Our People: Mr & Mrs Smith

Posted by Drake, May 03, 2012


Blogging about exciting people wouldn't be complete without talking about some of the exciting people who come through our doors; our hotel guests! Meet luxury hotel experts, Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr and Mrs Smith


Drake: Tell us a bit about yourself, where do you hail from / what keeps you busy during the day?

James: I’m a ‘serial entrepreneur,' as I seem to be unemployable. I set up an event-management company in my 20s, promoted nightclubs and owned bars and restaurants before founding Mr & Mrs Smith with Tam. We now have a 100-strong team spread across our three offices in London, New York and Melbourne, as well as a five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter at home, so we're kept pretty busy. And, then there's the traveling, of course…

Tamara: I grew up between Ibiza and Shropshire, then headed to Brazil to launch a new energy drink. After that, I worked in marketing and business development for some major brands and agencies. I left the corporate world in 2002 to head up my own company, the County Register – an exclusive introductions agency – and now I manage the technological side of things at Smith.

D: If someone was to record the soundtrack of your life, who would it be and why?

J: Damon Albarn, as he's covered every type of music I love from Britpoppy Blur to rocky dance with Gorillaz – and he keeps pushing the boundaries. I always look forward to his next experimental side project.

T: Right now, all I'm listening to is Jessie J – my girl crush! Perhaps she's a bit young to curate the soundtrack to my life, but I love her music so for today, it's her.

D: Do you have a favourite Drake memory?

J: It has to be climbing into one of your very comfortable beds after our Canada launch party.

T: Enjoying some much needed comfort food for breakfast in the Corner Café the morning after our party. As with all of your hotel, it’s laced with so much interesting eye candy and quirky graphics. No wonder lots of the locals from the Art and Design District plot up there for coffees and grazing.

D: Other than being at Drake, what's your favourite thing to do in Toronto?

J: Beating my new friend Marcello at ping-pong at SPiN club – the table-tennis phenomenon partly founded by Susan Sarandon – then I took Our Man in Toronto for a victory drink at cool members’ club, Spoke.

T: It’s difficult to choose between the shops and the parks – it's a city that has everything. I especially liked the Distillery District for combining culture, retail and more into a really interesting regenerated area. Also, I guess a day trip to Niagara Falls is a must for a European visitor – next time.

D: If you could invite anyone to a Drake dinner (dead or alive) who would you munch a Drake burger alongside or sip a mojito with?

J: I would love to bring Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna back for a chat.

T: Professor Brian Cox – the particle physicist and ex-pop star behind such interesting BBC shows. And he’s not so bad on the eye, either.

Mr and Mrs Smith

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