MY LON­DON

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Jade Ewen, who stars as Princess Jas­mine in the West End mu­si­cal Aladdin, talks about her favourite spots in Lon­don.

When Around would10am at you the wake lat­est. up?I usu­ally wake up but a I lot don’t ear­lier. want It to would waste be the nice day. to lie in, What I quite would­like bagels,be your salmon per­fectand scram­bled break­fast? eggs. What are your favourite build­ings? I like classic build­ings – they are awe-inspiring and de­tailed. I find his­tory re­ally in­ter­est­ing. St Paul’s Cathe­dral is in­cred­i­ble, and I love the Royal Al­bert Hall, too. What mu­se­ums and gal­leries do you love? I loved the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum as a child as there’s so much to see there. Is there a place in Lon­don that holds a spe­cial mem­ory for you? At the mo­ment it is The Na­tional Gallery – we had the press party for Aladdin there. It was so grand! It was the high­light of my ca­reer, and in­spires me to keep go­ing. Where do you like shop­ping? I love Bor­ough Mar­ket. I love the hus­tle and bus­tle, the food and try­ing things. I en­joy Shored­itch for shop­ping – I get hand-crafted pieces of jew­ellery there, which you wouldn’t nor­mally find in tra­di­tional stores. What has been a mem­o­rable pur­chase? A turquoise and sil­ver pen­dant from Shored­itch. It is an or­nate piece. What green spa­ces do you like? I have a lot of fond mem­o­ries of Re­gent’s Park. I did Por­gyandBess there last year at the Open Air The­atre. I got to per­form in that set­ting, and had pic­nics near the lovely lake – it’s beau­ti­ful. What places in the city in­spire you? I spent my child­hood in Plais­tow, east Lon­don, and I have re­cently been re­vis­it­ing this area, which I haven’t been to for years. When I see those places, like my pri­mary school and dance school, I never dreamed I’d be do­ing what I’m do­ing now. How do you pre­fer to travel in the city? I’ve al­ways loved the Tube. I strug­gle sit­ting in a car when there is traf­fic, and buses give me mo­tion sick­ness. I know the Tube like the back of my hand. I’m quite good at all the lines and how to get around fast. Would you do any­thing ex­trav­a­gant? I would go to the Four Sea­sons’ day spa on Park Lane and treat my­self to a mas­sage. Where would you have a drink? I’m not a mas­sive drinker, so I would choose a bar where I can so­cialise with friends. Bar Italia is great. What would be your ideal en­ter­tain­ment? Any­where with live mu­sic. Ron­nie Scott’s is amaz­ing. Where do you like to eat out? I love to eat! The other day I went to Zuma in Knights­bridge for sushi. It was de­li­cious; every­thing I or­dered was good. I also like Wolf­gang Puck at Cut at 45 Park Lane Ho­tel, as they do good steaks and sweet po­tato fries. You are cur­rently star­ring in Aladdin. Tell us about the show. It is the big­gest pro­duc­tion to ever come to the West End. We hold the world record for the most amount of cos­tume changes, too – 108 in two min­utes. We also have eight mil­lion crys­tals in the show! What makes Lon­don stand out from the rest of the world? I’m proud that I’m from Lon­don. There’s just so much to do all the time, so I’m never bored. I’ve been for­tu­nate to travel quite a lot with my work, but I al­ways come back to Lon­don. Peo­ple say they want to live abroad, but the cap­i­tal will al­ways be my num­ber one as I don’t think any­where else in the world beats it. Where would you spend the night? I love the Corinthia Ho­tel. Prince Edward The­atre, Old Comp­ton St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844-482 5151. www.al­addinthe­mu­si­cal.co.uk Clock­wise from top left: Re­gent’s Park; Jade Ewen; Bar Italia; Bor­ough Mar­ket; St Paul’s Cathe­dral; Aladdin

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