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Ready-made Sunday: Ben Bailey Smith's favourite west London spots

The Willesden-born actor (aka Doc Brown) on where he likes to hang out at the weekend

Written by
Isabelle Aron

Need some weekend inspiration? We chat to actor, rapper and comedian Ben Bailey Smith, who grew up Willesden, about his favourite places to hang out in west London – from shops to cafés to parks, that’s your weekend sorted.

  • Restaurants
  • Coffeeshops
  • Kensal Rise

I live in Kensal Rise so my Sundays mostly involve loafing around west London. I’d start at Cable Co for a cup of tea and a toastie to take away.

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Then I’d head to the corner of Harrow Road and Ladbroke Grove, nip down to the canal and walk towards Paddington. Once I hit Little Venice, I rest my feet at Rembrandt Gardens, a beautiful and underappreciated canalside park.

  • Shopping
  • Vintage shops
  • Notting Hill

Shop From there I’d walk up towards Westbourne Grove and Notting Hill, stopping at Retro Man to see if there are any secondhand designer bargains – there usually are.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Notting Hill

Then it’s a short walk to The Uxbridge Arms for a pint. It’s cosy, friendly and has a good selection of games for wasting some Sunday hours.

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Holland Park

After that I’d go to Clarendon Cross on Portland Road, one of the most stylish little quadrants in the city. I’d wander around and pretend I live there until I got hungry, then satisfy my appetite at Julie’s with some proper posh grub.

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