J’adore Claridges!

If anything is wrong, there’s always Claridges,

If everything is right, indeed Claridges.

I love to spend long hours reading a book with a sumptuous cake at afternoon tea, or visiting in the dead of night where  you can write in peace for hours in the most glamorous settings.

I love the pink champagne in Claridges!

They do the best rose in London… and their Espresso Martini’s are to die for.

But one of the hotel’s many perks is the most delicious breakfast, served in pastel mint and gold bone china. I had the vegetarian gluten free breakfast (naughty but nice), a mouthwateringly fabulous treat on a Bank Holiday Monday!

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Wearing; Le Palais Vintage

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London is always a treasure trove of delights. Although I have lived in Notting Hill for some time now, there is always new places to discover around the city.

Just waking up, you can feel the vibrancy, meet the most interesting people right on your door step and the culture never ceases to amaze me.

I love to think of each new day as an adventure and opportunity can be found everywhere in London- it never goes out of fashion!

“If your tired of London, your tired of life.”

6.45 AM

Portobello Road

I know it’s a little naughty but I always wake up with Dorothy and she sleeps curled up in the bed beside me! She always yawns which makes me laugh… she is such a fun and characterful little darling. I love to get up early and seize the day!

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7AM

Hyde Park

I always think some exercise is a good idea to make me feel awake and ready for the day. Hyde Park is particularly beautiful at all times of year, even in the winter. The colour of the trees turning different colours, the swans, lakes and ambience as well as Kensington Palace- you can never feel bored in Hyde Park!

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8AM

Notting Hill

I love to start the day with a coffee (or two) with a catch up on emails. Then a quick flick of a magazine, the fashion and interviews are always inspiring. Being self-employed it could be assumed it’s a total doss, but you have to keep motivated and work double as hard (often into the night) but the rewards far outweigh it.

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MIDDAY

Burlington Arcade

If I’m not on a shoot, castings or writing I normally spend the morning writing and working. Then it would be rude not to have a quick stroll down the Burlington Arcade and have a little nosy in Fortnums and Mason! It’s the nearest you can get to heaven (and not far away in Piccadilly Circus). I enjoy looking at the displays of sumptuous sweets and sometimes take a little bag home, with Dorothy’s approval of course. Watch out for Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason come out of the clock tower where they greet each in a twirly tea time dance!

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1.30PM

Claridges, Brook Street

After a light lunch it’s time for some writing. I always feel if you are in beautiful surroundings it helps the work immensely (any excuse!) Claridges is lovely as you can have a light afternoon tea and you see the most wonderful of characters coming and going- artists, directors and the occasional fabulous actress.

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4PM

Royal Academy, Piccadilly

I always love to make time for some culture and indulge in art- at 4 o’ clock it is less busy and the Royal Academy always has interesting exhibitions all year round. Luckily today London had some sun so it is perfect to stroll around.

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8PM

Selfridges, Oxford Street

After a little more work and a quick change of outfit- it’s time to see what the night beholds! London always has such fun events, parties and launches. Tonight I attended The Rake Magazine’s new edition launch in collaboration with Ralph Lauren- a little fizz, a lot of clothes and a hob nob with divas, dappers and other creatives is the perfect end to another beautiful day in London.

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Outfit Details

Pyjamas- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley @ M&S

Running Crop top and Pants- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley @ M&S

Trainers- New Balance

Day Dress- Vintage Dior

Shoes- Rupert Sanderson

Evening Dress- Flamingo Vintage, L.A

Photography courtesy of H. Milton

 

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Tyne O’ Connell is a Mayfair based author of 13 International bestselling novels. She often writes about lawyers, toffs, princes, Mayfair, sex and Hollywood whilst her latest book is set in the world of Mayfair Eccentrics.

Tyne is a triple threat. Not only is she a talented novelist and Mayfair Historian, but she is also impeccably elegant whilst she was recently awarded Eccentric Thinker of The Year by the Eccentrics Club (patron HRH Prince Philip).

I caught up with her over a sumptious afternoon tea to talk dandizettes, salonnieres and what it’s really like to be on best friend terms with Scott’s…
On Mayfair
I adore Mayfair and St James. Some of the most wonderful places are Claridges, Fortnum’s, Scott’s and The Wolseley (who incidentally do a fabulous Steak Tartare and Battenberg).
At Claridges, you can wear your pyjamas and take a darling tea providing you dress appropriately. The trick is to wear the finest silk, sling a fox fur over your shoulder, wear a large pair of Audrey Hepburn shades and of course your best tiara.
When I lived on Mount Street my children found it hilarious that I would go off to meet a girlfriend and have to climb over the garden fence to get back in. They would have to get a ladder to help me, but I wasn’t drunk- just lost in Mayfair.
Another favourite thing to do was to chat to local old ladies. We would tie Battenberg onto string and let it drop out of the window, enticing them upstairs so we could find out all of their brilliant old lady stories!
There are lots of secrets held in Mayfair. I’ve seen corpses on the street and people disappear, all with no police investigation. My next book will be set around this murder mystery theme.

On Tiaras
Tiaras are one of the many perks of being a married woman. When I was a young girl, I was excited to be married so I could wear a variation. Quite a lot of my tiaras are Georgian, Victorian, Regency or from the French Empire period. They include Rose cut diamonds, pearls and sapphires. It is always best to keep a spare tiara in your handbag as you never know when you’ll need it. Then you can simply slip it on at a moment’s notice and your ready for your close up…
On Tea
Tea should always be served in fine porcelain. When my children were at Oxford I immediately furnished them with a set of fine bone china tea sets- serving it in anything else simply won’t do. Just because it’s a cup and saucer doesn’t mean it’s a set, otherwise you are serving a completely different drink…

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On Being Best Friends With Scott’s
Living so close to Scott’s was an attribute. I became on such good terms with the owners and waiters and they do the most fantastic oysters! If I was busy writing at home, I could simply drop a bucket down and they would happily fill it for me with their finest selection.

On Her New Book The Mayfair Eccentrics
This is my first foray into none fiction and I became immersed in the history of Mayfair and St. James when I found out the land was owned by Mary Davies, who in 1665 when her father died, became the heiress to 100 acres of land. This book covers the eccentric woman and forward-thinking gentleman, from 1660 to the present day and the many secrets and history that Mayfair beholds. Some of my inspirations include Catherine Braganza, Duchess of Newcastle, Elizabeth Wilbraham as well as more recent ones Edith Sitwell and Evelyn Waugh, who wanted to pursue art, literature and tea salons.
The Mayfair Eccentrics will be released in late 2016

The French call such a figure a femme fatale. In more modern times she is known for her destructive illusion…

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I can afford a blemish on my character, but not on my clothes.

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She’s a saint with the lips of a sinner,

She’s an angel with a devilish kiss.

Maybe she loved mysteries so much she became one.

Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and work like a boss.

All jewellery by Butler and Wilson

Photography courtesy of H. Milton

The beginning of a new year is always exciting. A clean slate. Time to start over, work on new dreams and be inspired again.

Below are some of my favourite January items in one of my favourite areas Holland Park, W11.

So ignore the chill, dust off your finery, polish your best shoes and live life like it’s a catwalk.

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It’s the start of a new year. A new beginning. Everything will change.

-Mae West

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You will open the book. It’s page are blank. The book is called Opportunity.

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself

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Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

-Paulo Coelho

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I want it all- and I would like it delivered!

-Bette Midler

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Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.

-Marilyn Monroe

Shoes @rupertsanderson

Glasses @miumiu

Coat @zara

Dress @flamingovintage L.A

1940’s Hat @MGM L.A

Photography courtesy of H. Milton