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What baffles me about London is why Tube drivers wait just until a signal is about to change from red to make an announcement, even though you’ve been stuck on a train for 10 minutes ... is this a private TfL joke?

When I want to chill out I can usually be found around the rooftop pool at Shoreditch House, a stone’s throw from my cinema but like another world.

The most interesting person I’ve met is Danny Boyle, the man’s a legend. He loves films and always talks so passionately about them. Genesis is his local cinema and he’s our favourite patron.

My favourite place for a drink Hmmm. Well, a Bloody Mary during the day by the pool is always good, or sipping a Bloody Mary on the roof of Century Shaftesbury Avenue in the evening.

For when you’re hungover in London head down to G Kelly’s in Bethnal Green and order up a double pie and one mash for lunch.

What gets me up in the morning? My iPhone alarm at 5.30am playing the song heard just before “the kick” in Inception – Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien sung by Édith Piaf. Reminding me to get up for yoga, urgh!

My perfect weekend would start with lunch on Friday with my brother and cousins which finishes at 2am.

I wouldn’t have a hangover on Saturday, and would play golf in the sun, eat an English breakfast, watch Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button qualify at the top of the grid, swim with the kids, then dinner and a movie with the missus.

Sunday would be lunch with the family, a quick electric skateboard around Victoria Park, then home for a cuppa and a nice relaxing evening watching classic movies on TV.

The last naughty thing I did was jump out of a car to abuse a driver who was having a go at me, then realised I was dressed as the King Of Hearts for a fancy dress ball at the Tower of London, tights and all ... D’oh!

What’s the biggest faux pas you’ve made? Telling a director a film he pitched to me before he made it was “rubbish but good luck”. The director was Danny Boyle and he was flying to Mumbai to make Slumdog Millionare!

Five words that sum up London ... Sunny, rainy, but uber cool.

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Photos: Niko Alajoki

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