My five favourite bars... Lynden David Hall

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The 26-year-old singer has been dubbed the future of British soul music. His debut album, Medicine 4 My Pain, won Best Newcomer at the 1998 Mobo Awards, and he is the first British singer to be named Best Male Artist by Blues and Soul magazine. Hall is single and lives in south-west London.

The 26-year-old singer has been dubbed the future of British soul music. His debut album, Medicine 4 My Pain, won Best Newcomer at the 1998 Mobo Awards, and he is the first British singer to be named Best Male Artist by Blues and Soul magazine. Hall is single and lives in south-west London.

1 The Chopper 58-70 York Road, London SW11 (tel: 020 7223 1241)

This traditional pub is tucked away in the streets near Battersea Park, fairly close to where I live. I've been going here since I was little with my dad, who's friendly with the landlord. It's a family place and it serves some great authentic West Indian food. The vibe here is very relaxed and jovial. We were there the night Frank Bruno fought Mike Tyson. The place was jammed right to the brim and despite the outcome of the fight, all I can remember is a sea of smiling faces.

2 Saint 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2 (tel: 020 7240 1551)

The music is definitely one of the most important things I consider when I'm choosing a bar. I can't stand places that belt out really hardcore music all night. That's why I like this place. It has some great R&B and garage nights, and cool DJs spinning the decks. It's got low ceilings and is fairly dark, so it's definitely a night-time rather than a day place. I've got a couple of friends who I tend to come down here with, and we get stuck into their range of good brandies. Brandy is my favourite drink.

3 El Floridito Calle Obispo and Avenida de Belgica, Havana, Cuba

I've just been out in Cuba shooting the video for my new single and I really loved it. The people were so warm and friendly, even though they have very little, and the whole place is full of music. I managed to get to this bar, which is where Ernest Hemingway used to stay. Legend has it that the daiquiri was invented here, and Hemingway customised his own version. It is quite a surreal place - almost stuck in the Fifties but with modern twists. Three guys go round playing the bass, accordion and violin, but they can only play songs from the Forties. Man, it's wild.

4 The View Bar Home, 1 Leicester Square, London WC2 (tel: 020 7909 1111)

I held the launch for my latest album at the View Bar. It's a great spot for a party. There's a big central bar, plus some intimate little booths. Lennox Lewis turned up, and there was a variety of different people who've worked with me. We had West Indian catering - jerk chicken. I celebrated with some brandy. I like the vibe at the View Bar - it's pretty cool and they have some great garage and R&B nights, too.

5 The Atlantic 20 Glasshouse Street, London W1 (tel: 020 7734 4888)

I have some really good memories of this place, which is why I like it. The layout is really dramatic, with a sweeping staircase and huge wooden doors. I first went there for a friend's birthday and it was quite an eventful evening. I had some strange, fruit-based cocktail that I really enjoyed, which was surprising since I'm not normally a cocktail person. I don't go there much nowadays, but it's nice to think back to the days when I did.

Lynden David Hall's new single, "Let's Do it Again", is released on 11 September

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