With her latest swimwear collection hitting the shelves, British icon Elizabeth Hurley tells us about London life with son Damian
Where do you live in London?
I live in south west London, on a street lined with beautiful cherry trees.
As a London mum, where are your favourite places to take your son Damian for a treat?
We play at the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens or stare in horror at the dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum.
And when you’re treating yourself?
I can often be found at Harrods, lurking with their personal shoppers.
Where do you keep meaning to go?
I’ve never quite made the Tate Modern.
When you escape London?
I go to my country home in Gloucestershire.
How did Elizabeth Hurley Beach begin?
I decided to venture into beachwear not only because I’ve always been obsessed with holiday clothes, but also because it’s an area where women, regardless of shape or size, can either look amazing or get it wrong. I wanted to come up with a resort collection which would make a woman feel fabulously sexy at any age.
What was the inspiration behind extending your collection to include a line for girls?
I love little girls looking both sweet and cool. Most girls love pink, so I try to find prints and designs that make girls feel special, without looking naff. Many little girls love animal prints too and our pink cheetah print is a big hit.
As a child, what did you love wearing?
My mother used to dress me and my sister identically, but one of us would be in pink and one in blue. It was the early 70s and children still dressed in very short skirts, socks and t-bar shoes. We had zip up terry cloth robes with pom poms which my mum made and I have nearly identical ones in my collection.
Do you have a favourite piece?
I love the ladies aqua snake kaftan and the girls pink heart print.
Are you a beach girl or a poolside lover?
I love the beach, but I only stay in the sun for a few minutes as I get too hot. I usually tend to set up camp under a shady palm tree.
What is the most important thing to you when you’re creating a new design for your collection?
I have to like it. Sometimes people urge me to include things that I personally can’t stand because they’re trendy and they think they’ll sell, but I just can’t.
What are your thoughts on the current mini-me trend?
I love it. It’s a bit cheesy but I know if I had a little girl I’d be very tempted.
Have you any plans to launch a London boutique?
I would love my very own boutique. Fingers crossed for next year.
As you model your own designs – where in London keeps you fit and healthy?
I recently joined Grace Belgravia, a gorgeous health club which is ladies-only. I’ve been doing Pilates classes there and I think they’re brilliant.
What is your beauty secret?
I’ve used Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair for years and I’d be lost without it. I also love their Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara and pale pink lip glosses. Tom Ford does a wonderful bronzer and I love all Origins hair care as they smell divine.
With so much going on – filming, your business, charity work and family – how do you fit everything in?
It’s true that I have many balls in the air but so does almost every mum I meet. I’m lucky that my son adores being on my film sets. Occasionally I have enough of everyone and everything and I go and camp in my shepherd’s hut without my phone to get a few hours peace.
On an evening in, what would you be getting up to?
I sink into a bath with a Jo Malone bath oil, a glass of wine and a good book. Heaven…
Finally, what are your three hot tips for London days out with a young child?
We have the best parks in the world so definitely a huge walk; a theatre visit, and the Disney Café at Harrods – my guilty secret.