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June 4, 2013

7:00 a.m. > I wake up to a view of Tower Bridge from my London flat, where I spend the working week. It is also United’s headquarters since I bought and renovated the building twenty years ago. The day kicks off with a team breakfast in our U café.

9:00 a.m. > I head up to the boardroom for a movie production meeting for a new hospitality client in the Middle East. We are currently referred for many projects in the region since we designed the W hotel in Qatar two years ago.

1:00 p.m. > Lunch with a journalist to discuss the Dolder Grand in Switzerland. One of the proudest moments of my career was the revival of this iconic hotel, which continues to attract much press interest-in particular since pop singer Rihanna recently stayed with friends and shot the cover of GQ magazine there.

Dolder Grand

3:00 p.m. > I leave the office to pick up my daughter Isabella from school. I use the time in the car to catch up on the phone with my design team on the progress of some work we are doing for the W Barcelona.

             W Hotel Barcelona

5:00 p.m. > I return to the office and ask my PA to book me a flight to Dubai for a progress meeting for the W hotel on the Palm Dubai, another exciting new project we are working on for Starwood.

            W Hotel in Palm Dubai

8:00 p.m. > I head off for dinner and drinks at the Ivy with old friends Bono and the Edge, for whom I designed the Clarence hotel in Dublin. At the end of a great evening it is time to jump in a cab and head off to my other family home in the countryside for the weekend.

The Ivy