My London: Susannah Constantine – Author and Journalist

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Susannah Constantine describes herself as ‘author, journalist, PA to three teenagers and middle-aged lapsed fashionista turned podcaster to the wardrobes of superstars!’. She and Trinny Woodall wrote a weekly Daily Telegraph fashion column which spawned their hit series ‘What Not To Wear’, broadcast on BBC2 from 2001-2005, and a number of books which have sold more than 2.5m copies worldwide. Susannah was a style advisor on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and went on to co-host ‘Trinny and Susannah Undress…’ and ‘Undress the Nation’ on ITV. In 2017, she published her acclaimed first novel, ‘After the Snow’, with her second novel, ‘Summer in Mayfair’, out this summer. Her new podcast, My Wardrobe Malfunction, in which she talks to guests including Elizabeth Hurley and Tan France about their relationship with clothes, is available to download now on all major platforms.

We caught up with Susannah for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.

 

Favourite neighbourhood:

Battersea. I lived there for 10 years and knew most people on our street. My three children were latch-key kids from an early age, as was our dog who would take himself to the park when he felt like it.

 

Favourite place for brunch:

Milk, Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG. I think brunch is the best meal of the day. When I’m trying to lose weight I’ll have eggs, avocado and coffee then skip lunch and just have dinner.

 

Best coffee in London:

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia. I’m a terrible coffee snob. I HATE the chains with a passion. Kaffeine has the best cappuccino in town.

 

Favourite gallery or museum:

V&A – Being a lover of fashion and clothing of any kind, there is always something exciting to discover here, even outside the superstar exhibitions.

 

Tell us a secret:

I hate shopping for clothes. I find it exhausting, frustrating and never find what I want because there is too much choice. I buy all my clothes online – the fact that I know what suits me so well makes it easier. My favourite is THE OUTNET.

 

Favourite place to shop:

Felt, Chelsea Green. I adore this eclectic jewellery store that has wonderful vintage pieces. They also make their own real gold, silver and gemstone jewellery at affordable prices. It’s my go to place for special presents.

 

Favourite place to find inspiration:

Wallace Collection, Manchester Square. I rediscovered this museum when doing research for my latest novel. It’s incredibly opulent and hardly changed since it was used as a home. A hidden gem that few people go to. I write in the cafe.

 

Best London destination for a date:

South Bank. This part of the Thames is so varied and thrilling in its architecture. You can feel creativity oozing from every building.

 

Favourite park:

St James’s. I’m always stunned to see pelicans and flamingos gliding in the lake. To me it is the most Royal of the royal parks being close to Buckingham Palace and The Ritz!

 

Favourite food market:

Spitalfields. I feel that everything here has come fresh from the farm. Everything sold is of superlative quality and if it’s good enough for Michelin-starred eateries it’s good enough for me.

 

Your sanctuary in the city:

Brompton Oratory. I’m not a religious person but I love the peace of this church. There is something about the smell of wood and lingering incense that I find very reassuring.

 

What inspires you?

Music by John Grant and Perfume Genius. I only allow myself to listen to music when I write. It’s my treat and encourages me to stop procrastinating. The soaring melodies of both artists flick the creative switch in my brain.

 

This season I’m loving:

Wide leg jeans by Donna Ida. They are such a flattering shape and SO comfortable. I love that they are high waisted. Not cheap but I live in them so worth the hefty price tag!

 

Listen to My Wardrobe Malfunction here

 

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