Get us in your inbox

Search
barrafina dean street

Ready-made Sunday: Dominique Ansel’s favourite West End spots

Cronut creator and Europe’s most famous baker on where he likes to hang out at the weekend

Isabelle Aron
Written by
Isabelle Aron
Advertising

Need to get out of a weekend rut? If you’ve spent too many weekends watching box sets, and want some inspiration for places to explore, we’ve got you covered. Here, we chat to Dominique Ansel about his ideal Sunday in the West End – from shops to cafés to parks, that’s your weekend sorted.

RECOMMENDED: Things to do this weekend

9am: Breakfast
  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Seven Dials

I love the mornings in Covent Garden when you can wander the quiet streets and alleyways. I pop into St John Bakery in Neal’s Yard for a custard-filled doughnut, then grab a cup of coffee at Jacob the Angel just a few steps away.

  • Shopping
  • Bookshops
  • Covent Garden

Stepping into travel bookshop Stanfords transports you from the middle of London to anywhere in the world, just by flicking through the pages of its thousands of books, maps and guides. There’s nothing more inspiring than learning about the world through other cultures and cuisines.

Advertising
1: Tapas and wine
  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Covent Garden

I never miss a chance to go to Barrafina. I grab a seat at the counter and a glass of wine or sherry. I always start off with the pan con tomate – garlic-rubbed toast topped with juicy ripe tomatoes drizzled with fragrant olive oil and white pepper to finish. Perfection.

3pm: Park
  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • Soho

Then I take a stroll through Soho Square Gardens. One of the things I love most about London is all the quiet green squares and little parks you stumble upon, allowing you to have a mini getaway from the busy streets around you.

Advertising
  • Museums
  • History
  • Holborn

Sir John Soane’s Museum is unlike any other museum I’ve been to. You get an amazing insight into British art and architectural history and entering the house is like walking into a time machine. You’ll find incredible relics in every corner.

6pm: Steak and chips
  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Seven Dials
  • price 4 of 4

Hawksmoor is always reliable. The steaks are amazing but the best part is choosing from all the different sides to go with your meat – Tunworth mash, creamed spinach and triple-cooked chips are my favourites. 

Find more things to do in the West End

  • Things to do

London’s West End is the beating heart of central London. It’s the place where shoppers rack up serious debt on Oxford Street, theatre nuts coo over the latest plays and musicals and tourists flock to soak up the delights of Covent Garden and its surroundings.

Recommended
    You may also like
      Best-selling Time Out offers
        Advertising