Simon Burnett was born and grew up in south west London and is a customer of Walton Street Jeroboams, as well as being an occasional host in the cellar. He has worked as a freelance copywriter at many advertising agencies in the Kensington, Knightsbridge and Belgravia areas and over the years has DJed at numerous venues in west London and the West End.
What are your favourite spots in the Knightsbridge/Belgravia area? I’m a member of the V&A and love discovering new rooms there. I recently went up to the sixth floor to and felt like I was seeing a hidden part of the museum – and the views were amazing. I love a long lunch at the Enterprise on Walton St on a sunny afternoon and I enjoy the brilliant atmosphere of the Elizabeth Street summer fair.
Positive changes other the years? It’s still pretty grand around here but the area feels more cosmopolitan these days, especially during the summer when the supercars arrive. It’s good to see pubs like the Hour Glass staying as proper London haunts. And I’m pleased local faves like Bibendum have stayed put.
Favourite spots in London in general? I love finding things in unexpected places – like a great wine bar in Bethnal Green or a pop-up bar disguised as a house in Notting Hill. And a walk in Hyde Park is always a winner.
Any favourite London memories? My earliest memory is of the 1977 Jubilee when my dad made me a Sex Pistols-style Union Jack to wave at the Queen as she rode through the Mall in her carriage.