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TRAVEL MUSE: SARAH CLARK

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TRAVEL MUSE: SARAH CLARK

In this series I feature some of my favourite travel, food and interiors writers, photographers and style conscious travellers, as I set out to uncover some of their best discoveries and travel tips both at home and away.

This month I’m in conversation with Fashion Stylist, Art Director and Editor Sarah Clark.

BIO:

I’m a Fashion Stylist and Art Director, based in Richmond, London.

After studying fashion journalism at The London College of Fashion, I went on to work at Marie Claire, Glamour, Red and most recently, The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine.

I now work on a freelance basis and collaborate regularly with various, well-known brands. I am also the Founder and Editor of fashion and lifestyle website, LittleSpree.com.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?

LittleSpree.com

Instagram @littlespree

WHERE IS HOME FOR YOU?

Richmond, London

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?

That it’s the perfect mix of ’town and country’. We are close to beautiful Richmond Park, Ham Common, the river Thames… But also just a tube ride away from Central London.

ANY LOCAL GEMS?

Petersham Nurseries has to be ‘up there’. It’s so special and unique, even just for a browse. I prefer to go there during the week though - weekends are so busy!! I will often meet a friend there for a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake.

Image Credit: PetershamNurseries.com

Image Credit: PetershamNurseries.com

Richmond Park has always been one of my favourite parks in London. I love that it’s so wild. It’s almost impossible to think it’s anywhere near London…

WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT IN THE UK?

In the UK? Wow. Let me think…

Well, seeing as I have lived in London for over twenty years, it’s the city I’ve eaten the most meals in, so...

J.Sheekey has been one of my favourites for as long as I can remember (most of my adult life pretty much - I’ve had countless lunches and dinners here over the years). I love that it’s classic, and never been ‘cool’ or ’trendy’ or ’the place go’. Just great food, great atmosphere and great service. My favourite thing is to eat at the bar (not the Oyster Bar though - the bar in the restaurant). It’s perfect for two, and so much more intimate than the main restaurant. It’s one of my boyfriend and I’s favourite places to go for dinner. And the odds are pretty high that you will end up sitting next to a well-known actor...

Claridges for afternoon tea. I LOVE afternoon tea, and Claridges’ afternoon tea is the best as far as I’m concerned (and I’ve pretty much tried all of the London ones I think…). It’s not something you do all the time, but as a very special treat, it’s hard to beat.

Image Credit: Claridges.co.uk

Image Credit: Claridges.co.uk

Petersham Nurseries Cafe for dinner in the Summer. Again, it’s a real treat (the bill will probably make your eyes water…), but it’s so magical, lit only by candles and fairy lights.

Image Credit: PetershamNurseries.com

Image Credit: PetershamNurseries.com

Locanda Locatelli. In my option, one of the best Italian restaurants in London. I had one of the best meals of my life there.

Nopi. For breakfast. It’s one of my favourite spots for a breakfast meeting. The food is just SO delicious. And everything looks so beautiful too. Every time I try something new, it instantly becomes ‘my new favourite’! My current ‘new favourite' is the black rice with coconut milk, banana and mango. It’s to die for.

Pizzeria Rustica in Richmond. Simple, rustic, inexpensive, friendly.. And the best pizzas in town! A great place to take kids too. We’re always in there!

Electric House for brunch. I love the pancakes with maple syrup and bacon (on the side). Yummy!

WHERE WOULD YOU CHOSE TO EAT YOUR LAST SUPPER AND WHAT WOULD YOU ORDER?

Oh my God. I have NO idea!!! Umm, it would probably be a roast dinner! A Christmas dinner! But where?? No idea! As long as there were all the trimmings, I don’t mind! I’m even quite partial to a Pret Christmas sandwich!

Failing that, a just-made fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomato foccacia sandwich on our favourite beach in Fiascherino in Liguria.

WHICH WAS YOUR BEST EVER UK HOTEL/ACCOMMODATION AND WHAT MADE IT SPECIAL?

