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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
My favourite website is Broadwayleague.com for theatre news.