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Ro­nan Keat­ing, lead singer of Ir­ish boy­band Boy­zone and now the star of Once the mu­si­cal, shares his favourite spots in the city.

What time would you wake up? At the mo­ment, I wake up about 6.30am to get into the the­atre for re­hearsals for Once, the mu­si­cal I am star­ring in. It’s so ex­cit­ing to have this new chal­lenge − even though morn­ings are dark and cold, I’m jumping out of bed. Share with us where you would have your per­fect break­fast. I love the Grind cof­fee shop in Put­ney. It serves the best cof­fee (left) in London and in­cred­i­ble smashed av­o­cado on sour­dough toast. Would you do any­thing ex­trav­a­gant? I’m not an ex­trav­a­gant per­son, but for work I have been lucky enough to go on a he­li­copter ride over the city. You get a great view from up there, see­ing the city all laid out be­low you. What place is your sanc­tu­ary? I think the kitchen in my home is my place to re­treat. Whether I’m cook­ing din­ner or play­ing the gui­tar, it’s where I feel most re­laxed. Tell us your favourite green spa­ces. Hyde Park (left) is just mag­nif­i­cent. Hav­ing that swathe of green and trees in the mid­dle of the city is won­der­ful and, like ev­ery­where in London, it has an amaz­ing his­tory. Boy­zone played there last sum­mer and it was such a mo­ment for us Ir­ish lads to be in the cen­tre of London play­ing to 45,000 peo­ple. Where do you like to shop? I adore Lib­erty (be­low) and Sel­fridges − for me, they are the best stores. I’m more likely to be in a butcher’s nowa­days than a clothes shop. How do you pre­fer to travel? A motorcycle is the quick­est, but that is best in sum­mer. For work and in win­ter, I have Dave the Rave [his chauf­feur] – he’s al­ways on time! What are your favourite build­ings? I re­cently drove past the Houses Of Par­lia­ment, and just mar­velled at the amaz­ing ar­chi­tec­ture. It is so beau­ti­ful and has such stun­ning de­tail. It’s a joy to look at and an iconic place. What mu­se­ums would you go to visit? I love tak­ing my chil­dren to the Sci­ence Mu­seum (right). It’s so en­ter­tain­ing and is great for chil­dren as well as adults. What I re­ally love is the amount kids can learn while hav­ing fun and ex­plor­ing − it is in­cred­i­ble. Who would you have tea with? I’d have to say that if I’m al­lowed to have a cup of tea with any­one, it would have to be with The Queen. How English is that? Tell us your favourite pubs. A pint of the black stuff with the Boy­zone lads in a London boozer can­not be beaten. I like those places that seem smoky, even though no one smokes in pubs any more.

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