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Food Scene

Temperley loves the capital's vibrant—and growing—restaurant culture, from the eclectic French restaurant Les Trois Garçons (1 Club Row; 44-20/7613-1924; dinner for two $170), near Shoreditch, to Notting Grill (123A Clarendon Rd., Holland Park; 44-20/7229-1500; dinner for two $115), which has "the best steaks in town." In a place known for its tea, Temperley gets her caffeine fix at Tom's (226 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill; 44-20/7221-8818)— "It's the best coffee in London." The Cow (89 Westbourne Park Rd., Notting Hill; 44-20/7221-5400) is a guaranteed fun evening, especially for quintessentially Irish oysters and Guinness. For sorbet and ice cream, Temperley makes a trip up to North London's Marine Ices (8 Haverstock Hill; 44-20/7482-9000).

Country Pursuits

When she's in need of an escape but can't leave London, Temperley takes long walks along Regent's Canal—a peaceful eight-and-a-half-mile stretch of water that cuts through the heart of the city. She's also a fan of Carshalton Lavender Fields (Carshalton Beeches; 44-20/8404-4880). "They are vast fields of color and scent—and in London, no less," she says.

Art in the City

Having studied at London's most prestigious art schools, Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, Temperley loves to scope out the city's art scene, "although there's never enough time to see everything." When Temperley has a free afternoon, here's where you'll find her:

• Gagosian Gallery (6-24 Britannia St.; 44-20/7841-9960). "It shows amazing British artists like Damien Hirst and Francis Bacon."

• Tate Modern (Bankside; 44-20/7887-8008), which recently had its first rehang since it opened in 2000.

• Hayward Gallery (South Bank Centre, Belvedere Rd.; 44-20/7921-0813), on the south bank of the River Thames.

• Serpentine Gallery (Kensington Gardens; 44-20/7402-6075). "I always wander across Hyde Park and end up here."

For fashion iconoclast Isaac Mizrahi, there's no place like home—New York, that is

I'm as much a part of New York as the rats," says Isaac Mizrahi, the fashion designer, host of the cable TV show Isaac, and unofficial poster boy for Big Apple-induced ADD. "I never wanted to live anywhere else. But I'm in my forties now and starting to think, Are you really going to stay in the same place your entire life?" Probably. Mizrahi has been known to arrive at the airport only to tell his driver to turn around. Besides, he's too much a creature of habit to ever decamp. "I have my dog, my Yankees, my friends. I love the continuity I have in New York. In my dreams, I go to the farmer's market in Union Square and buy micro greens for dinner. But in truth, I eat out at the same places—Benny's Burritos is an important part of my life." Just as he plays limbo with high and low, designing for both Bergdorf's and Target, Mizrahi lives in the West Village and splits his time seamlessly between Uptown and Downtown.

What's In Store

When he's looking for inspiration, Mizrahi heads to Estella (493 Ave. of the Americas; 212/255-3553), a children's clothing store in the West Village. "It sounds totally random, I know, but I adore the incredible color sense. They never get too twee the way they do in other kids' stores—it's very eclectic and sophisticated in an exclusively New York way." Another favorite stop is Penine Hart Antiques & Art (100 Kenmare St.; 212/226-2602). "I love the idea that a shop like this still exists in New York City—the owner doesn't take any of it too seriously. If you were young and just decorating your first apartment, you could go and afford things." When it comes to Mizrahi's shoes, only the best will do, so he heads uptown for custom creations at John Lobb (680 Madison Ave.; 212/888-9797). "Philippe flies in from Paris four times a year to do the fittings."

Brooklyn Bound

Even though he grew up in Brooklyn, Mizrahi rarely ventures outside of Manhattan—except to Klaus von Nichtssagend (438 Union Ave., Brooklyn; 718/383-7309), to see the work of emerging artists. "The gallery feels like the real deal, like there's someone with an actual point of view behind it—even though Klaus von Nichtssagend is a made-up name."


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