The Financial Times magazine How to Spend it recently interviewed Bryn Terfel on what happens in his life when he’s not being a singer. Here are some of his favourite things:
Sunningdale Golf Club, 45 minutes from his home in Kensington.
Odette’s in Primrose Hill, run by fellow Welshman Bryn Williams. Beef and lamb especially delicious. To Bibendum in the Fulham Road on a Sunday.
Leeds, “Don’t ask me why!”
Davidoff in St James’s Street, where he likes “smelling and touching the cigars, looking at cutters and lighters – and probably spending quite a lot of money.”
Berry Bros & Rudd, again in St James’s Street: “Undoubtedly one of my favourite London establishments.”
Parris Cues in Church Vale, “a tiny little shop with a snooker table… once Jimmy White and Tony Knowles walked in; I was so excited. They left with about 12 cues each.”
The Book of Mormon. “I’ve seen it three times.”
The Royal Opera House and London Coliseum: “I’m always going to see colleagues and friends sing or dance. Recently I was lucky enough to sit beside my friend Simon Keenlyside as his wife Zenaida Yanowsky danced Manon, which was incredibly special.”
The Wolseley in Piccadilly – “Where the welcome is second to none” – or The Club at The Ivy “if I fancy a cocktail”.
Swimming at the David Lloyd Health Club in Kensington.
The Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall Place. “It’s magnificent and serves great cocktails”.
Atul Kochhar’s Benares in Mayfair. “It’s an extravagant place for a curry, but they are beautifully prepared”. And on the way home, “I’ll have a sneak peek at the Bentleys at Jack Barclay, on Berkeley Square.”
Penderyn Whisky, a Welsh whisky brand: “Beautiful with one block of ice.”
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.