My favourite way to get around London used to be Zipcar – I was addicted to it. However, I recently got a Vanmoof e-bike. It’s a bit like the MacBook of bikes: you get people saying ‘my MacBook’ instead of ‘my laptop’ and that’s me with my Vanmoof. I love it.
I’m currently looking for a place to live in Maida Vale. More specifically, Little Venice – that’s the dream. I only went for the first time a year ago, but couldn’t believe it was only a ten-minute drive from Marylebone (another firm favourite of mine). I felt transported outside London, though it did help the sun was shining. If someone can find me a nice two-bed in Maida Vale, I’ll snap it up.
For a bit of pampering I go to Haeckels House in Hackney. But it’s a bit of a trek for me, so I’m pushing the team to open a treatments location in central. For hair, I’ve been going to Guray Kesman for the last four or five years. He recently opened his own barbers in Farringdon. I rely on that man, although he gets booked up! I can’t do hair without mentioning Larry King too – they’re a great team.
I’m a novice with the workout scene. I’ve never really done any classes, but I go to The Ned gym now – they’ve got a great space and it’s usually quiet. That said, I mainly go when I’m hungover to lie by the indoor pool. That place is unreal. The Londoner gym is also on my list – I’ve heard great things. I like to run – I frequently do 5k along the river, or 10k if I’ve been particularly gluttonous the night before. The end goal is usually The Pear Tree café in Battersea Park, for a coffee and maybe the chicken sandwich and banging sweet potato fries.
My favourite suit is a relaxed light wool DB from Our Legacy. They rarely do tailoring in their collections, but when they do, they’re killer! Dressed up or dressed down, Our Legacy cuts are the best. Drake’s is also a firm favourite – no one does it quite like them. They’ve built a cult following based on their style profile. I’m waiting for an excuse to get a made-to-measure from them. If I need a quick turnaround or am on a budget, Suit Supply is always a live saver. You might have to sift through the shiny suits – or really hammer it home to their tailor that you don’t want it skin-tight – but they’ve saved the day on numerous occasions. For adjustments I go to George & Son in Pimlico; he always turns things around super quick and knows what I like.
For gifts, especially around Christmas time, it’s Liberty – and usually they’re getting a Diptyque candle. When I shop online, I always turn to Tres Bien – they curate and find the best products and are so good for brand discovery. I love trying to find vintage gems, and LA is the best for that. Rose Bowl flea market and Round Two always seem to have the best broken-in, sun-faded t-shirts.
I went to Chateau La Coste a couple of years back. It’s a 600-acre sculpture park, full of crazy art, and also happens to be a great organic winery in Provence. That trip was special. I love the south of France and while I’ve never actually stayed at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the pool and history is crazy. I’ll know I’ve made it when I check in there for a week. For a city break, I think it’s got to be Barcelona. You have both the city and the beach, a short flight from London, and it’s a great dose of good food, nightlife and sun.