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LONDON CALLING

Saturday, June 11, 2016
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The glitz and glamour of the Broadway world has been a part of Wendy Federman’s life for as long as she can remember. Born to a family of well-known creatives, she practically grew up in show business and worked her way up to become a star in her own right. The multiple Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award-winning theater and film producer is the CEO of Foolish Mortals Productions, and often finds inspiration from her travels around the world. As for one place in particular that Federman can’t get enough of? “London,” she says. “Where else besides New York can you see five shows in three days, go to fabulous restaurants and enjoy a city full of incredible culture and history?”


Perfect getaway
London inspires me to look for and produce grade-A-quality theatre. Back in my NYC hometown, I am the coproducer on the currently running Broadway shows: An American in Paris, Blackbird, Eclipsed, On Your Feet!, Something Rotten! and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I also have my first film coming out soon, Wakefield, starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. During my last visit to London, I attended the opening night of People Places & Things, a brilliant new play that I am the coproducer of. Besides boasting an excellent theatre scene, the city has an abundance of culture, art, music, dance, design, great food and history.


Shopping scene
If I can break away for a personal treat, the go-to shoe store for outrageously fabulous, glamorous, opening-night-worthy shoes is Gina near Belgrave Square. Both their flats and five-inch heels are hard to resist. The store happens to be close to Harrods, which boasts the ultimate food court as well as any other item you could possibly want or need during your London stay.


Home away from home
I stay at the St. Martins Lane Hotel on the border of the charming Covent Garden, near the National Gallery. Most important for me, it’s within a few blocks of the theatre district. Next door to the hotel is Gymbox, a state-of-the-art workout center, which offers more than 100 classes per week: the perfect antidote to jet lag and a long day of sitting in theatres.


Food baby
My new favorite restaurant is Sexy Fish on Berkeley Square. For a leisurely lunch spot, I love San Lorenzo on Beauchamp Place. My daughter, who often joins me on my London trips and is a dedicated foodie, says some of the best Indian cuisine in the world is on Brick Lane. And my regular standby is the Club at the Ivy, a restaurant that is both open to the public and also has a private club, which is perfect for hosting theater partners and investors pre- and post-theatre (and often a star sighting or two).


Treasure hunting
On Saturdays, I recommend visiting the Portobello Road Market. It is the world’s largest antiques market, located in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. I have brought home many great finds, including a fabulous Victorian mirror that hangs in my powder room.


All packed up
Usually, I take a carry-on suitcase and bring all of my toiletrieswhich are travel-size! I tend to dress in black and white, but bring several bright scarves for color and variety. I’ll pack a workout outfit and a great dress (or two) . . . maybe a Pucci or a Cavalli in a material that that rolls up to make room in my suitcase and guarantees wrinkle-free packing. 


I can’t travel without:
My red Carlos Falchi carry-on bag—it’s accompanied me on every flight for more than 30 years. Yes, I’m superstitious!




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