BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Matthew Freud stays

BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Matthew Freud stays - For business: Soho House in New York. I loathe New York because it's not home, but Soho House is. You don't hear an American accent when you're there and you don't meet anyone not from Notting Hill, which is where I live. The danger when you travel for business for not very long is to have fun. There is a lot of temptation in Soho House and you have to try hard to resist. I went there with my daughter once - she's two and a half. She didn't sleep on the plane so I tucked her up in bed and went to the bar, where I got on the wrong side of four martinis. I returned at 2.30am. At 2.35 she woke up and stayed up. I'm not sure my clients got their money's worth that day.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

For business: Soho House in New York. I loathe New York because it's not home, but Soho House is. You don't hear an American accent when you're there and you don't meet anyone not from Notting Hill, which is where I live. The danger when you travel for business for not very long is to have fun. There is a lot of temptation in Soho House and you have to try hard to resist. I went there with my daughter once - she's two and a half. She didn't sleep on the plane so I tucked her up in bed and went to the bar, where I got on the wrong side of four martinis. I returned at 2.30am. At 2.35 she woke up and stayed up. I'm not sure my clients got their money's worth that day.

For pleasure: The Ocean Club in the Bahamas - it's beautiful. It has 100 rooms all on the beach and a garden shipped from Versailles. It's the best spa in the world. It is five minutes from Atlantis, a Vegas-style underwater casino. I have five kids, so it's fantastic for them. It's an amazing theme park with sharks, stingrays and a waterslide called the Leap of Death. It was built by Sol Kerzner, a friend. One night when I was having dinner with Sol and his wife, I went off to the casino and won rather a lot of money. I came back and was slightly in two minds to tell them - it was possibly bad form. But my wife, Elisabeth, solved the problem by asking me to buy her a watch, which wiped my winnings out.

Matthew Freud is chairman of Freud Communications.

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