EPONINE MEETS > VANESSA CALTHORPE
WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME?
I live in Hamshire on a farm near the beautiful city of Winchester. I am a freelance journalist, writer, mother of four daughters and grandmother to one darling grandson.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
My hobbies are going to the theatre, travelling, writing, singing, dancing, painting, swimming in the rivers and seas around the world AND I have recently taken up bicycling; the years unfold as I whizz through the country lanes savouring the sights and smells that assail my senses reminding me of the carefree days of my childhood.
DO YOU HAVE ANY LONDON RECOMMENDATIONS?
I do recommend and absoulelty love the V & A museum. My favourite room is indeed the jewellery room which contains the most beautifully curated collection of jewels ranging from ancient Greece to current pieces by Solange Azagury-Partridge.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?
I have a variety of dogs here in the country; an ancient westie age 17 and two labradors, all of whom are wonderful companions travelling around the countryside with me. I often have one of the children's dogs staying which adds to the menagerie of ponies, sheep and chickens; all of whom wander freely around the farm.
WHICH OTHER CITIES DO YOU LOVE?
I lived for a short time in NEW YORK back in the the buzz era. The city will always electrify me. It was 1977 and the time of STUDIO 54 when I was living there, we partied late into the night but now I spend my time at the Metropoltian Museum. The cubism gets my adrenaline pumping and the Leonard A. Lauder collection was one of my favourite recent studies.
DO YOU READ ANY BLOGS OR WEBSITES?
The gorgeous daily is a blog I do love getting all sorts of snippets to enrich my life and inspire my daIly life.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO EAT AND DRINK IN LONDON?
One of my favourite new restaurant is PIDGEN in Hackney. The atmosphere is vibrant, the menu is stress-free and one of my children live close by. It is where we can sit and gossip enjoying the best of foods, adoring the eclectic atmosphere watching the world go on by. Ducksoup in Soho is another favourite, many characters gather here which is good fodder for my next novel in the making.