Char­lotte Olympia

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

uch as i love the idea of wak­ing up slowly, I have three chil­dren who are all quite young— one of them is only one­and-a-half—so when the boys are up, we’re up. It’s a very fast-paced start to each day. When you have one child, you can be or­gan­ised. With two, you have to start do­ing what they want, and by the time you have three, well, you have to make both things work. You do what they want and get them to do the things that you need to do.

I live and work at the top of Lad­broke Grove, so I’m close to Por­to­bello and Gol­borne roads, giv­ing me won­der­ful ac­cess to vin­tage shops and the mar­ket on week­ends. Al­fies An­tique Mar­ket on Church Street has ev­ery­thing from vin­tage and an­tique fur­ni­ture and home­ware to cloth­ing, jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories. The Honey­jam toy store on Blen­heim Cres­cent off Por­to­bello Road has great retro toys for boys and girls. There’s also Cir­cus An­tiques on Cham­ber­layne Road, which has a great se­lec­tion of an­tique fur­ni­ture; I al­ways find some­thing when­ever I visit.

When it comes to cul­ture, one is com­pletely spoiled in Lon­don. The Michael Hop­pen Gallery on Ju­bilee Place off the Kings Road shows beau­ti­ful works, from Guy Bour­din to Alex Prager. I’m a big fan of Prager’s. The store sells great photography.

I also like walk­ing around, just dis­cov­er­ing beau­ti­ful places on your doorstep and those that you for­get about. For ex­am­ple, some­one rec­om­mended the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects to me, which, well I’ve lived here my whole life, so I’ve passed it a thou­sand times and I’ve never no­ticed it. It’s a lovely art deco build­ing in cen­tral Lon­don with a li­brary and beau­ti­ful rooms for lunch meet­ings. It’s also a re­ally un­ex­pected place to go for cof­fee. And I love the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum al­most as much as my boys. The Tate and Tate Mod­ern make for a good Satur­day morn­ing. And the Chelsea Physic Gar­den is beau­ti­ful to dis­cover in spring.

For food, there’s a place I love near me called Dock Kitchen. It’s on the canal. It used to be a hid­den gem, but more peo­ple know about it now. It used to be where light­ing designer Tom Dixon had a place. It’s an open-plan kitchen, serves de­li­cious food from all over the globe, and ev­ery week the menu changes. I’m a foodie. I go there for Sun­day lunch or take peo­ple there for din­ner.

I’m a bit old-fash­ioned, too, so I love Scotts, a beau­ti­ful restau­rant with won­der­ful food. The Gallery at Sketch is a fab­u­lously fem­i­nine dining room de­signed in pink. It’s like a pink Hol­ly­wood dream. It makes me want to go dressed up in shades of the same colour and sip pink cock­tails or pink cham­pagne.

When I want glam­our and grandeur, The Wolse­ley is an es­pe­cially apt set­ting, great for an old-fash­ioned brunch. I love to dress up for din­ner and it’s also the spot to do that—a place where you have a cock­tail be­fore­hand, or a whisky sour at the bar, and then eat. Oh, there’s a restau­rant called Santo, a fun Mex­i­can, also on Por­to­bello Road.

There’s not enough time in the day for me, be­cause now I’m trav­el­ling more. By June we will have opened our 10th store glob­ally. We just opened in Bangkok and Thai­land, and to­day one in Cal­i­for­nia. I don’t mind long-haul fly­ing. I’m off to a store open­ing in LA for about 10 days with one of my sons. Work­ing for my­self I can do that. I love the Hol­ly­wood Hills. I dream of LA a lot. My whole brand is geared to­wards the place. We may go to Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, maybe to the beach, Malibu or Santa Bar­bara, I don’t know. It will be just me, my boy and Spi­derman!

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