Clara Paget has quickly become one of London’s most recognisable faces. But the British actress has been on the move lately, joining Paspaley as their new ambassador on a stunning trip through the Kimberley. Here, we catch up with Clara to find out about the new campaign and discover her top spots to eat, drink and shop in London.
What’s a secret spot that everyone should visit in London?
Well my local park, Clissold Park, has llamas in it! There are lots of parks in London, but it’s these nice little quiet ones that are really special. It’s right next to Stoke Newington High Street.
Do you have a favourite restaurant?
Lemonia in Primrose Hill. It’s Greek. They have these chicken skewers, which are really yummy. It’s so great because it is all family owned and some of the waiters there, I think, are 70 years old! They are so passionate about it. If I’m there with my boyfriend and we order the same thing they’ll go “okay you get the rice and you get the vegetables” and then walk away. They don’t ask you; they tell you.
And what about a bar?
I like Our Black Heart in Camden. It’s a pub.
Where do you like to shop?
One of a Kind on Portobello Road is a great vintage shop. Or actually around my area in Stoke Newington on the weekends they have pop-up markets going on.
So High Soho is an amazing costume shop. When I went to Burning Man [festival] I went there to find unique costumes for that. The theme was Carnival of Mirrors, and I found this disco ball kind of chest piece; it’s amazing, really Madonna. Actually, down that street they have all kinds of weird costume shops. Another place on Portobello isJessie Western, which stocks incredible, authentic western belts and cowboy boots.
What about for a splurge?
I suppose Burberry.
The most luxurious hotel you have ever stayed at?
The Hacienda in Ibiza. Ibiza can be such a crazy party place but this hotel sits up in the hills. It takes ages to get there and it’s really secluded.
What’s the most amazing destination you’ve visited?
Ibiza, it’s our Mecca really. That and Glastonbury.
Did you do Glastonbury this year?
Every year. And Notting Hill Carnival, as well, is definitely one of my yearly spots. When I was 11 years old, my mum told me that I’d never missed a year. Even when I was in her belly, she was there.
Where do you like to go for a quick getaway?
Berlin. I remember the first time I went there, we were in some weird industrial bar and I said to the people “What time does this place close?” and they all started laughing. They said, “It closes when we stop drinking beer!” I thought, ‘I like this place. Berlin is good.’
What do you never go on a trip without?
I have my chain that I wear everyday, which has all different charms on it, including a little Saint Christopher, which my boyfriend gave me five years ago. If I was to lose that I would totally freak out; I take it with me everywhere. And flight socks – I wouldn’t go anywhere without them. If I’m going away to do a shoot or something, you don’t want big swollen ankles! Honestly that is an essential for me.
Any tips for travelling light?
Shoes-wise, definitely bring a pair of trainers. If you’re going to a new place, you’ll want to go and explore and you don’t want sore feet. Also, a good pair of boots. I bring a lot of scarves – especially thin cashmere scarves. They keep you warm but if you’re in a dusty place you can also cover your face. Layers are always good too.
Do you have a secret to avoiding jet lag?
I always try to see the light wherever I am. You can actually get these little lights, which I haven’t got yet but it’s on my list. It’s like a sunlight you bring with you on the plane. I’ve picked that tip up from Mick Jagger.
And lastly, what’s your favourite piece from the Paspaley collection?
There’s this incredible body chain, which I think is so modern with the pearls. You know, especially in England, it’s a very royal thing. I think they’re so accessible and versatile. This kind of thing is so my style; it’s almost a little bit punky.