Lon­don

Si­mone Rocha, daugh­ter of Hong Kong-born de­signer John Rocha, is famed for her for­ward-think­ing, fem­i­nine col­lec­tions. She shares her per­fect week­end in the city

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Last Word -

on­don is my favourite city. I moved there six years ago and it really has be­come my home. My stu­dio is in Dal­ston, a very youth­ful and cre­ative area, and my flag­ship store opened on Mount Street in May­fair last year. Not only is my work here, but also my fam­ily and friends are close by. It’s a really cre­ative place and in­cred­i­bly in­ter­na­tional. There is al­ways some­thing to in­spire me in the city— whether it’s a show, a meal or a walk.

My favourite day is Sun­day. I try not to go into the stu­dio on a Sun­day. An ideal day would be spent re­lax­ing in the East End, where I live. I would wake up and go to Vi­o­let Cakes on Wil­ton Way for cof­fee and break­fast. Then I’d walk to the flower mar­ket on Columbia Road to get some blooms for the house. It’s al­ways lovely to drop in to see friends who live in the neigh­bour­hood or per­haps meet for lunch at Brawn, a Mediter­ranean restau­rant also on Columbia Road.

I love to spend time shop­ping for books in May­fair and Soho. Peter Har­ring­ton Rare Books is my favourite in May­fair. It’s on Dover Street. Also Claire de Rouen Books has some really great finds. For fash­ion, I al­ways go to Dover Street Mar­ket. I think it’s the most cre­ative and in­spir­ing place to shop. For gro­ceries, the food hall in Fort­num & Ma­son is truly beau­ti­ful and fan­tas­ti­cally old-fash­ioned.

Lon­don has so many won­der­ful gal­leries and mu­se­ums. The Tate Mod­ern al­ways has a great show on and the build­ing is amaz­ing. I’ve shown twice there, so it has a very spe­cial place in my heart. Hauser & Wirth in May­fair is a beau­ti­ful gallery and has some of my favourite artists, in­clud­ing Louise Bour­geois. There is also an amaz­ing Hauser & Wirth in Som­er­set if you want to es­cape to the coun­try­side.

In the evening there are so many won­der­ful restau­rants to try in Lon­don. I love La Petite Mai­son for din­ner with my fam­ily. I usu­ally have a birth­day sup­per there. Clar­idge’s tea room is so pretty and tra­di­tional, and I al­ways feel so wel­come. Clar­idge’s Fu­moir bar is one of my favourite places for a drink. When eat­ing out with friends, I love the Bri­tish old-school vibe of A Lit­tle of What You Fancy in Dal­ston, and Koya Bar in Soho is great for Ja­panese udon.

If I fancy a lit­tle cul­ture af­ter din­ner, Sadler’s Wells The­atre al­ways has the most amaz­ing dance per­for­mances. I of­ten go there to see pro­duc­tions by Tanzthe­ater Wup­per­tal Pina Bausch. I re­cently saw the won­der­ful chore­og­ra­pher Anne Teresa De Keers­maeker dance there. In the evening I really like to go to the cin­ema. The Rio in Dal­ston is my lo­cal cin­ema but if I’m in May­fair I love to go to the Cur­zon.

The nicest way to end my day is to meet a friend for sup­per at the Clove Club in Shored­itch, or Tonkotsu East for a ra­men and a whisky. Then stroll home and get an early night.

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