Shaun Pulfrey is the Inventor and Founder of the hairbrush brand, Salma Hayek, Emily Watson and Victoria Beckham. Here he keeps things closer to home to tell us about his London.
I’ve lived in London for the best part of 25 years. During the early years, I always lived in up and coming areas that were edgy before they switched to trendy – Putney, Ladbroke Grove and Brixton. But as I’ve got busier and older I now prefer not to hear too many cars and sirens. Clapham Old Town is where I’ve settled.
Favourite place for brunch:
The office is in Brixton so I keep it real most days at my local café called Fantasia in Clapham Park Road, SW4. It does a great simple fry-up with continental options. It’s low-key and great value.
Best coffee in London:
Hardly anybody gets my coffee request right. I like a cold latte. That’s coffee made with cold milk, they usually give me whole milk and hot. My local café Opus in Acre Lane, SW2 get it just right after training!
Favourite gallery or museum:
I love wandering around the National Portrait Gallery, but as a keen art lover I’m also getting into privately owned galleries. One of my favourites is Hauser & Wirth in Savile Row who show emerging and established contemporary artists.
The Hoover Building in Greenford as I love Art Deco. My heart lifts every time I pass it.
Favourite place to shop:
Bottega and Liberty. I have a slight addiction to Bottega bags. The craftsmanship is superb and Liberty is very well edited. You feel they go the extra mile in choosing their pieces.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
I found inspiration in everything. But if pushed, I would say the British Library – that’s where my journey began with Tangle Teezer and the buzz of Soho.
Best London destination for a date:
I’m not really into romantic dinners – no candlelight for me, so just an understated bistro. If anyone knows anywhere great, tell me!
St James’s Park. It’s more low-key than other royal parks but still feels like a city.
Favourite food market:
I don’t really have one. Does Marks & Spencer food hall count?
Your sanctuary in the city:
I find sanctuary sitting in the closed courtyard at the Ham Yard Hotel. I love settling down with the papers, ordering toast and honey and people watching.
What inspires you?
Everyday products. As a successful inventor I’m always paying attention to things that don’t work and how they could work better.
This season I’m loving:
My new Blow-Styling hairbrush, my Havaianas and Jil Sander trousers.