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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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