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Com­poser Guy Barker MBE’s hot spots.

GUY BARKER MBE TRUM­PETER AND COM­POSER The jazz trum­peter is also the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor for Jaz­zVoice, the open­ing gala con­cert at the EFG Lon­don Jazz Fes­ti­val. He’s worked with Frank Si­na­tra, Sting and Or­nette Cole­man. Born and raised in Lon­don, he lives in Chiswick

If you’re at home in Lon­don, what time do you wake up?

I wake up around 7.30am, be­cause I start com­pos­ing at 8am and I write all day.

Do you have a favourite place to go to for break­fast?

Moot Bar & Res­tau­rant in Chiswick Busi­ness Cen­tre serves great break­fasts – ev­ery­thing from eggs royale to pain au cho­co­lat.

What are your favourite build­ings?

The Royal Al­bert Hall is a beau­ti­ful and amaz­ing build­ing – in­side you can hear won­der­ful mu­sic, es­pe­cially dur­ing the BBC Proms in sum­mer. I’ve played there many times. The nearby Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic in South Kens­ing­ton, where I stud­ied as a teenager, is also lovely.

If you could visit any mu­seum or gallery, where would you go?

I en­joy go­ing to the Getty Im­ages Gallery, near Ox­ford Cir­cus, which is free to visit. I re­cently saw an ex­hi­bi­tion there on Soho, which is such a fas­ci­nat­ing, vi­brant place.

Which shops do you like?

I pre­fer to go to in­di­vid­ual shops rather than malls, so I might go to Bond Street in the West End or Chiswick High Road.

How do you pre­fer to travel?

I never learnt to drive, so I use the Tube and oc­ca­sion­ally take a cab or the bus.

What is the loveli­est green space in town?

It’s got to be Hyde Park; it’s an amaz­ing space. Ev­ery time I go there I dis­cover some­thing new. I also like to go to Turn­ham Green in Chiswick – it’s just a lit­tle green around the corner from my house. I go there when I need some ideas.

What is your favourite place in the city to en­joy lunch?

I like the dim sum at Hakkasan on Han­way Place and La Trompette on Devon­shire Road in Chiswick. It changes its menu of­ten but the crab tortellini is de­li­cious.

Is there a place in Lon­don that holds a spe­cial mem­ory for you?

The whole of Lon­don in­spires me. Ron­nie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho is very close to my heart; I’m drawn to it. I first went there as a teenager – some­times I’d go ev­ery night and I’d be tired for col­lege the next day. I’d stand at the back and lis­ten to all my idols, hang out with them and talk about mu­sic and they’d look out for me!

How do you like to splash out?

An ex­trav­a­gant evening for me would in­volve great mu­sic and great food, then I would hail a cab – it would be a treat be­cause I could take the Tube in­stead! Hav­ing a good time isn’t all about how much money you spend, though – some of the best restau­rants are rea­son­ably priced. Clip­stone on Clip­stone Street in Fitzrovia serves good-value small plates.

Where in Lon­don do you go for a drink?

I go to the up­stairs bar at Ron­nie Scott’s, which is sep­a­rate from the club.

Where is your favourite place to go for din­ner, and who would be your per­fect din­ing part­ner?

I would go to La Trompette in Chiswick, and I’d take the late com­posers Igor Stravin­sky and Leonard Bern­stein. I’d spend the whole meal ask­ing: ‘How did you do that?’ I’m fas­ci­nated by great com­posers who’ve changed the way we think about mu­sic.

What do you choose to do if you want a night out in Lon­don?

I lis­ten to great mu­sic, re­gard­less of genre. I’d go to a con­cert hall, Ron­nie Scott’s, Pizza Ex­press on Dean Street in Soho or the 606 Club near Chelsea Har­bour.

Where would you love to spend the night?

The pri­vate mem­bers’ bar Home House in Port­man Square, be­hind Selfridges de­part­ment store, has beau­ti­ful rooms, but I’d pre­fer to go home and wake up in my own bed. 11 Nov. South­bank Cen­tre, Royal Fes­ti­val Hall, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 020-7324 1880. www.ef­glon­don­jaz­zfes­ti­val.org.uk

Clock­wise from top left: Royal Al­bert Hall; Guy Barker MBE; Bond Street; Wyn­ton Marsalis at Ron­nie Scott’s; dim sum at Hakkasan

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