In Conversation with Christina Norton

Christina Norton is the authority on all things luxury – after all, she is the group communications manager for high-end hotels like Claridge’s, The Connaught, The Berkeley and The Maybourne Beverly Hills.

Written by The Sette October 5, 2020

An artist and photography enthusiast, Christina has a BA in jewellery design from Central Saint Martins, but she’s also keen to learn Italian and start a garden – the perfect spot for hosting for al-fresco dinners. For now, we think we’ll spend winter holed up in her idea of a dream home: overlooking the sea, with a huge kitchen and grand piano for her musical husband. Sounds pretty dreamy to us….

Game, sette, match… what game really gets a dinner party started?

Cat Bingo (Magma for Laurence King) – This might be my all-time favourite game, and we always bring it out at the end of a meal, works with all ages, breaks the ice when people don’t know each other and causes much merriment even when played with the best of friends.

Heart sette on… what are you really longing for, no matter how big or small?

A garden, to grow my own flowers and host al fresco dinners with friends and family.

Sette in my ways… what’s your worst habit?

I drink too much coffee.

Sunrise or sunsette… which is your favourite time of day?

I love a beautiful sunset. A sunset reminds me of the importance of time, and how we should all make good use of it. Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said – Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

Ready, sette, go… what have you wanted to do for a while now?

Learn a new language. Specifically Italian.

Sette the record straight… what’s something people might not know about you?

I love to sing but I’m a terrible singer!

Sette teeth on edge… what really annoys you?

Wall marks – I have a melamine foam cleaning sponge in every room.

Sette an example… what do you think would make the world a better place?

Spreading positive energy would be at the top of my list.

Sette the scene… what’s your idea of a dream home, or the perfect gathering?

My dream home would be mid-century modern overlooking the sea (large enough to host friends and family throughout the year) with a large kitchen and waterfront patio surrounded by fruit trees and flowering plants. We’d have a grand piano where my husband could play (I promise I won’t sing!) and fireplaces in every room to snuggle up with a good book sipping hot chocolate during those chillier winter months .

Jet-sette…. where’s your favourite holiday spot and why?

Tuscany for its coast, culture and cuisine.

DJ sette… what are the top five songs on your playlist right now?

Salvador Sboral – Amar pelos Dois
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
Ella Fitzgerald – Misty
Chet Baker – Everything Happens to me