Design guru John Hitchcox reveals his favourite getaway haunts


Design guru and YOO founder John Hitchcox reveals his favourite getaway haunts

What makes London stand out from the rest of the world?
London is a totally unique city. A 24/7 buzzing metropolis, with skyscrapers sitting alongside historic buildings and leafy green spaces. The skyline has moved rapidly skywards in the past few years with buildings like The Shard, and it’s exciting to see that there are over 200 towers in planning.

What is your favourite part and why?
I lived in Notting Hill for fifteen years, but have recently moved to Maida Vale. I love both areas because they are close to the centre of the city yet have village like atmosphere – it’s the best of both worlds. The proximity to the city also means I can ride my bicycle everywhere.

Best global destination for total chill time?
In the Cotswolds there is a very special residential community, The Lakes. Set amongst six lakes in the idyllic countryside, it’s the ideal place to relax and chill out. You can stroll through meadows and woodlands, have a swim in the lake and then a yoga session as the sun sets. I have never been to a more peaceful place and drive the 90 minutes from London most weekends.

Favourite global hotel/resort for stand out service?
The Mira Moon Hotel in Wanchai, Hong Kong is one of my favourite hotels. Inspired by a Chinese folklore about the Moon Goddess, it’s a magical, welcoming and relaxed space. No request for the friendly staff is too difficult, with the world class Super Giant restaurant serving Spanish-Chinese fusion tapas.  Each room comes with a plethora of thrown in technology to make your stay as easy and fun as possible: a local smartphone with free calls and data and an iPad mini pre-loaded with useful local apps.

London aside which world capital inspires your creativity?
I am very lucky to be able to travel with YOO and all of my trips inspire me in some way, whether it’s the slick glamour of Miami, the cuisine in Lima or the vibrant energy of Mumbai. It’s hard to pin down one city as specific locations inspire in different ways. Designing in 48 cities across 29 different countries, we take into account the cultural and historical influences of project we take on, while designing spaces that free people to live the way they want to live. We think global and design local.

Best holiday memory – where and why?
It would have to be The Lakes! I have so many fantastic memories of spending quality time there with my family and closest friends. Being in the countryside with my loved ones, swimming, fishing and sailing reminds me of the simple joys of my childhood.


Abode Affiliates

  • Dominic McKenzie Architects
  • Edenhurst
  • Crane Resorts
  • Habitat First Group
  • Prestige Architects
  • Lida Cucina
  • Strutt and Parker
  • St Francis Links
  • Unique Home Stays
  • Alleyne Real Estate
  • BDO
  • Worldwide Property
  • Destinology
  • Harry Manning
  • Yoo
  • RDO
  • Chamonix Ski Chalet
  • Smart Living
  • Knight Frank
  • MAS Marbella
  • Alexander James
  • 7Storeys
  • Wall Street Luxury
  • Enigma Yachts Limited
  • Touch Design Group
  • Luxury Italian Living
  • The Hideaways Club
  • Smart Currency Exchange
  • Dimora
  • The Coastal House
  • Moore Stephen
  • CID
  • Monaco Real Estates
  • Dost & Co
  • Gama Property
  • Cornerstone Tax Advisors
  • QTD
  • MG&AG
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Wings
  • St Edward
  • Ultra Villa
  • Cyan International Properties
  • Ibiza Transit Express
  • Pedini London
  • Page Architects
  • London Fractions
  • Isle Blue
  • Jumeirah
  • Rosemont Consulting
  • Panorama
  • Heron Real Estate
  • Worldwide Dream Villas
  • Blevins Franks
  • Oyster Yachts
  • Luxe Caribbean Properties

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