Tom Odell's London

Here are the Brit Award-winning singer-songwriter's favourite spots in the capital

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Even though he was raised in rural Sussex, Tom Odell has adopted London as his home. A classically trained pianist and singer-songwriter, he followed in the footsteps of Adele, Emeli Sandé and Jessie J by winning the Critics' Choice award at the Brit Awards this year, and released his debut album 'Long Way Down' this week. We asked him for his favourite places to eat, drink and hang out in London – here's what he picked…

Restaurant: Bone Daddies

  • Price band: 2/4

‘I recently discovered this restaurant just off Wardour Street in Soho. It does Japanese ramen, which is a clear soup with loads of noodles and chicken and other delicious things. The food at Bone Daddies is incredible – it kind of blew my mind the first time I went there. I would recommend the T22 with cock scratchings: it's not what you're thinking! It's a kind of fried chicken, very more-ish. The spicy pig bones are pretty good too.’

Time Out says: ‘The flavours are bold; the dining room is tightly packed; the staff are friendly – Bone Daddies is a whole lot of fun.’

  1. 30-31 Peter St, W1F 0AT
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Pub: Palm Tree

‘A proper East End boozer, and it's my local! It's a lonely old building that stands just off the Regent's Canal. Walking in, I'm reminded of my grandmother's home: velvet curtains, weird china plates on the walls, and a suitably naff carpet to match. But it's glorious, I love it – and apparently Sinatra used to drink there.’

Time Out says: ‘This is a glorious old East End boozer, albeit one cast adrift in the green acres of Mile End Park.’

  1. 127 Grove Road, E3 5BH
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As well as his top London spots, Tom also let us in on an album and a film he's loving right now…

Album: Treetop Flyers – 'The Mountain Movers'

‘I recently did a show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam – an incredible venue – and under the main stage there is a little venue next to the dressing rooms. There was this band in there, and after my set I decided to check them out, not really knowing anything about them. They blew me away. It's kind of Americana, and it reminded me of The Band or Crosby, Stills and Nash: great songs, great voices, just great music.’

Buy 'The Mountain Movers' here

Film: 'Heartworn Highways'

‘I recently met a country singer, and she told me about this documentary film called 'Heartworn Highways'. It's about these traditional country artists in the ’70s, like Guy Clarke, Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle. There's a scene in the film where Townes Van Zandt sings 'Waiting 'Round to Die', and it's very powerful – enough to make a grown man cry. Watch it and you'll see what I mean.’

Buy 'Heartworn Highways' here


See Tom Odell live in London

Tom Odell

  • Critics choice

This young Chichester singer-songwriter may not be popular with the NME crowd (they hilariously gave his debut album, 'Long Way Down', 0/10) but Odell's delicate, impassioned, piano-led ballads are a hit with the rest of the public, who will undoubtedly remember his dulcet tones from the tearjerking 2014 John Lewis Christmas advert. Now he's on a mission to save the trees of England by touring a bunch of forests, kicking off in Kent's stunning Pinetum.

  1. Bedgebury Pinetum Kent Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, TN17 2SL
  2. Fri Jun 19
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See Tom Odell live in London

Tom Odell

  • Critics choice

This young Chichester singer-songwriter may not be popular with the NME crowd (they hilariously gave his debut album, 'Long Way Down', 0/10) but Odell's delicate, impassioned, piano-led ballads are a hit with the rest of the public, who will undoubtedly remember his dulcet tones from the tearjerking 2014 John Lewis Christmas advert. Now he's on a mission to save the trees of England by touring a bunch of forests, kicking off in Kent's stunning Pinetum.

  1. Bedgebury Pinetum Kent Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, TN17 2SL
  2. Fri Jun 19
Buy tickets

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