The creator of ‘the world’s most expensive perfume’, Clive Christian OBE shares his favourite British things.
I remember watching and waiting for a steam train to pass under the bridge I stood on and feeling the heat of the steam and that fantastic smell of power and energy as it powered by.
I think that the British Monarchy would be sorely missed if it no longer existed. Every ceremony from the coronation to the jubilees, Trooping the Colour and Changing the Guard, the National Honours, the Ceremony of the Keys is irreplaceable.
The Palace of Westminster is my favourite London building, more commonly referred to by the names of its tenants, the Houses of Parliament and Commons. Not only is it unbelievably detailed as an example of Gothic architecture, but it also supports Big Ben and the ‘mother of all parliaments’. As if it wasn’t already the ultimate iconic building for London, when the London Eye was built on the opposite side of the Thames it only served to underline the beauty and drama of this fantastic, historical building.
I love ‘The season’: racing at Royal Ascot, tennis at Wimbledon and rowing at the Henley Regatta – each and every occasion with a dresscode and a sense of ceremony and celebration.
My hero would have to be Sir Winston Churchill – a stoic and solid man for the moment with an exceptional turn of phrase. He was what the country desperately needed, a man to rise to the occasion with the resolve and courage to propel others forward.
DINING IN LONDON
I enjoy going to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Scott’s or Le Caprice, and for a special occasion Harry’s Bar – not least because I would have to remember to wear a jacket and tie!
I admire a litany of creative individuals from Mackintosh to McQueen who have enjoyed the freedom and international reach of this country to express themselves freely. I am proud to have been
honoured by The Queen as an OBE for my contribution to British Luxury Design and to be counted amongst these Great Brits.
FAVOURITE DAY OUT
I am always fond of the Grand National at Aintree – that is definitely my favourite day out.
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