Tom Odell's London
Here are the Brit Award-winning singer-songwriter's favourite spots in the capital
Wed Jun 26 2013
© Andrew Whitton
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…
- 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.’
- 30-31 Peter St, W1F 0AT
- Price band: 1/4
‘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.’
- 127 Grove Road, E3 5BH
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.’
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.’
Watch the video for 'Grow Old With Me' by Tom Odell
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