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The only club in London that does it for me at the moment is That's How It Is on Mondays at Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1 (071-287 2715). It's always rammed full of real music lovers - the ones into the kind of jazz and hip-hop found on the MoWax label - who will always come out for DJs of the calibre of Gilles Peterson and James Lavelle. There's live music too - people like Guru have played - but it always blends in with the DJs.

A restaurant I constantly return to is Leonardo's, 397 King's Rd, SW10 (071-352 4146). The decor is very plain and simple, the food largely a Spanish / Italian mix, though they also cook beautiful English stuff like pheasant and quail. I love a big bowl of mussels in a cream and garlic sauce as a starter, followed by carpaccio, really thin slices of beef, served with sliced Parmesan, olive oil and a little greenery. You'd only pay about pounds 30-40 a head with wine.

I go to St Paul de Vanne every summer to chill out with my girlfriend and my Powerbook. One of the best restaurants in the world is there, La Colombe D'Or, 06570 St Paul, France (010 33 93 32 80 02). It's posh - they give the impression they don't want people in there - but once you are in, you can dine in jeans. It's part of a hotel in which you can eat surrounded by Picassos and Miros . . . Last time, I ate in the garden under olive and orange trees, next to a Leger sculpture. For classic French cuisine, try the chateaubriand, a cut of meat for two; or maybe the foie gras - only pounds 17. The ambience is relaxed, and you really can have the meal of a lifetime for pounds 50.

Swifty Typografix (ex 'The Face' and 'Arena') can now be seen in 'Straight No Chaser' magazine, monthly, pounds 2.50

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