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ZOË DE GIVENCHY
MY OCCUPATION: Brand consultant and publicist
MY STYLE: Always classic, but modernized in a way that feels current and personal. My style adapts to my mood and the moment depending on the environment and season.
I LOVE LONDON BECAUSE: London is a city of constant reinvention, but with it there is always a sense of history and tradition. To a resident, London feels like a collection of villages, each with its own distinct rhythm, character and style. From Chelsea to Notting Hill, Pimlico to Primrose Hill and Marylebone to Mayfair, there is always a vibe to suit whatever mood you're in and an exhibition, event, new store or restaurant for every member of the family to enjoy.
Zoë de Givenchy says this restaurant in Chelsea Farmers Market was “a longtime favorite for us well before we had a baby in our family,” but the spot suits them just as well with a little one. The place serves a menu of a classic Italian trattoria along with thin, wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas that are widely considered the best in London. A high vaulted roof inside, and a terrace edged with flora on the outside makes the restaurant as aesthetically appealing as its food is delicious. There are lots of fun shops in the area, so families can browse the area after a lovely meal.READ MORE
Baby Spa by Laura Sevenus
Zoë de Givenchy loves this “Kensington sanctuary, [where] newborn babies swim in individual purified water pools, naked except for an inflatable ring around their necks. Too adorable for words!” But what’s the point exactly? Well, it’s super fun for babies that are not yet mobile on their own to be able to swim, and the exercise allows them to strengthen their muscles and improve their balance and coordination at a very young age. “It is impeccably clean and serene and the staff are so well-trained, the whole family looks forward to going. Louis adores his post-swim massage…it is one of the few outings a newborn can enjoy.”READ MORE
National Portrait Gallery
This London gallery houses portraits of historically important and other famous British people. What sets it apart from most galleries? Well, the paintings are chosen based on the subject matter, not on the artist is, which makes for an interesting collection. The portraits take the form of photographs, caricatures, paintings, drawings, and sculptures, a variety that makes it really fun for kids, and a discussion of the people in the pictures makes for a great history lesson. Zoë de Givenchy calls it her favorite of the big classical galleries, and she adores “spending time with all those historical characters and then finishing off with a drink in the bar at the top,” where “one of the great views of London” can be found. You’ll be “eye to eye with Nelson and the pigeons high above Trafalgar Square.”READ MORE
The Nursery Window
Zoë de Givenchy loves “the amazing array of shops at Brompton Cross and Walton Street,” but The Nursery Window is one of her favorites. “Their hand-knitted cashmere pieces made by ladies all over the UK are particularly special, and their signature bunny range of linens, towels, and aprons” are gorgeous, she says. The quality of all the products is great, and the service is even better: the staff are a great resource for new parents, as they are always willing to explain how products can be used and cared for. If you’re not in London, you can also shop some of the store online.READ MORE
The Connaught Hotel
Tireless and attentive renovations of its historic grandeur mixed with modern state-of-the-art technology makes this grand Mayfair hotel one of the most elegant and adored in London. Its location on Mount Street, one of London’s prettiest shopping streets, beautiful mirrored ballroom and all round muted elegance make it Zoe de Givenchy’s all time favourite.READ MORE