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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.