Travel Insider: London

Miles Kirby.
Miles Kirby.

Where do chefs in London eat after hours?
Duck and Waffle for a high-end, 24-hour kitchen. Bagel Bake, Brick Lane, for a stumbling, late-night munch before bed.

Where's the best place to see a cool local band?
Columbia Rd Market. Great buskers on a Sunday if you can handle the crowds. Proud gallery, Camden. XOYO Shoreditch, Oslo in Hackney Central, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.

Best place for a bracing walk?
Along the canal to Hackney Wick. At the end of the walk is a brewery with a pizza oven. Enough said.

Best club?
Arsenal? I don't get out much these days.

Where's the 'It' place to see and be seen?
The Chiltern Fire House in Marylebone. Poolside on the roof at Shoreditch House - weather permitting.

Where's the best public place to hide away from it all?
The Tube guarantees absolute anonymity and no special treatment whatsoever.

Where do you get the best view of London?
The penthouse space on the 16th floor of New Zealand House on Haymarket.

Where do you go for a long lunch?
Petersham Nursery.

Where do you go for a great cocktail?
The Bar With No Name, 69 Colebrook Row.

Best place for vintage goodies?
Antiques and vintage market at Spitalfields on a Thursday, Cheshire St, E2, off Brick Lane.

London's best-kept secret?
Rochelle Canteen.

Best gallery?
Tate Modern, White chapel Gallery.

London's Tate Modern hall.
London's Tate Modern hall.


Best place to buy cookbooks?
Books for Cooks, Notting Hill.

What food market has the most unusual ingredients and produce?
Borough Market, Broadway Market on a Saturday.

Best shop to buy vinyl?
Rough Trade.

Best park to take your kids?
Victoria Park, East London.

Miles Kirby, from Wellington, is chef and co-founder of Caravan, at King's Cross and Exmouth Market, and Caravan Coffee Roasters, London.

- Spy.co.nz

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