Day out

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I would start off with a walk through Regent's Park, because that would give me the impression of being in the countryside, although I'm actually much more at ease when I'm near concrete. Then I'd hop in a cab and go up to Banners, Park Rd, N8 (081-348 2930) to meet my brother for breakfast. It's a trendy bar / cafe playing Cajun music. I'd probably have one of their vegetarian fry-ups, lots of eggs and plantain. From there I'd helicopter over to Knightsbridge, possibly stopping off at Hampstead on the way for clothes and book shopping. Then I'd have a quick whizz round Emporio Armani, Brompton Rd, SW3 (071- 823 8818) and then to Harvey Nicholls, Knightsbridge, SW1 (071-235 5250) on the 5th floor for cocktails, definitely a White Lady (cointreau, gin and lemon juice). If I was still alive after that, I'd go to the V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 (071-938 8500) and look at anything I fancied. I particularly love the Middle Eastern section. Then it gets pretentious: I'd have to be on Waterloo Bridge for sunset, because its the best view in London. After that, the theatre, maybe Dead Funny at the Vaudeville, or an archive film at the NFT, Capra or a Thirties musical. Then one final cab journey up to Stoke Newington, which has two of my favourite restaurants. There's Rasa, Stoke Newington Church St (071-249 0344), a vegetarian Indian. The man who runs it is called Das, one of the nicest waiters around. Or Annas Place, 90 Mildmay Park, N1 (071-249 9379) which is Swedish. They do wonderful puddings. Basically five meals and very little exercise, though I might walk home afterwards.

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