Let’s meet a Londoner – actor William Wilde, runs Hornets today

Hornets is my favourite tiny shop in London. It’s extremely high-quality, “previously owned” menswear – Savile Row, Jermyn Street, you get the idea. You’ll find it – we find it on my Kensington Walk* – down a tiny, secret little passageway just off Holland Street in Kensington. It’s run by one of my all-time favourite characters in London, the actor (and raconteur) William Wilde (“Bill”). I caught up with Bill – at Hornets of course – on March 24th. With Bill you just hit the Record switch, point the mic at him and sit back and enjoy the ride. Great guy. Great voice. Great (vast) fund of stories. Great fun to hang out with. Heading back to Hornets at walk’s end (at the end of my Kensington Walk) is my reward to myself. Bill and his partner Landy (the Brazilian model Orlando) brew cups of tea and break out tins of biscuits and cushions come out for us to sit on the low wall opposite the shop and we just sit there and natter away. It’s bliss. *And if you’re not in London, no worries – because my Sights & Secrets of Kensington Virtual Tour goes to Hornets, we meet the gang (Bill, Landy, Chris, Mark, etc.). Good time.

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