LLG Plays & Stays

Sir John Paul Getty Jr’s Library at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire

October 23, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

A shared passion for books and reading has always been one of the things that has always drawn Clare and I together since the week we met at school, aged sixteen. Fast forward far too many years, and we find ourselves at Wormsley for the Maserati 100 Year celebrations, when small groups of guests were allowed into [...]

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Hello from Shanghai!

October 17, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

Another week of what seems like perpetual motion. On Tuesday I flew to Shanghai, having risen very early to appear on William Sitwell’s Biting Talk show on Soho Radio, as his guest London restaurant critic (talking about Sea Containers at the Mondrian London), along with restaurateur Mark Hix, and Andy Blas, Executive Pastry Chef at [...]

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The 100 Years of Maserati Garden Party at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire

September 10, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

It’s no secret that I like driving. A lot. I drive a sports car as my regular London wheels, and I grew up with  a confirmed petrol head as a father, who takes me on track days, and whose mantra is ‘can you go a bit faster?’ So when HR Owen asked me if I would [...]

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On the Road: Hiking, The British Flower School, Mapperton House with Boden

August 20, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

Day one of our glorious trip to the West Country with Boden was spent at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, baking bread, making canapes, and eating vast VAST quantities of food. Of course, as Newton’s Third Law has it, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In this case the day of shoving everything [...]

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London: Rowing on The Serpentine & Brunch at The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in London’s Hyde Park

August 20, 2014 LLG Fashion

(The view across the Serpentine, from The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in London’s Hyde Park) As a north Londoner, it’s easy to overlook  the myriad attractions of Hyde Park for the more bucolic delights of Hampstead Heath, or the local pleasures of The Regent’s Park, where I walk the dog, and occasionally train. For, after all, if I [...]

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London: House Festival 2014

July 11, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

Last Thursday Brig, Rachel and I played truant from work, spending the day in the grounds of the magnificent Marble Hill House in Twickenham at the annual House Festival, organised by Soho House for its members and guests.  Tickets sell out each year in minutes, but I managed to snag a couple through judicious use [...]

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St Regis Polo 2014 at Cowdray Park

May 28, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

The Saturday before Chelsea was dedicated to cake and ponies – or ponies and cake – at the annual St. Regis International Cup, now in its seventh year at Cowdray Park in West Sussex. I took Brig (above) as my guest.

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A Week in LLG: Bibendum, Tumi, Tod’s, Milli Millu and Posetta

May 17, 2014 LLG Food

(Pea shoots, burrata, roasted cherry tomatoes, asparagus, artichokes at Bibendum) I know that as one gets older that time is supposed to speed up, but it really does feel like the weeks go by on roller skates at the moment. I just looked at my diary to see what I had done this week and [...]

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The Dinner for the Prix Grand Siècle Laurent-Perrier 2014 in honour of Karl Lagerfeld

April 21, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

Travelling to Paris for a dinner is quite a big commitment: but when the dinner is to celebrate M Lagerfeld, the recipient of this year’s Prix Grand Siècle Laurent-Perrier 2014, there’s no question as to whether one should or shouldn’t go…

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Hotel: The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK

March 27, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

The lovely thing about living in London is how easy it is to escape from: in under an hour you can be in the countryside, and by ninety minutes you are far from the madding crowds. I had a long-standing invitation from The Greyhound on the Test in Hampshire, a 600year old pub, which promises [...]

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