Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Your New Best Friend; Rich City - Lady Cosima Somerset Spoils Her Clients with the Best Seats, the Perfect Holiday and Beauty Treats

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Your New Best Friend; Rich City - Lady Cosima Somerset Spoils Her Clients with the Best Seats, the Perfect Holiday and Beauty Treats

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Byline: CAROLINE PHILLIPS

SECOND IN OUR SERIES - THE FIXERS

SHE will fire your cook in Portuguese and arrange for your shoes to

be put into boxes with Polaroid shots of them on the outside; help you buy, decorate and let your houses; try to get your daughter into Francis Holland, organise dinner for three or 300, personally scrutinise your Bahamas holiday home or fly masseurs to meet you in Cannes and return in your private jet.

Meet Lady Cosima Somerset - Cozzy to her buddies and clients - director of Concierge London. She has blonde hair (colour by Sejours, cut by Robert Casson) and is wearing natural makeup ("Trish McEvoy, at Harvey Nichols, is the best - I always go there before a party," says Cosima) and sexy Jimmy Choo boots with Agnes B clothes.

Aged 43, she has a great body, ("Tim Bean, who charges [pounds sterling]5,000 for a 12-week programme, changes your shape,") and may have sought the services of Dr Elizabeth Dancey ("Britain's leading dermatologist - amazing skin prick nutrition treatments") and Yannis Alexandrides ("tops for laser treatments for the skin and botox"). She is also sweet, professional and funny.

Her clients range from her aunt, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, to Jemima Khan, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Mark Birley and Tamara Mellon. Let's have some gossip, then. "No way!" But she knows everybody, doesn't she? "No," laughs Cosima, daughter of the Marquess of Londonderry and former wife of Cosmo Fry and Lord John Somerset. "But I certainly intend to."

Concierge London membership costs [pounds sterling]4,000 plus VAT a year. For this, clients get two free requests (up to an hour's work) a month. "We'll research a hotel in Barbados or buy something for you."

Services thereafter cost [pounds sterling]30 an hour, charged in quarter-hour slots - so, booking a restaurant costs [pounds sterling]7.50.

Relocating people and organising parties is their forte; the most frequent request is for hiring and firing, though catering is high on the list - "We use Organic Express. …

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