Why we love London Town: part two

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With London restaurant festival in full swing and with less than one year until the 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games, Londoner Keith Alexander, tells us why he heads to Hampstead and adores the capital’s royal parks

Where are you from?
North west London.

What’s the first thing you do, when you get to London?
Have a decent cup of English breakfast tea.

What is your favourite hangout?
Any of the capital’s green spaces but particularly Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, St Jame’s Park and Holland Park.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Le Garrick in Covent Garden serves fabulous French food, while I am fond of Fortnum & Mason’s afternoon tea. If you fancy a hearty, yet healthy meal, the café cum restaurant at the Triyoga Centre in Primrose Hill is an excellent choice.

What was the last gig you saw in London?
Eric Benet at the Jazz Café in Camden– incredible. Next I am seeing Noah & The Whale, at the Brixton Academy.

What is your earliest London memory?

Getting lost in  China Town (Soho) during Chinese New Year when I was a child – frightening! I also remember seeing a red double decker bus on fire after watching a West End show.

What have you discovered recently in London?
That the underground never works properly at weekend and that you should never rely on the last train on a Friday or Saturday night, actually showing up to take you home!

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?
Abolish all the pointless announcements at underground stations such as “Please take care on the platform, as the surface may be slippery in these adverse weather conditions”. Rain is not adverse, it’s normal for London and I can see that it’s wet!

What is your top tip for tourists?
Hire a scooter or a Boris bike for the day and get out there and explore!

Where would you like to stay?
If money were no object somewhere grand like The Lanesborough or The Dorchester, would be nice.

What is your favourite place for a pint?

The Waterfront Bar at King’s College London: the drinks are cheap and the bar affords fabulous views of the Thames. However on pay day, I like to splurge on mojitos at Floridita and Trader Vics.

What is the most romantic thing that anyone has ever done for you in London?
London’s my back yard, so I’m the one who pulls out the stops in the capital.

What is your guilty London pleasure?

Heading to Hampstead for a cheeky crepe for the stand in the High Street. I always opt for the Hazelnut Crunch Cream or classic Crepe Suzette, mmmmm.

Tell me something I don’t know about London?
It’s at least a couple of degrees warmer than the rest of the south east, because of the microclimate (caused by the smog/pollution).

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