MY PERFECT DAY
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.