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Hannibal Laguna: My Madrid

Hannibal Laguna created his first collection at the age of just 19. In 1998 he opened his flagship atelier in Madrid and has since become globally recognised; his glamorous couture collections are available in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. 

City Guide
Laura Edgecumbe-Ansdell,

Where were you born?
Caracas, Venezuela.

Where do you live?
Paseo del Prado, 100 metres from Plaza de Cibeles, in the beating heart of Madrid.

What’s best about your neighbourhood?
It is the art district so it’s packed with museums – the vibrant culture of the city breathes with every step.

If money was no object, where would you live?
Madrid, Madrid, Madrid.

Which are your favourite Madrid districts?
Salamanca and the Prado.

Where do you like to go shopping?
Some of the best streets are Jorge Juan, the most chic, El Rastro, a whole universe to get lost in, and Calle Serrano – the Golden Mile.

Which are your favourite Madrid restaurants?
Sula on Calle Jorge Juan for the best Iberian ham and a delicious foie cuba libre. Casa Lucio on Cava Baja for the best eggs and potatoes in the world. And the Daniel Sorlut oyster bar in Mercado San Miguel, near Plaza Mayor – a recent discovery with some of the freshest delicacies from the sea.

Any recommendations for local dishes to try?
Suckling pig at the oldest restaurant in the world, Casa Botin on Calle de Los Cuchilleros.

Do you have a favourite local café or pub?
Seven and Six on Paseo Pintor Rosales is the new place to go in Madrid.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
I always take them to the town of El Chichón, a combination of Gothic, Plateresque, Renaissance and Baroque architecture – it never fails to amaze.

Where do you like to celebrate?
Del Diego cocktail bar on Calle de La Reina – it’s like being at home for me.

Do you have a favourite Madrid walk?
From the Puerta de Alcalá to Plaza del Callao, to experience an exciting contrast of cultures.

How do you like to travel around the city?
Madrid is perfect for walking but you can always hail a taxi when you’re exhausted.

Which is the city’s best landmark?
Currently, the brand new town hall in Plaza de Cibeles, in the old Palacio de Correos which has long been an emblem of the city.

Which do you think is Madrid’s best museum?
There are many but the Prado is unforgettable.

Which person from your city do you most admire?
I admire many people from Madrid. One of them is the painter Antonio López Torres, I love his work.

Can you reveal any secret spots?
The terrace of the Casino de Madrid on Calle de Alcalá.

Where are the best bargains to be found?
In the shops around Chueca that are especially dedicated to the avant-garde. Many of them have really special pieces.

Any advice for visitors?
One week in Madrid is not enough.

Can you recommend any good hotels in Madrid?
In Spain, the standard of quality hotels is well above that of other European cities. In Madrid, the offer is second to none, with a variety of styles from the traditional to the cutting-edge. I particularly love the AC Santo Mauro on Zurbano.



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