MY PERFECT DAY
Jane Beese, Head of Contemporary Music at the Southbank Centre, shares her favourite spots in the city.
What can we look forward to at the Southbank?
I’m preparing for the autumn season, which includes shows from Underworld, Jon Hopkins, Joan Baez and Ray Davies. I’m also working on next year’s Meltdown which I’m really excited about.
Where do you like to shop?
I like to hang out locally where I live. There are fantastic vintage shops on Brick Lane, and Broadway Market in Hackney is great. I also like fishing around in Soho, Covent Garden and Carnaby Street at the weekend. Berwick Street is a fun place to end up on a Saturday.
What would be your perfect breakfast?
I’m very lucky to live quite close to Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, where there’s a fantastic café and delicatessen called Franze & Evans. The food is amazing. There’s a great selection of fresh salads. It’s very inventive.
What are your favourite green spaces?
I love Hyde Park − it has so much character and I’ve been to some great concerts there over the past few years. On a sunny day, though, I’d head for beautiful Victoria Park.
What museums and galleries would you choose to visit?
I like The Photographers’ Gallery in Ramillies Street, and the Geffrye Museum (above) − which is a study of different interiors through the centuries − is fascinating. I’m also fond of the Museum Of Childhood in Bethnal Green, which I think is more for adults than it is for kids − it brings back a lot of memories of the toys we played with when we were young.
What exhibitions would you want to see?
I really want to catch the Henri Matisse exhibition of his cut-outs (left) at Tate Modern before it finishes next month.
Would you do anything extravagant?
I’d hire a boat and sail up and down the Thames all day with a bunch of friends. London is such a different city when you see it from the river.
What makes London stand out from the rest of the world?
Culturally, I think it’s one of the richest cities in the world. I love New York, but London is even more diverse and vibrant.
Would you stop for tea?
Of course! The Wolseley is fantastic for tea (right).
Where do you like to eat?
I love an Italian place called La Barca on Lower Marsh, near Waterloo Station. But if I’m closer to home, I eat at Chaat on Redchurch Street, and Brawn on Columbia Road. My absolute favourite place, though, is J. Sheekey, the classic fish restaurant in Covent Garden (right). I would definitely go with my husband.
Tell us your favourite place to have a drink.
I love The Three Kings in Clerkenwell, but if you want a proper old-school pub, then the Lamb & Flag in Covent Garden is well worth a visit. The Carpenter’s Arms in Bethnal Green (below) is lovely, too. It does great food, from mussels to burgers.
How do you prefer to travel?
If it’s possible and if I’ve got time, I prefer to stay overground, so I usually travel by bus. You can watch the world go by that way.
What would be your perfect evening’s entertainment?
If I’m not working, I enjoy going to hear live music. I like the Brixton Academy, but there are some newer venues that have opened up in the East End that are well worth a visit.
Where in the city would you choose to spend the night?
I’d stay in the fishing boat on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. It’s an art project and you can rent a room there if you go online and you’re lucky.
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