My London: Honey Dijon

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 (Tom Jackson )
(Tom Jackson )

Home is…

Kreuzberg, Berlin. But I’m just waiting for my visa to move to London, hoping for Hampstead.

Where do you stay in London?

Redchurch Townhouse. It’s so quiet and it has an amazingly large tub. But it’s my secret.

Where do you go to let your hair down?

My pillow with Netflix. I’m currently watching Pretend It’s a City, I love Fran Lebowitz.

Fran Lebowitz in  Pretend It’s a City (COURTESY OF NETFLIX)
Fran Lebowitz in Pretend It’s a City (COURTESY OF NETFLIX)

Which shops do you rely on?

Browns East for jewellery, I always come out with a bauble. Selfridges for my Skinceuticals skincare and Liberty for fragrance.

The best meal you’ve had?

Since Gujarati Rasoi in Dalston closed, where I had the most amazing vegan Indian food I’ve ever had, I love the kimchi bokkeumbap rice at Mildreds.

If you could buy any building to live in, which would it be?

David Adjaye’s Dirty House [now Gucci Circolo], just a big black box. It was perfect. I wouldn’t move in anything but candles. Scent is so important.

David Adjaye’s Dirty House (Alamy Stock Photo)
David Adjaye’s Dirty House (Alamy Stock Photo)

What’s your favourite London beauty spot?

FaceGym in Selfridges and Mike O’Gorman who does my hair — he’s opening a salon.

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

Keep clubs open 24 hours. Sadly many great ones have closed; I used to love The End, it had the best sound system.

Ever had a run-in with a London police officer?

I’ve only had sexy run-ins with policemen!

Who’s your hero?

Grace Jones. I discovered her when I was probably 13 and she was the first person to combine music, fashion and art in that way. And she was this black woman who wasn’t conventionally beautiful. We need to do away with the word beauty, it’s so boring.

Grace Jones (Ron Galella Collection via Getty)
Grace Jones (Ron Galella Collection via Getty)

What makes someone a Londoner?

Eccentricity and a wicked sense of humour. I won’t be a Londoner, I’m a global citizen.

What’s the best thing a cabbie has ever said to you?

‘I’m just turning off the meter as I took a wrong turn.’ I love it when they turn the meter off.

Where would you recommend for a first date?

Shopping at Phonica Records in Soho — I’m always looking for the latest disco remixes and house releases — and then on to Claridge’s for drinks. It has such a good bar.

Phonica Records (Alamy Stock Photo)
Phonica Records (Alamy Stock Photo)

Who do you call when you want to have fun?

Luke Solomon, we just hang out and go record shopping. It’s great to have such a good friend in town.

Your biggest extravagance?

Fragrance. My most expensive is a Byredo one that cost £600.

What do you collect?

Books. Art books, architecture books, fashion books. Never stop learning. When I move it’s terrible — I have records on top of books, the two heaviest things.

What are you up to at the moment for work?

I’m getting on a flight to Dublin for a gig and then next year crazy touring!

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