Mike Skin­ner

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The mu­si­cian splashes out on steak at 34

and wants to move into the Shard

Where do you live? Hamp­stead Heath. It is a big blob of green on Google Maps’ satel­lite im­age, which is what drew me in. What was the last play you saw? The Mis­an­thrope with Keira Knight­ley ages ago. We walked out at half-time but that’s be­cause I’m ter­ri­ble at sit­ting still. What’s the first thing you do when you ar­rive back in Lon­don? I walk through the Heath, up Prim­rose Hill (right), through Re­gent’s Park and into town. It’s green the whole way right up to Port­land Place and Ox­ford Cir­cus. What’s your ear­li­est Lon­don memory? I was born in Bar­net so my ear­li­est mem­o­ries are of the outer sub­urbs. I re­mem­ber a lot of im­i­ta­tion KFC places such as Chicken Cot­tage. Do you ever have a re­cur­ring dream? Never. They are al­ways fresh in their weird­ness. What’s your big­gest ex­trav­a­gance? An all- gold Rolex GMT [ Master]. There’s no rea­son to have it in all- gold, un­less you’re a rap­per, which I kind of was. If you could buy any build­ing in Lon­don which would it be? I’ve al­ways wanted to own AIR Stu­dios in Hamp­stead and live in the Shard. What would you do if you were Mayor for the day? I would pri­va­tise all schools but tell them they had to charge the same money then give par­ents the equiv­a­lent money to spend at what­ever school they chose. What are you up to at the mo­ment? Record­ing with a band called Man Like Me. I’ve got a band that I set up with Rob Har­vey called The D.O.T. We post videos at the- dot.net, which keeps me busy. Which Lon­don shops do you rely on? It used to be Foot Locker and now it’s Matches. Time and love change ev­ery­thing. I like Burling­ton Ar­cade

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