Jewellery designer Diane Kordas’ things to do this month

Words by
Sphere Life

7th February 2018

Renowned for the opulent accessories she creates for her eponymous jewellery brand, designer Diane Kordas reveals her top cafés, restaurants and spas in London

Diane Kordas
An Item you want to buy and where?

I’ve been collecting photography for a while and I have my eye on a really fun, colourful image by Guy Bourdin, a French photographer who was the first to create images with narratives. He changed the conventional commercial photography with relentless perfection and humour.


A walk you are looking forward to?

The most beautiful place for walks is at Yeotown, the wellness retreat in Devon. They are challenging yet magical trails with breath-taking views of the coastline.


A new book you want to read?

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari… a brief history of humankind.


Which bars will you be visiting?

I love the Cub Room at the Beaumont Hotel. It’s art deco, a bit dark and sexy... with killer cocktails!


Which cafés?

Farm Girl Café on Portobello. It’s an Australian-influenced café with a healthy and comfortable vibe.


Star hoop earrings
Black Leather Star Chain Choker
Cosmos drop earring
Which new restaurants?

I love the new Isabel’s restaurant in Mayfair by Juan Santa Cruz. It’s the sister restaurant of Casa Cruz and a third sister restaurant in on the way in New York City. The interior is super cool, with an art deco sensibility serving Mediterranean food with an Argentine influence.


Any in-the-know shops you might go to?

The secret appointment-only showroom of Debbie Von Bismarck is an exceptionally, well-curated shopping destination. There you'll find her unique, well-edited gift items from her travels from all over the world. It’s similar to walking into an Aladdin’s cave filled with desirable treasures.


Where you might get a lovely spa treatment done?

The best facials and massages in town are at Alexandra Soveral in Maida Vale. A close friend who writes for Vanity Fair and Vogue gave me a thank-you gift for staying at my home in Mykonos… it was magic! Alexandra’s treatments detox, lift and radiate my skin through her bespoke technique and skin care products. It’s the one appointment I never, ever miss! I feel like I’ve been on holiday when it’s finished.

Diane Kordas Eclipse Ring

Diane Kordas Eclipse Ring

Your favourite hidden spot in London?

I love this small booth behind the bar at the ground floor restaurant at Blakes Hotel. After work on Fridays, I often catch up with my girlfriends as our lives are so busy during the week with work, travel, family etc. They serve delicious cocktails with popcorn.


Which play might you be seeing?

I’m looking forward to seeing Hamilton as it is opening in London very soon.


Your favourite London-based brand (and why)?

This is a tough question! London is very progressive in terms of design; very creative. I love Christopher Kane’s rebellious femininity and Preen’s ultra-flattering dresses, which use a cool sense of colour and pattern.