MY LONDON LIFE - Robert French

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01 Name

Robert French

02 Job title

Office head, Knight Frank, Clapham Old Town.

03 Where do you live?

St Margarets, Richmond, with my wife 
Nicola and daughters Nora and Iris.

04 How long have you been in London?

I’ve lived in west London all my life, having been born and raised in Chiswick.

05 Preferred mode of transport

Unless I’m going to the golf course, it’s two wheels. I commute on a Triumph and use 
a scooter for my appointments throughout the week. The French family has a rich motorcycle history: my grandfather and great-uncle raced Sidecar Grasstrack in the Fifties and were crowned British Champions in 1959.

06 Favourite London view

The view from the top of Richmond Hill down towards Petersham is spectacular. My wife and I had champagne there with family and friends after our wedding, so it holds special memories.

07 Ideal weekend in London

Saturday would be a trip to the market - I’m 
a very keen cook and love the market culture when sourcing ingredients. Venn Street, Borough and Spitalfields are my favorites. Then an afternoon cooking and spending time with my family. Sunday: on the golf course, followed by Sunday lunch and 
a glass of red wine in front of the TV.

08 Favourite restaurant

With two young children, we don’t go out to dinner as often as we used to! My wife and I had the idea to eat at one top restaurant a year and review them among ourselves. Top of the list currently is Trinity in Clapham or Le Gavroche in Mayfair.

09 I’ve always meant to…

Spend a day seeing the traditional tourist attractions. As a Londoner, these things are so often lost or forgotten. We recently went to the London Eye and then spent the afternoon on the South Bank, and it reminds you how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful, vibrant city.

10 The best thing about my patch

The river, and a few of the pubs along it! Throughout the seasons, the river offers something different, whether it’s boat trips in the Summer or feeding the ducks on a windy Autumnal afternoon. There’s always something to draw you in.
See page 22 of this week’s MoveTo London.