I walk a lot. I have dogs, so I walk my dogs. I run, I swim and I do a lot of gardening as well. I can literally spend my whole day outdoors. When I was a kid, I always cycled everywhere and I have a bike now. I’m very comfortable being outside.
[I remember the smell of] my school uniform‹it was institutional. It was a white shirt, a tie, a blazer, and black trousers but it was my blazer particularly.
My grandmother was Italian and she was always cooking. She’d get up at like 5:30 a.m. and bake bread for the day. It’s kind of surreal when I think about it now. Her house always smelled of freshly baked bread and coffee, ground coffee‹she ground her own coffee.
I just bought a bread maker. But that’s kind of useless. I’ve used it once and I bought it two months ago. It feels phony doing it because you don’t do anything you just pour everything in.
The very first fragrance that my parents bought me, when I was 15 or so, was Jazz by YSL. And then when I was 16, someone I worked for bought me Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet. And I’ve worn it ever since. It’s one of my favourites.
In Yorkshire, my favourite [restaurant] is my local pub. This is really embarrassing, but they know I love bangers and mash.
I like old booze. I mainly drink wine, red wine, or I drink vodka tonics, or I love caipirinhas. Christmas Eve is always caipirinha night and I try to extend Christmas Eve as often as I can. I love mulled wine. I love Campari orange. I’m not very discriminating!
I’m not really a hotel person, I don’t love hotels. I mean I’m in hotels so much for work that I much prefer to spend it with friends in their homes or in my homes.
I’m not someone who gets obsessed with fashion and film. I mean, I love imagery and I get seduced by imagery but I’m not someone who really hones in on the fashion, I kind of like the whole package of the architecture, the era, the characters.
Travel must haves
They’re all technology-based. It’s always a spare battery for my iPhone. I always have to have my macBook air and all the plugs that go with that.
I was following Stephen Fry for a long time.
I’m reading Stephen Spender’s biography.