Chore­og­ra­pher and ac­tress Ar­lene Phillips shares her Lon­don hotspots.

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What is your per­fect break­fast?

I know it’s odd but I love whole­wheat toast with mar­malade and crispy ba­con. If I go to a café, I have smashed av­o­cado on toast and a dou­ble espresso. I like The Ivy Cafe, a new brasserie near me in St John’s Wood.

What are your favourite build­ings?

I love the ex­te­rior of the Tate Mod­ern, and the beauty and space of its Tur­bine Hall. I love the way it slopes. I haven’t been to its new ex­ten­sion yet; I was due to go on the open­ing night but I got stuck in a traf­fic jam. I’ve taken the Tube ever since!

What are your favourite gal­leries?

I love go­ing to art gal­leries – con­tem­po­rary art is my pas­sion. I like Andy Warhol, David Hock­ney and Roy Licht­en­stein. I also love Tate Bri­tain.

Where do you like to go for lunch?

My favourite place for lunch is Clar­idge’s in May­fair, as it’s so el­e­gant and grand, and it feels ex­clu­sive. I al­ways eat some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery time I go there – usu­ally a new type of salad.

What ar­eas and stores do you like to go shop­ping in?

I love to shop. I like Selfridges on Ox­ford Street, be­cause you can get ev­ery­thing there. I like go­ing to shops that are or­dered, where ev­ery­thing has a place. I’m also a huge fan of Prim­rose Hill Mar­ket on a Satur­day morn­ing. I love that place; it does ir­re­sistible food – the most de­li­cious cup­cakes and dough­nuts.

What is your favourite green space?

I have been go­ing to Hamp­stead Heath for years. I have pho­tos of my daugh­ters, who are 11 years apart, sit­ting in the same tree. I have never swum in the ponds but I have fed the ducks there.

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

The Dance Cen­tre on Flo­ral Street in Covent Gar­den, where I taught. It closed down and it has turned into shops now, but I still stand on that spot ev­ery now and then. Deb­bie Moore was one of my stu­dents and when it closed she said: ‘Don’t worry, ev­ery­one, I’ll open an­other school.’ Then she opened Pineap­ple Dance Stu­dios in an old pineap­ple warehouse back when Covent Gar­den was a fruit mar­ket.

What would you do to treat your­self?

I’d go to the Sanderson ho­tel in Fitzrovia for its Mad Hat­ter’s af­ter­noon tea, which takes you into an Al­ice in Won­der­land fan­tasy world. It also has an early-evening tipsy ver­sion with de­light­ful cock­tails. I’d in­vite all my friends.

What’s your favourite spot for a drink?

I re­ally love Oblix on the 32nd floor of The Shard. The drinks and view are amaz­ing.

Where is your favourite place for din­ner?

I like a good steak – I’d go to Hawksmoor.

Do you like go­ing to the theatre?

I love mu­si­cals and try to see dif­fer­ent ones. I’d also like to see a dance piece by Matthew Bourne such as Sleep­ing Beauty. I’m ex­cited about his new bal­let, The Red Shoes, too.

Do you have a favourite ho­tel?

Yes, I love the Covent Gar­den Ho­tel be­cause it’s cosy, comfy, not too large and in the midst of Theatre­land. It feels like you’re walk­ing into a house of friends as it has an easy feel to it. My New York theatre friends stay there a lot. To 15 Jan. New Wim­ble­don Theatre, 93 The Broad­way, SW 191 Q G. T :0844-871 7646.www.at­gtick­ets.com

Clock­wise from top left: Selfridges; Ar­lene Phillips; Oblix at The Shard; Tur­bine Hall in Tate Mod­ern; The RedShoes; af­ter­noon tea at the Sanderson ho­tel

CHORE­OG­RA­PHER, AC­TRESS AND TV PER­SON­AL­ITY Best known for be­ing a judge on BBC1’s Strictly Come Danc­ing and SoYouThinkYouCanDance?, Ar­lene Phillips is star­ring as Fairy Bow­bells along­side Matthew Kelly in Dick­Whit­ting­ton, a pan­tomime at the New Wim­ble­don Theatre

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