Hopwood
Interior designer Daniel Hopwood | Image: Andy Donohoe

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).

Dorian Caffot de Fawes Antiques specialises in pieces from the early 20th century to the 1950s
Dorian Caffot de Fawes Antiques specialises in pieces from the early 20th century to the 1950s

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).

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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 me.john.mclachlan@hotmail.co.uk.

Tailor Edward Sexton
Tailor Edward Sexton

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).

Absolute Flowers offers an eclectic array of vases as well as flowers
Absolute Flowers offers an eclectic array of vases as well as flowers

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).

Retro Living specialises in vintage pieces
Retro Living specialises in vintage pieces | Image: Caroline Mardon

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).

The Library gym in Notting Hill
The Library gym in Notting Hill

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).

Santa Maria Novella offers Italian grooming staples
Santa Maria Novella offers Italian grooming staples

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).

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