Fashion commentator and TV personality Grace Woodward began her career as Head of Press at creative direction, consultancy and brand ambassadorship. She was the Fashion Director on the X Factor in 2010 and spent two seasons as a permanent judge on Sky Living’s Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. In addition to many other media appearances, Grace has written for Grazia Daily, InStyle and Mother & Baby Magazine. Born and bred in the capital, we caught up with her to uncover her must-visit London haunts.
I was born at University College Hospital and lived on New Cavendish Street for ten years, so if Noho properly existed that would be it, as long as I could squeeze Marylebone High Street in, too.
Favourite place for brunch:
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Okay they don’t actually do brunch but CAN YOU IMAGINE.
Best coffee in London:
I know I’m expected to say something fancy, but its hands down Pret a Manger. It’s the best coffee on the high street. As the mother of an 11 month-old baby, I am an expert in having good coffee within arms reach at ALL times.
Favourite gallery or museum:
That’s a tough call between the Wallace Collection and the V&A. I would live in the Wallace Collection and work at the V&A.
St Pancras – I did my first job there when it was derelict which led me to have my wedding there in its current glorious form. It’s over the top, obvious and is getting better with age, can you see where I’m going with this…
Favourite place to shop:
For luxury its rare that I can leave Liberty without having relieved myself of all current funds, and once I’ve done that I would head to Past Caring on Essex Road in Islington.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
The SHOWstudio shop/gallery on Motcomb Street, Belgravia – fashion as art and art as fashion.
Best London destination for a date:
The bar at Sheekey’s. There is something very heady and sexy about all the voyeurism and the shiny cool zinc bar that makes me want to misbehave.
The Serpentine, but only with a Fortnum & Mason Hamperling.
Favourite food market:
John Lewis Food Hall, aka Waitrose. That’s a market, right?
Your sanctuary in the city:
Running past the zoo in and around Regent’s Park, marvelling at the giraffes who make me think of Kenya.
What inspires you?
In general bravery, in London history.
This season I’m loving:
…and every season henceforth I’m loving FKA Twigs.