Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London; Zandra Rhodes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London; Zandra Rhodes

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Byline: CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON

ZANDRA RHODES

The fashion designer loves her roof garden, is a fan of lesserknown museums and yearns for a more car-friendly city

Where do you live and why?

I live in the penthouse above the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey.

I've been there ever since I helped convert the building - a former warehouse. I'm originally from Chatham in Kent.

What was the last play you saw in London?

Well, it was an opera, La Sonnambula (the Sleepwalker), at the Royal Opera House. I really enjoyed it - there was an amazing two-storey set.

Harvey Nicks or Selfridges?

They're as different as chalk and cheese.

I do like Selfridges, though, especially when it had that Sam Taylor-Wood wraparound.

What do you miss most when you're out of London?

Spring blossom and The Archers and Desert Island Discs on Radio 4.

What are your favourite home comforts?

A glamorous bed with Zandra Rhodes sheets. I did a range ages ago for Littlewoods and I've still got them all.

They should ask me to do them again.

What are your extravagances?

The garden on top of the museum belongs to me and at the moment is full of the most wonderful camellias. I also like collecting art. I have a Kate Malone and a chandelier by Andrew Logan.

What is your life philosophy?

To give back what I've received and keep doing collections. I'll work until I drop.

How do you get around town?

During the day I use the Jubilee Line, which is great. At night I drive - it's too busy in the day - the Mayor has narrowed the streets in my area.

What scent do you wear?

On several occasions I've embarked upon starting my own Zandra Rhodes perfume. I still use the remnants of those attempts as my special scent.

The Fashion and Textile Museum is at 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 (020 7403 0222). …

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