Monday, 15 November 2010

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Buoyed by their success, Hewitt and his partner Ram Nandkishore plan to bring the Polo House to ­London

James Hewitt has his eyes on Mayfair... | Mail Online: "Buoyed by their success, Hewitt and his partner Ram Nandkishore plan to bring the Polo House to ­London and are looking for properties in Mayfair and Chelsea.‘We are also looking at Los Angeles and Dubai. Since I know London so well, it makes sense for me to be doing it there,’ says former cavalry officer Hewitt.He previously invested in a Docklands golf driving range and a riding school before some tacky adventures in reality television and cashing in on his relationship with Diana by selling his memoirs.‘I have made mistakes, of course I have,’ Hewitt tells me.‘I know I said I was quitting Britain, but that was because I felt I was hated there. ‘What I have been struck by is the reaction from our customers, who are predominantly British.They say to me 'Well, we don’t hate you' and 'Why don’t you open a place like this back home?' ’Last year, Hewitt likened himself to a gypsy when he melodramatically told me he had been ‘cast out’ by the world and felt he didn’t belong anywhere.Two years ago, Hewitt sold his Chelsea flat, but is now looking to start again.
A friend of the Life Guards officer — mentioned in ­dispatches in the first Gulf War — says: ‘He took a huge gamble out in Marbella, but against the odds it’s been a success when people said it was mad to open a restaurant at a time of recession. ‘James realises he is not quite ­public enemy number one any more and is coming back not as a loser but as a winner.’"

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