My Perfect Day - Clive Jackson

Urbanologist and founder of private jet charter Victor, shares with U his favourite tips and hangouts, giving U an insight into his 'Perfect Day'.

How do you start your day? Usually with 15 mins of stretch, followed by a high intensity cardio workout or laps in the pool. I am fortunate to have designed a small gym at home with a combination of free weights, machines and an elliptical cross trainer. The setting is idyllic, a quiet area in the pool complex overlooking the river. In the summer months, it’s great doing laps in the pool with the early morning sun dancing through the water; it’s just big enough not to be more turns than strokes. After my early workout I have homemade granola - a mixture of brazil nuts, pecans and almonds, dried fruits, oats and seeds slow-roasted in maple syrup - with Greek yoghurt and blueberries, and then head to the busy Victor HQ in Chelsea.

Leisurely lunch go to? – That’s impossible Monday to Friday, but come the weekend, if the sun is shining, then it’s an al fresco country lunch at Luscombes in the Stonor Valley, just outside Henley. We take Archie, our two-year-old cockapoo, who has learned that being good gets him more treats; and, wow, what treats!? Luscombe’s owner and exec chef (who came from the Leander Rowing Club ) serves Archie wonderful locally-sourced produce, certainly deserving of a Michelin star.

Favourite way to pass the time in London? Strolling along Portobello Road with family and friends, snacking at all those delightful pop-up food stalls where you meet people from all walks of life. Archie leads the way and is constantly stopped for photographs.

Favourite London landmark, and why?  The Bibendum building on the junction of Sloane Avenue and Fulham Road. The Conran Shop there offers two floors of home design temptation, but the star of this iconic building is the Brasserie restaurant and flower shop where you can sit and enjoy fresh seafood and watch the world pass by - it’s been a favourite for over a decade.

Tipple of choice and favourite cocktail hangout? It’s got to be a Brockmans gin & tonic with fresh raspberries and blueberries, served at the Bird Dog - Palo Alto, California’s newest cocktail bar and restaurant.

Favourite dining destinations, and why?  A table by the window at Cecconi's in Mayfair. In the summer you can sit outside and their fresh burrata and grilled octopus with capers is to die for…

Final stop for a nightcap, and why? The Arts Club on Dover Street - it has a rich sense of theatre and history and no matter when you arrive the service and ambience remains consistently good.

Best hangover remedy? Hydrate with a fresh blend of carrot, lemon and ginger juice, and then try 100 sporting clays at EJ Churchill’s Shooting Ground (in Buckinghamshire) to really blow the cobwebs away - your scorecard will tell whether you’ve managed to get on top of things or if it's back to bed!

Where next on your travels? – Port d'Andratx in Mallorca; we have a small house overlooking the port. My family and I go in July to watch La Festividad de la Virgen del Carmen (the patron saint of fishermen) where all the local fishing boats are beautifully decorated and many more parade out of the harbour before a frantic race out to the nearby island of Sa Dragonera and back. All of this happens against a majestic sunset; later, the festivities culminate with a spectacular fireworks display.

Clive Jackson is the founder and CEO of Victor (, innovating global private jet charter through smart technology, booking transparency and tailored customer care.

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