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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

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Isabelle Aron
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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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Stroll

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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