My perfect day: Rachel Sweeney
We have worked very hard over the years to find the best almond croissant in Marylebone, and we reckon Le Pain Quotidien does the best one: fresh, light, plenty of flavour. It’s the best to our mind—and believe me, we have explored.
Regent’s Park. They have an allotment garden just outside the Inner Circle, and I just think it is great that there is an allotment garden in the middle of a Royal Park in the middle of London. The thing about allotment gardens is they are not there to be pretty, so it’s interesting to see how creative people can be.
It’s between Pauline Burrows and Deploy, really. The fact you can get a piece of clothing made in Marylebone, bespoke, is a brilliant thing and these are two of my favourites. I love how Deploy creates structured shapes out of fabric, and I love Pauline for her relaxed style.
In the winter, I would sneak into the Durrants hotel bar and have coffee in there: it’s really warm and snuggly and they do a mean hot chocolate. If you really needed a bit of cosy sustenance, that is perfect. In summer, probably the courtyard at the Chiltern Firehouse over the road.
Le Labo on Devonshire Street is one I can’t walk past. They’ve been there a few years, but it was when I was looking for a fragrance for the shop that I got hooked. Everything they do is so well thought out: the smell is so interesting and fragrant, but also the packaging and the way the staff look at and speak to you. As a shopkeeper, I find that sort of thing very impressive.
The Royal Academy of Music does so many different kinds of things. I go there and think, these cannot be students. It’s so exciting to see people at the beginning of their careers, not knowing what they might go on to do and achieve. If I just have a quick lunchbreak though, I will dip into the Atlas Gallery on the corner and have 10 minutes of amazing photography.
They do very good cocktails around the corner in Purl London, served with great flourish. I like the cosy speakeasy thing—though at the height of summer it’s nice to go the Firehouse courtyard. You don’t have to book, and if you get there for 6pm you are usually okay.
Probably The Providores and Tapa Room, upstairs or downstairs. It’s an institution, I know, but there’s a reason for that. I like the combination of flavours—it doesn’t get boring. There’s always something to stimulate your palate and get your juices going. As I get older I find I accumulate less and less and enjoy experiences like good food and drink more.
I would go to the farmers’ market and get some fish from Longshore or Seafayre, and I would probably need to get some cheese both from the market and from La Fromagerie, just to be sure. You can never have too much cheese.
Really good company. I would want to have someone to do all these lovely things with.