London’s coolest boutique is Alex Eagle’s The Store. She’s a great curator of both fashion and homeware.
The coolest shopping destination outside of London is Tokyo, by a mile. I love how curated stores like United Arrows & Garden are.
When I’m in New York, I always stay at The Bowery or The Mercer, and I eat at Mission Chinese, Danny Bowien’s genre-bending restaurant in the Lower East Side. I like to shop at The Armoury, Tribeca, which is the NYC outpost of the Hong Kong retailer. It sells fantastic tailoring.
In Paris I stay at Hotel De Crillon, another Rosewood gem and I always eat at Jones, but there are so many new restaurants opening in Paris at the moment, my list could go on for days. I think there’s been a real renaissance in the Parisian restaurant scene of late, thanks to an exciting breed of young chefs challenging the traditional French ways of cooking. Shopping-wise I’ll always pop into Merci in the Marais to try and pick up some cool homeware.
My ultimate city break is a toss-up between Barcelona and Copenhagen. A lot of it comes down to the fact they have the world’s best restaurants. Barcelona probably beats Copenhagen on the weather front though, so perhaps that’s the winner.
For a staycation, you can’t beat The Pig in Kent. It’s housed in a tastefully done conversion of a beautiful Tudor property. The food, service and rooms are all faultless.
My favourite lunch spot outside of the city is The Fordwich Arms. Launched a few years ago by a some of the same team behind The Clove Club in Shoreditch, it’s so good I’ve considered moving to Kent just to be closer to it.