My favourite haunts around the world featured in the Daily Telegraph
My favourite haunts around the world in The Daily Telegraph.
Best known for partnering Annie Lennox in pop-rock band The Eurythmics, the English musician has sold more than 100 million albums, and won numerous Golden Globe and Grammy awards. He is also an author, director, film-maker, photographer, philanthropist and hotelier, who co-owns The Hospital Club , a private members’ club in Covent Garden, with Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft.
The club, which opened 15 bedrooms in January, is described by Stewart as a “talent brothel: a high-tech place where people from film and theatre, TV and music can work, be creative, and perhaps have a martini and something to eat, and then sleep”. He talks here about how travel has influenced his life.
1. Jamaica is a place where I always feel inspired, which is why I have built a house there, in the hills, far from tourists. I particularly love being there at night, when it’s still warm outside, and all you can hear are the sounds of crickets, the waterfall in the garden and a low thud of music from the village.
2. Travelling to me as a kid in Sunderland meant going two streets, from Barnard Street to Cleveland Road where the sweet shop was. Then my dad got a car: a Morris Minor, registration WVK417, gun-metal grey with red leather seats. It was a phenomenon. We’d drive to Scotland, usually Dumfriesshire, and stop at Gretna Green, and Moffatt to buy toffee.
3. One of the happiest periods of my life was in Paris as a young man. I had a tiny apartment and, although I had to climb seven flights of stairs to get to it, it was between Montparnasse and St Germain, just above a fantastic boulangerie. The Eurythmics had become hugely successful, I was free and single, and within walking distance of la Coupole and Café de Flore. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
4. I often stay at the Hotel Fasano in Rio. Everything about it is really cool. I love its modern design, the bar, the terrace overlooking Ipanema Beach and the views over the pool to the mountains. Last time I was there, I heard drummers playing out on the street, so I put a microphone out of the window and sampled them; I used the recording asthe basis for a song called Surrender. It’s got great energy.
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