In part two of the DBPR interview, property professional Merton Croisdale-Appleby of Maskells talks about his influences, his favourite London places – and fishing ….
Who do you most admire in business and why?
Sir Richard Branson, he went to my school and on his last day the headmaster told him he would either end up in prison or a millionaire. I think he is a shining light for British entrepreneurs and I admire the diversity of his ventures and the ethos of service behind his brands.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
My father told me, “You can opt out of the rat race at any time, but you can only get into it at the start of your career.” Hence, not landscape design just yet!
Which are your five favourite London streets or squares and why?
- Carlyle Square: beautiful houses around a beautiful garden square.
- St Leonards Terrace: lovely period houses with incredible views over Burton Court to the Royal Hospital, quintessential Chelsea!
- Markham Square: The east terrace of Markham Square, has lovely long gardens – Markham Square is in the best part of King’s Road, Chelsea.
- Lennox Gardens used to be home to one of England’s finest cricket grounds before it was developed by the Victorians. Beautiful flats and a bit less glitzy than Cadogan Square.
- Moore Street: lovely family houses, a great community built around a flourishing church.
Where would you choose to enjoy your ‘last supper’ in London and best place for cocktails?
On the run – your five best coffee haunts for an expresso and a quick sandwich?
- Jak’s on Walton Street: Maskells is currently selling a period flat in Walton Street £3.7m
- The Pie Man on Chelsea Green
- The Grocer on King’s Road
- Letto on Fulham Road
- Baker & Spice in Chelsea
Your favourite shops in Prime Central London?
I’m a boy so I like it when everything is under one roof:
- Peter Jones on Sloane Square
- The Library in Brompton Cross
- Farlows of Pall Mall
- Purdey of South Audley Street
And your five favourite hotels in Prime Central London?
- The Dorchester: I had my wedding reception there and in my view they offer the best service (with a smile) in town.
- The Ritz because I think the do the best afternoon teas.
- Claridges because I think they have some of the best rooms.
- The Savoy for old time’s sake.
- The Mandarin Oriental as it has a very cool vibe and is handy for most things I want to do.
Your favourite view of the city of London?
I was lucky enough to go to the top of Battersea Power Station before the development started and the view from there over the parts of London, which I know, love and live was spectacular.
If you had to save on item from the crashing waves, what would you save and what luxury would you want on your desert island?
I would save my picnic hamper from the crashing waves and my luxury item would be a fishing rod, that way I could relax and enjoy every day on the island, whilst ensuring I was well fed.