WHERE IN LONDON DO YOU LIVE AND/OR WORK?
I live in Clapham and work in Mayfair. I love the mix as I feel like I can be in two very different areas of London within 20 minutes.
WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF LONDON?
My earliest memory was a good old-fashioned touristy day out. I was brought up in Hampshire so I remember coming up on the train (an excitement in itself), going on a double decker open top bus and stopping off at all the key places. I remember being gutted when going to Buckingham Palace as I was convinced I would be able to meet the Queen.
WHAT MAKES LONDON SPECIAL TO YOU?
I remember moving to London when I was 22, post-university. For the first time in my life, all of my friends lived in the same city and I could get on a tube or bus and see practically anyone 20 minutes later. There is literally something going on 24/7, whether it’s sports, arts, nightlife or good food. I would probably say my happiest memories to date have been in London.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE LONDON IN THREE WORDS?
Vibrant, exciting, good food!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES IN THE CITY OF LONDON?
Leadenhall Market is the second most special part of the City in my opinion (after The Royal Exchange, of course). It has so much history and it’s constantly full of life and buzz. There are two old-school pubs that have masses of character: The New Moon and The Lamb; 14 Hills is an amazing bar that overlooks the City and has a rooftop terrace, which is a hidden gem. I’ve also done yoga there, which was epic.
WHAT’S YOUR USUAL MORNING ROUTINE?
I would say I am either super active in the morning or super lazy – no in-between. I am either at a spinning class before work with my dad (we can’t work out if it’s sweet or weird that we go spinning together) or my alarm is set 12 minutes before I have to be out the door. I have got the getting ready element down to a fine art. I usually have breakfast and a coffee at my desk at around 9am and am then ready to go.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP A GOOD WORK-LIFE BALANCE?
I always find this question funny as I work for my family business, so it can be a challenge sometimes to switch off as I’ve been essentially brought up in the company and am passionate about it, so my “work” and “life” are very interchangeable.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?
A beautiful watch I inherited from my grandmother when she died. I think of her every time I wear it and it is definitely my most treasured possession.
WHAT PODCASTS CAN YOU RECOMMEND?
I absolutely love podcasts and listen to them all the time. Every morning on my commute I listen to the Global News Podcast (BBC), it’s a nice 30-minute debrief of world affairs. For something a bit more light-hearted, I couldn’t recommend Table Manners more.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
‘Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten’, or ‘You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time’ – these were the sayings of my late grandfather’s, Anthony Wainwright, who was the chairman of Boodles.
Honour Wainwright is in the sixth generation of Wainwrights to work for Boodles, the heritage British jeweller her family has run for over 200 years. She is also the first female family member to work for the family business. The company is renowned for exquisite craftsmanship and dazzling gemstones. Discover more at Boodles at The Royal Exchange.