How do you start your day?
I wake up around 5.30am and start the day with a cup of strong tea and 10 minutes of reflection and contemplation. I then either go to the gym for a personal training session at Home House, or do some yoga at home. I always start my working day with a breakfast meeting at The Arts Club, Little House, or The Devonshire Club if I have meetings in the City, and sometimes at Colbert on the way to the West End. I find mornings the most productive time of the day and breakfasts are definitely best for important meetings and take up much less time than a lunch.
Leisurely lunch go to?
Right now I have been spending a lot of time at the newly opened Devonshire Club in the City. The restaurant and the food are amazing and make you feel you are in the South of France. If I am in the West End I love Brian Clivaz's other establishment L'Escargot. The food is great and the club lunch amazing value. Also really cozy in the winter. I also love the brasserie at The Arts Club and La Petite Maison. If I am eating at my desk then sushi from Chisou.
Favourite way to pass the time in London?
Running in one of London's amazing parks, in particular Hyde Park and Battersea Park. I love lazy Saturday or Sunday morning with my wife and my kids at the Electric and then mooching around Notting Hill. Although I very rarely get the chance to shop I love spending time in the new men's department at Harvey Nichols. I think it is the best curated men's fashion department in London.
Favourite London landmarks, and why?
London has so many but I love the Shard. It looks amazing on a sunny morning as I am driving over Battersea or Albert Bridge. I also love some of the landmark hotels in London, in particular The Dorchester and the Maybourne hotels, Claridges, The Connaught and The Berkeley. There is also something magical about the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. When I met my wife she was living nearby in Westminster and I loved hearing Big Ben so close by.
Tipple of choice and favourite cocktail hangout?
Vodka Martini with a lemon twist at The Blue Bar at the Berkeley. It has just been renovated and lost none of its original charm. I also love a good bottle of wine at home or in a local restaurant in Battersea, in particular a good Barolo.
Favourite dining destinations, and why?
There are so many in London…in addition to the Devonshire Club, L'Escargot, Arts Club and La Petite Maison, I love Gymkhana, Zuma, the original The Ivy and Scott´s. A friend also recently took me to Dishoom in St Pancreas which I thought was fantastic. I am super excited about the opening of Aquavit London.
Final stop for a nightcap, and why?
The Arts Club, Little House or The Blue Bar.
Rest hangover remedy?
Avocado and poached egg on toast at Little House and if its really bad a bloody mary there too.
Where next on your travels?
So far this summer I have been to Detroit, Marbella and Madeira. The only other holidays I have booked now this summer are Aldeburgh which I do every year with my family, if you have never been check it out its amazing like stepping back in time, and then a few days at Soho Farm House. My next trips abroad will be dictated by Surf Air the amazing membership airline which launches in Europe in October, I am fed up with airlines and airport security and queues. I have also just booked a trip to Palm Springs for Desert Trip for a good friend's 50th. Again looking forward to using Surf Air's Californian service there.
Marcus, an experienced corporate adviser, entrepreneur and investor and began his career in private banking and wealth management, initially in sales and marketing and later as an investment analyst, at private merchant bank Duncan Lawrie. He moved to Sigma Technology Management where he invested in the TMT sector; became founding Director of Sales & Marketing of Home House; and then co-founded Edison Interactive Group, the owner of TV production company Done & Dusted, online broadcasting network Swtich2 and sports ecommerce site Kitbag. He is also a former director of The Arts Club and Pulse Films.
Marcus is a Partner in Ironbridge Capital Partners LLP, a regulated corporate advisory business and a director, advisor and investor in several media, technology and property companies