My style icons are my friends, the two Amandas: fashion designer Amanda Wakeley and businesswoman Amanda Staveley. One – and I’m not saying who – has such beautiful taste and the other buys off-the-peg, but puts pieces together with such style.
The last meal I ate that truly impressed me was at Oswald’s. I try to get there every couple of weeks as it feels like a restaurant that puts women first. Members can store their own wine in the club’s cellar, the staff are attentive and caring and the decor is beautiful. I tend to choose one of its salads, as they are always so fresh and go well with the white wines. 25 Albemarle St, London W1 (020-3794 6320; oswaldsclub.com).
A recent “find” is interior designer Robert Kime’s renovated showroom. He did my house 15 years ago, but I hadn’t been to the showroom for ages and discovered it has all changed. I love his style, especially his lampshades, and I pop in for updates. 190-192 Ebury St, London SW1 (020-7831 6066; robertkime.com).
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Suzy Murphy. We have been friends for five years and we’ll occasionally walk the dogs together. I recently visited her studio in Chelsea and I love the dramatic beauty of her paintings; she has such an eye for colour. suzymurphylondon.com.
An indulgence I would never forgo is fresh flowers from Rob Van Helden. I order them every week and he makes the selection; I trust him completely. 8 Tun Yard, Peardon St, London SW8 (020-7720 6774; rvhfloraldesign.com).
The best gift I’ve given recently is a Connolly leather notebook. Connolly is my go-to for all sorts of gifts as I love everything in there. From £155; 4 Clifford St, London W1 (020-7952 6708; connollyengland.com).
The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing are the hairdresser Charlotte Frimand, who always puts my hair up, and Jade Farmiloe, who does my hair and make-up. I’ll go for an occasional massage or have my nails done at the KX club in Chelsea – the juices are some of the tastiest and freshest I’ve ever had. Then I’ll have lunch and use the spa at the Bulgari Hotel. Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 (020-7151 1010; bulgarihotels.com). Charlotte Frimand, firstname.lastname@example.org. Jade Farmiloe, jadefarmiloemua.com. KX, 151 Draycott Ave, London SW3 (020-7584 5333; kxlife.co.uk).
If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose the Left Bank in Paris. I have an apartment in the 7ème, on Rue de Verneuil, just along from the late Serge Gainsbourg’s place. I love Ralph Lauren for shopping and eating, and there’s nothing better than sitting in the courtyard with a glass of chablis on a summer’s evening. I remember years ago sitting in Café de Flore, listening to the wonderful jazz and thinking, “I’d love to open a jazz club,” and that’s exactly what I did when I got back to London. Chez Julien and La Palette are my other favourite spots to stop, have a coffee and soak up the atmosphere. Café de Flore, 172 Blvd Saint-Germain, 75006 (+331- 4548 5526; cafedeflore.fr). Chez Julien, 1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 (+331-4278 3164; chezjulien.paris). La Palette, 43 Rue de Seine, 75006 (+331-4326 6815; cafelapaletteparis.com). Ralph Lauren, 173 Blvd Saint-Germain, 75006 (+331-4477 7700; ralphlauren.fr).
If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be Mayor of London and sort out all the roadworks and traffic jams, so visitors to the city could get to the theatres and shows. But seriously, I love doing what I do.