TOMOÉ HILL / Local Hero

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If you had 24 hours to re-discover the city, what would you eat, see drink and do?

I’d spend it in bed, like a complete decadent, at Blakes (the Library Suite, naturally) with limitless champagne, books, and Lebanese takeaway from The Cedar in Maida Vale. But if I didn’t win the lottery, then I’d make sure I went to Brown’s Hotel for afternoon tea, Sir John Soane’s museum, browse the used bookshops on Charing Cross road, and then walk the streets all night for the atmosphere.

What's your favourite place in the city for an aimless walk?

The streets in the very late hours – London is at its most intimate then. But if I want something idyllic, then I walk around the small hidden garden near Kenwood House.

What’s a tourist cliché that visitors should battle the crowds for?

The Tower of London. I still look at it through the eyes of my younger self and am always impressed.

Where would you point us to if we wanted to buy a hat?

Be creative – buy something plain from one of the big shops like John Lewis, then do the fun bit: go to VV Rouleaux and buy fantastic ribbons and trimmings!

What's your favourite bookstore?

Keith Fawkes in Hampstead. It’s a tiny second-hand bookshop that I never walk away empty-handed from.

Name a tourist cliché visitors should battle the crowds for.

The Tower of London. I still look at it through the eyes of my younger self, and am always impressed.

Help us create a soundtrack for our weekends.

Morning: The Rakes – Trouble, The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

Afternoon: PJ Harvey – This is Love, Sugar - The Act We Act

Evening: The Dub Pistols – Rapture (feat. Terry Hall), Underworld – Cups (Salt City Orchestra remix).

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