The best room service is at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental Ritz in Madrid. The simplest thing to say about it is that you can order anything you want at any time of the day and it will be delicious and served with impeccable style in the utmost luxury. Chef Quique Dacosta produces some of the greatest food in Spain and you can have any of it in your suite. Maybe you have just sold your business or won the lottery? This is the place to celebrate without leaving your room.
My favourite place for a night out is The Ned. The City is not my natural playground, although we do have José Pizarro restaurant in Broadgate Circle which I love and has so many regulars. When The Ned opened, I was curious as it seemed such a bold concept. After having lots of great nights out there, I am in love. There are no fewer than eight separate bars, and restaurants have their own space under the old banking dome: great British food at Millie’s Lounge or Ned’s Feast; a taste of the West Coast at Malibu Kitchen; New York-style food at The Nickel Bar and The Electric Bar & Diner; Asian-Pacific dishes at Kaia; or there’s the more traditional Lutyen’s Grill. You can stay in one of them or, as I do, bar hop from place to place. It’s noisy and a bit brash, and I think it’s one of London’s great nights out.
The views from The Shard really are the best. But Hutong would be worth a visit if it was in the basement. Based on the cuisine of northern China, there are both old favourites and surprises: expect wonderful food and glorious surroundings overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful rivers.
For a culture hit, I love the Museum of Contemporary Art Helga de Alvear in my home town of Caceres. As a devoted collector of contemporary art, I often make a visit to this wonderful space. Major artists featured include Olafur Eliasson, Kandinsky, Picasso, Louise Bourgeois, Helena Almeida, Angela de la Cruz and Ai Weiwei, reflecting the wide-ranging passions of the museum’s inspiration, Helga de Alvear, who donated over 2,500 pieces. I can spend most of a day here in silent wonder.