The Aesthete: Sally Greene talks personal taste

The impresario and entrepreneur is the powerhouse behind leading arts venues from the Old Vic to Ronnie Scott’s, and founder of brasserie No Fifty Cheyne

Sally Greene at home in London
Sally Greene at home in London | Image: Jooney Woodward. Make-up by Jade Farmiloe using Tom Ford

My personal style signifier is a light sheepskin coat from Ralph Lauren that I’ve had for ages. I have quite a collection of coats and I particularly love designs with good pockets for theatre notes and a mint or two. ralphlauren.co.uk

Dodo Bar Or velvet Josephine dress, £533 at Matchesfashion.com
Dodo Bar Or velvet Josephine dress, £533 at Matchesfashion.com | Image: Jooney Woodward

The last thing I bought and loved was a burgundy velvet dress by Dodo Bar Or from Matchesfashion.com – Jenny Antoniou, a personal shopper there, is a friend of mine and delivers things in 90 minutes. Similar, £553; matchesfashion.com.

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The things I’m eyeing next are Diptyque Cerf Sapin candles. I travel with candles to make my hotel rooms smell nice. £30 each; net-a-porter.co.uk.

Diptyque Cerf Sapin candle, £30
Diptyque Cerf Sapin candle, £30

The best gifts I received recently were two artworks by the musician Goldie, who likes to play at Ronnie Scott’s. One is of a skull and roses, the other the Queen. They are on my wall at home.

Greene’s artworks by Goldie
Greene’s artworks by Goldie | Image: Jooney Woodward

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is the southwest coast of Italy on a yacht. I was invited by my friend Michael Hintze, along with Barry Humphries, Commodore Jerry Kyd and nine other guests. We started in Sardinia before heading to Positano and finishing in Salerno. It was such fun to jump off the deck into a warm sea. 

Her Richard Ginori coffee cup set, £245
Her Richard Ginori coffee cup set, £245 | Image: Jooney Woodward

The best souvenirs I’ve brought home are my Cirque des Merveilles coffee cups by Richard Ginori. I got them in Florence. They’re like theatre on a mug. Coffee set, £245; richardginori1735.com.

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

My favourite room in my house on Cheyne Walk is my bathroom. It’s dark and moody with a big bath overlooking the garden, where my dogs Ronnie and Izzy run around. The garden was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll in 1911. 

Singer Gregory Porter
Singer Gregory Porter | Image: Getty Images

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a “1970” sweatshirt by Bella Freud. I wore it to a party on Ronnie Scott’s roof where Johnny Depp played guitar.

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The best book I’ve read in the past year is Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know about Global Politics by Tim Marshall. It’s heavy but interesting. I read everything by Anthony Horowitz, who is on the board of The Old Vic and is my mentor. I also read Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake by Daniel E Sutherland as the painter once lived on our street.

The last music I downloaded was the Best of Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon.  

If I didn’t live in London and Paris, I would live inNew York. I stay at The Lowell or Crosby Street Hotel, as Kit and Tim Kemp create a home from home like no other. I go to see Chris Botti play trumpet at Blue Note Jazz Club, watch jazz at the Lincoln Center and visit my favourite off-Broadway venues The Public Theater and Park Avenue Armory. Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W Third Street, 10012 (bluenotejazz.com). Crosby Street Hotel, 79 Crosby Street, 10012 (firmdalehotels.com). Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Plaza, 10023 (lincolncenter.org). The Lowell, 28 E 63rd Street, 10065 (lowellhotel.com). Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, 10065 (armoryonpark.org). The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, 10003 (publictheater.org).

The object I would never part with is my handwoven Bottega Veneta briefcase, a gift from Elton John and David Furnish. I’ve had it for 10 years, so it’s part of my life. £2,005; bottegaveneta.com.

My favourite website is Broadwayleague.com for theatre news.

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