What baffles me about London is the number of options for late-night dining.

As a chef, it baffles and excites me in equal measure. Good, bad or ugly, there’s never a time or place where you’re more than 10 minutes away from something to eat – it’s the most accessible place in the world.

London’s best-kept secret is the view from Waterloo Bridge at night.
Well, it might not be the best-kept secret, but when the lights from the National Theatre illuminate the sky, it’s the best view of London.

When I want to chill out I walk my dog, Winston, in Greenwich Park then go for a coffee at [French bakery and cafe] Boulangerie Jade in Blackheath.

The most interesting person I’ve met is either Geddy Lee, who’s the guitarist for Canadian rock band Rush, in Covent Garden, or the first chef I ever cooked for, Michel Roux Jnr.

My favourite place for a drink is Seven Park Place at the St James’s Hotel next to Green Park. They mix a mean cocktail.

For when you’re hungover in London you can’t beat a warm salt beef bagel from Beigel Bake on Brick Lane.

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What gets me up in the morning is my alarm clock, and thinking of lunch service at The White Swan.

My perfect weekend is any uninterrupted weekend I can spend with my wife. It would preferably include dinner at Magdalen in London Bridge, whose potted crab is a simple but delicious indulgence.

The last naughty thing I did was stay out too late recently on a Friday, on a boys’ night out with some chef friends – far too much whiskey was consumed!

The biggest faux-pas I’ve made is pressing the open/close buttons on the Tube. It is a classic London tourist mistake, but one I always made when I first came here from Tasmania.

Five words that sum up London … The only place to live.

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