I'll be arriving in London from New York, where I was looking for a new spot to open La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. We have a few locations in mind and hope to select something soon. Our branch in Paris [7 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, +33 9 54 90 20 20, compagniedesvinssurnaturels.com/] has been a great foray into the category, which is why we're opening in London in December and looking for a place in New York to do something similar.
As it is Fashion Week, it's fitting that I have an appointment to pick my first-ever tailored jacket made by my talented friends at Thom Sweeney. [1-2 Weighhouse St, London W1K 5LR, 020 7629 6220, thomsweeney.co.uk/]
I'll head over to Jasper Conran runway show @ Saatchi [Duke Of York's HQ, King's Rd, London SW3 4RY, saatchigallery.com/] with a friend. In the evening, I'll make my way over to the Selfridges Street Take-Over Dazed and Confused party.
After my LFW fill, I'll probably stay around Covent Garden. As we're opening our next venue, La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in Seven Dials [December], I need to soak up the energy of the neighbourhood where I actually live when I'm in London and where I'll be spending a lot of time with our new bar & restaurant. I'll eat at Opera Tavern [23 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JS, 020 7836 3680, operatavern.co.uk/] at night, one of my favourite places in London- the perfect place for a full tapas feast.
Late at night I'll go to Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown [13a Gerrard St, Chinatown, London W1D 5PS, 020 7434 3559 , chinatownecc.com/ ] to make sure everything is fine and have a cocktails from our new menu. Try the classic St Germain des Pres, a refreshing, gin- based cocktail with chilli tincture, alongside new cocktails, Handsome Jack and the Tonka Fievre.
I'll probably wake up late and wander out to get a cappuccino at my favourite coffee shop, Monmouth Coffee Company [27 Monmouth Street Covent Garden London WC2H 9EU, 020 7379 3516, monmouthcoffee.co.uk ] After spending time refining ideas for our new site, I'll probably have a big lunch with friends at Riding House Cafe [43-51 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PQ, 020 7927 0840, ridinghousecafe.co.uk/]. But, if I have the energy, I'll go grocery shopping at Borough Market [boroughmarket.org.uk/].
The rest of the afternoon will be on chill out mode.
For weeks, I've wanted to go to the exhibition of Richard Rogers at The Royal Academy [Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, 020 7300 8000,royalacademy.org.uk/] so I may head out for a quiet afternoon to see that. Or I'll go to the movies to see Grande Bellazza, which Ive heard is amazing.
At night I'll surely go to the W magazine party at the Edition hotel. I can't wait to see what Schrager has done! I've always loved hotels, and an LFW party at this one should really be excellent.
Finally a day for some semblance of rest. I'll walk abound in the morning. Covent Garden is beautiful on an early autumn morning. I'll pick up a coffee at Monmouth Coffee Company ( above) for sure.
By the time afternoon rolls around, I'll head to Thomas Culbitt [44 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9PA, 020 7730 6060, thethomascubitt.co.uk/] in Belgravia for lunch. I love this place for the grand dining room and decadent décor with fantastic cuisine; they've done an amazing job. In the afternoon, I'll go to the private viewing of the White Queen with Wallpaper* magazine [londonfashionweek.co.uk/events_list.aspx?OrderBy=BlockTime+asc. And then I'll head home to go to bed early.
I'll go to the Serpentine Gallery (Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA, 020 7402 6075, serpentinegalery.org) London's best gallery during Fashion Week.
I can't stay for too long though - I'm heading to Ibiza for a quick trip to check in on Experimental Beach [Cap des Falco Playa des Codolar, Las Salinas, Ibiza, +34 664 331 269, eccbeach.com/] and then its back to Paris.