‘An English Room’: Photos of Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, and More in Their Favorite Rooms

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A room is your refuge, but it can be so much more than just that. Whether it be heavily decorated, with paintings on the walls, or sparse, with just a few pieces of furniture, our rooms are sacred. The ones where we do your best thinking, our best working, or just our best relaxing — those places are more than just simple dwelling spaces to you. The English, maybe more than anybody, care about a good room, and photographer Derry Moore has captured the favorite interiors of a few of the country’s most prominent artists, actors, and other icons in the new book An English Room.

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“This place is an oasis of quiet: a stone’s throw from Charing Cross Road and the theater district on one side, and from Covent Garden on the other.” — Benedict Cumberbatch on the library at the Garrick Club, London.

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“I decided to choose my studio at work, because although I have a lovely room at home full of books, robots, postcards and toys, I spend more time in my studio.” — Paul Smith on his studio, London.

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“I’m a huge nester. I’m never satisfied until I’ve got card, cutlery, glassware, a well-stocked fridge, and so on.” — Stephen Fry on his dressing room at The Apollo Theater, London