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It's difficult separating work from my social life, because I have to check out heaps of places for my show. As far as clubs go, Monday night at Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1 (071-287 2715) is unmissable. It's called 'That's How It Is', and essentially they play jazz. It's quite a small place, but intimate and very friendly.

I used to love The Institute of Dubology at The Vox, sadly it's closed now but they used to play roots reggae and dub. I know it has become very trendy now, but the Dub Club at The Dome, 178 Junction Rd, N19 (071-281 2195) on Thursdays is good. Jah Shaka at The Rocket, Holloway Rd, N7 (071-700 2421) is unmissable. It usually happens on the last Friday in the month. Shaka is a bit of a legend. The sort of music he plays is timeless, it doesn't matter what mood you are in, you can't help but be carried off by it. It's an excellent vibe with a huge cross-section of people - not really your typical club crowd.

I like Megatripolis at Heaven, Villiers St, WC2 (071-839 5210). It's like the Glastonbury Festival in a club. Fresh 'n' Funky at Club Iceni, 11 Whitehorse St, W1 (071-495 5333) is really into jungle at the moment. My two favourite restaurants are Cotton's Rum Shop and Bar, 55 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 (071-482 1096). It's West Indian, and has a very homely vibe. Since I hardly ever get the chance to cook for myself, this place is like a home from home.

Casale Franco, 134 Upper St, N1 (071-226 8994) in Islington has to be the best Italian restaurant in London. The decor and the staff are first class and the food is just amazing.

Wendy Douglas presents the magazine show 'The Word', 6.45pm, nightly on Kiss 100 FM

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