‘My two favourite areas of London are Notting Hill and Islington. I’ve lived in both, and this is why I chose to open my two stores in these parts of the city. When visiting one of my boutiques, look out for the Cushion Hoops from my latest collection, of which I’m particularly fond.
‘There are many fabulous fashion stores in Notting Hill, including Helmut Lang, and Sub Couture on Kensington Park Road for well-priced staples. Golborne Road Market, an offshoot of Portobello Road Market, is where all the best second-hand furniture stores can be found.
‘When I eat out, I go to Santo on Portobello Road, a Mexican restaurant with charisma, divine margaritas made with fresh kiwi or raspberry and very good, authentic food. The café at 202, on Westbourne Grove, is next to my store and is a great meeting place for lunch – do try the risottos. You'll never see so many fashion executives and designers, film directors and actors eating lunch in the same place and in such a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.
‘I also like Tavola on Westbourne Grove, chef Alistair Littles’s delicatessen. He does the best pesto in London and the most delicious seasonal soups, all made on the premises.
‘The Grocer on Elgin, on Elgin Crescent, sells fantastic bread and meals that you can take out, my favourite being the south-east Asian prawn curry.
‘BeautyWorksWest is a friendly beauty sanctuary. Staff members are experts in up-to-the-minute beauty treatments, all carried out in luxury surroundings. The owner Suzy is inspirational.
‘When in Islington, go to Tallulah on Cross Street for a personal fitting of lovely lingerie, rest a while in the churchyard at St Mary’s Upper Street, cut through to Essex Road and browse the auction rooms at Criterion Auctioneers.
‘I love to walk in the grandiose Kensington Gardens, which has such lovely trees, as well as around Primrose Hill and Regents Park, where there’s a hidden garden. I also enjoy wandering around places like Bunhill Fields where the English poet William Blake is buried.
‘The best view in London is from corner of Hampstead Heath, near the Spaniards Inn, where you can see the whole of the city.
‘The best-kept local secret is Melt on Ledbury Road which specialises in handmade chocolates – try the raspberry chocolate, the mint with dark milk chocolate, or the white chocolate with lemon and thyme.’