Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - My London - In­ter­view by Di­pal Acharya

The TV pre­sen­ter shops in West­bourne Grove and wants a sleep­over at the Emi­rates

Ear­li­est Lon­don mem­ory? My dad took me to see Arse­nal play Manch­ester Utd at High­bury on 25 April 1972. We stood on the North Bank — it was un­be­liev­ably raw and ex­cit­ing. Most ro­man­tic thing some­one’s done for you? My wife Celia dressed up as Ugly Betty (left) and took me to The Ivy. It was ro­man­tic be­cause I re­alised I still loved her even though she looked hideous. Which Lon­don build­ing would you like to buy? The Pav­il­ion at Lord’s. I’d ban all the ex­ist­ing mem­bers and fill it with all my mates on match days. Who’s your hero? Ian Botham. He works hard, plays hard, raises mil­lions for char­ity and per­son­i­fies the lion­heart, swash­buck­ling, never-sur­ren­der at­ti­tude that makes Bri­tain such a uniquely spe­cial coun­try.

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