It was a special treat (my 40th birthday), when we (my boyfriend and I - he organised it) stayed at Claridges for two nights. It is just the most beautiful hotel. I love everything about it! It was just perfect. And an experience that I will always treasure. We loved being ’tourists’ in our own city, which we’d never really done before.

WHICK UK HOTEL/ACCOMMODATION IS ON YOUR LUST LIST?

Claridges again!! Always!

And Heckfield Place. I have heard such amazing things about it from friends who’ve been. It’s actually very close to where I grew up.

WHICH WAS YOUR BEST EVER EUROPEAN HOTEL/ACCOMMODATION AND WHAT MADE IT SPECIAL?

Well, I have been extremely fortunate (spoilt!) to have travelled a lot for work, and stayed in some of the most amazing hotels. So I will include one that was for business, and one that was for pleasure…

Business:

Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris. Just dreamy. The chicest hotel. My room was insane. And I do love a bit of chinz in a hotel room! Then years later it featured in the final series of Sex & The City, which I also loved.

Pleasure:

Torre di Bellosguardo, Florence. I went with my boyfriend, his sister and mother, before I had the twins, so around ten years ago now. It used to be a school, where they both went (they lived in Florence when they were kids), and their mother taught, and there was a school reunion. So it was special for various reasons. And the views over Florence are beautiful.

WHICH EUROPEAN HOTEL/ACCOMMODATION IS ON YOUR LUST LIST?

La Sirenuse in Positano. I have travelled pretty extensively in Italy and have always wanted to go to The Amalfi Coast, but never been. One day!

Image Credit: Sirenuse.it

Image Credit: Sirenuse.it

BEST EVER AIR BNB EXPERIENCE?

Can you believe I’ve never stayed in one??

A SPECIAL TRAVEL MEMORY?

So many. Travelling around Israel when I was 18. Jerusalem blew my mind. The beauty. The history. I would love to go back and not have to stay in a hostel!

WHAT’S IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE?

A very tight edit! My laptop, my diary, a notebook (I’m a big list maker), noise cancelling headphones, lip balm, toothbrush and mini toothpaste, lavender hand sanitizer, a travel cosmetics case, books/magazines (that I won’t read, as I’ll be too busy watching back-to-back films), cashmere socks, a large blanket (the airline ones always make my hair stand on end!!) a photo of my kids, a large bottle of water and a Pret ‘picnic’. I never eat the plane food if I can help it. I think that’s it! Oh, and there might be a little Duty-Free purchase.


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING ON YOUR TRAVELS?

A selection of unfinished books…

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY LISTENING TO ON YOUR TRAVELS?

Anything and everything. When we are travelling a lot in the car, I will make playlists on Spotify. They might include anything from Al Green, The Rolling Stones, Joy Divison, Diana Ross, A Tribe Called Quest, The Cure, The Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac, Roxy Music, Depeche Mode, Marvin Gaye...

WHAT IS THE BEST SOUVENIR YOU HAVE BROUGHT HOME FROM A TRIP?

My snow globe of the Manhattan skyline. I bought it at the Guggenheim shop, and it’s just so beautiful. And the chicest snow globe I’ve ever seen anyway! Every time I walk past it, it reminds me of a trip we took to New York a family a few Christmases ago when I bought it.

Thank You Sarah!

Sarah’s website Little Spree is full of style inspiration, selected and edited with a well trained eye for gorgeous things and the most impeccable taste.

Beginning as an essential resource for fashion conscious mums to show how to dress kids in a beautiful, stylish way without breaking the bank, Sarah later added toy and book recommendations and then turned her attention to adults, including fashion and gift inspiration for both men and women and chic interiors finds for the home.

LittleSpree.com


The images used in this article have been used to provide inspiration alongside the recommendation for the business or product. I do not claim ownership of them and will happily remove them if this causes upset with the owner. Original sources are credited.