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Co­me­dian Ru­fus Hound shares his London hotspots.

What is your per­fect break­fast?

I usu­ally have break­fast be­fore I travel into London. I don’t tend to eat much. If I’m hav­ing break­fast then it’s a cof­fee from Kaf­feine. They have a cou­ple of out­lets now in the West End.

What are your favourite build­ings?

I never go past the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum with­out be­ing com­pletely thrilled. As some­one who doesn’t be­lieve in any tra­di­tional God, I find it bril­liant that Dar­win con­vinced peo­ple we were here as a re­sult of nat­u­ral se­lec­tion – so when they needed a suit­able mag­nif­i­cent build­ing to house what he col­lected, they es­sen­tially built a gothic cathe­dral.

What are your favourite green spaces?

For those with an ad­ven­tur­ous de­meanour, Rich­mond Park or Bushy Park. They’ve got deer!

Where do you like to go shop­ping?

I like shop­ping in east London. A stone’s throw from Liver­pool Street sta­tion, there are pop­ups, in­de­pen­dent shops and Brick Lane. Now I tend to shop in Soho as that’s where I work.

What places in the city in­spire you?

I can never not love London for as long as Water­loo Bridge stands. The view from both sides: the his­toric view of Par­lia­ment, and across it you have the London Eye. You have the un­de­ni­able na­ture, and man’s claim to the land with the ar­chi­tec­ture that rudely pro­trudes. From one lo­ca­tion, you can see a his­tory of the ar­chi­tec­ture of Western civil­i­sa­tion.

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

When I was brought to London as a kid, in my head ‘Covent Gar­den’ meant be­ing in London. When I left school I got a job in an of­fice in the cen­tre of the neigh­bour­hood and thought: ‘I’ve cracked this, I’m a proper grown-up, I work in Covent Gar­den.’ I also did street the­atre here, and now I have chil­dren, they stand and watch street per­form­ers in the same place, telling the same jokes that I told.

How do you pre­fer to travel around?

I am a mo­tor­cy­clist. It’s fun to be on a jour­ney through cen­tral London traf­fic, and get­ting into the gaps on the out­side.

Would you do any­thing ex­trav­a­gant?

I have been to a lot of marches, which al­ways have a point to them. I would shut down Trafal­gar Square, erect a stage and run a rally telling peo­ple to be nicer to each other. Peo­ple want to be nicer, but we are all too scared.

Where do you like to drink?

The Phoenix on Cavendish Square has fine beers, com­edy and bands.

Tell us about The Wind in the Wil­lows.

If you want to tick off London, then see The Wind in the Wil­lows – it’s an English story, by an English play­wright, with English com­posers and a mod­ern Bri­tish cast. We are do­ing a show that is es­sen­tially a big warm hug.

What would be your ideal en­ter­tain­ment?

I saw El­bow re­cently at Ham­mer­smith Apollo and Jerusalem and The Book of Mor­mon in the West End. I also like The Com­edy Store.

Where do you like eat­ing out?

Bob Bob Ri­card just off Beak Street. It was opened as a tes­ti­mony to Rus­sian op­u­lence, at ex­actly the point in 2008 when the econ­omy crashed. It was spec­tac­u­larly mist­imed. It serves a beef broth that comes with raw beef at the bot­tom of a tea cup. It is one of the finest things I’ve put in my mouth. When I go full Oliver Reed, I in­tend on spend­ing thou­sands of pounds in a day here, and leav­ing with dis­eases.

What makes London stand out?

Lon­don­ers! They are both a mix of the most help­ful peo­ple, and peo­ple in a hurry. London stands out be­cause it wel­comes peo­ple from all over the world. In other cities cul­tures get di­vided up, whereas London is a melt­ing pot – what it means to be alive on planet Earth at any time is rep­re­sented in London more than any other city I have ever been to.

Where would you spend the night?

Ha­zlitt’s Ho­tel on Frith Street in Soho. It feels like you are step­ping into the 19th cen­tury.

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Clock­wise from top left: Trafal­gar Square; Ru­fus Hound; Covent Gar­den; Water­loo Bridge; deer in Rich­mond Park

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