di Paul Smith per Luxury24
As I live in the area of Notting Hill Gate I would start my journey there. The problem is that I probably would not cycle for very long as there are lots of places to stop and visit. I'd cycle to Portobello Road where we have the famous street market, especially good on a Friday.
At this point I would be pushing my bicycle or locking it up to look at the antique clothes and various accessories which I find useful for inspiration.
I would probably buy coffee at Mr Christian's in Elgin Crescent and also visit Rough Trade, a record and CD shop which has a very interesting selection of music, especially all the latest releases.
Back on my bike along Westbourne Grove I visit Lacy's picture frame shop where they have an exquisite selection of antique frames and also an interesting selection of Soviet Art.
Now for some cycling…
Off to my shop in Mayfair calling in at Hamiltons Art Gallery at 13 Carlos Place.
This area is changing rapidly with the renovation of the famous Connaught Hotel taking place right now and around the corner in Mount Street, the popular Scott's restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
Cycling now through the famous Berkeley Square next to the amazing Bentley and Rolls Royce car showroom and lots of art galleries. Into Bond Street and then along Cork Street which is full of even more art galleries, my favourites are Waddington Galleries, Browse and Darby and the Mayor Gallery.
On the corner of Cork Street is Cecconi's restaurant which is open all day. Now at my shop at 9 Albemarle Street which does not sell clothes but antique furniture and curiosities, a very interesting shop to visit.
Again, this street is interesting with the famous Marlborough Gallery and many more, plus the very English hotel Browns. On the next street (Dover Street) we have Dover Street Market which is owned by Comme des Garcons and has a selection of various clothes and objects.
Nearby is the great Wolseley restaurant which is open from 7.30am until midnight. This whole area is actually better WITHOUT your bicycle as there is so much to see and you are also near to The Royal Academy and The White Cube Gallery which is in Mason's Yard and represents amongst other artists Damien Hirst.
Also there is a rare bookshop called Sims Reed which has an extraordinary collection of very collectable art, photography and graphic design books.
If you are interested in special wine, Berry Brothers and Rudd (established 1698) is in Saint James's Street. You can then get back on your bicycle and cycle through Piccadilly Circus and through Soho to Covent Garden (The home of the original Paul Smith shop in Floral St). This area has changes enormously over the years and is a lot more commercial than before, but is still full of life and has some superb street entertainment.
My last visit would be to the Sir John Soane's Museum which is a five minute cycle ride away in Lincoln's Inn Fields and is one of my favourite crazy, small museums in the world. If you want a big museum, the British Museum is five more minutes' cycle ride away. After this I am culturally and mentally exhausted and I've still got to ride home!!!!!
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