Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GRIFF RHYS JONES My London; the Comedian Likes Junk Office Furniture Shops, Good Espresso Coffee and Eats out Four or Five Times a Day

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GRIFF RHYS JONES My London; the Comedian Likes Junk Office Furniture Shops, Good Espresso Coffee and Eats out Four or Five Times a Day

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Byline: KATE CHURCH

Where do you live and why?

I live in Fitzrovia, which I believe is now called Noho. I grew up in Epping, which was an hour's journey from London, and I've always had a fascination with getting further into the centre.

How long have you lived there?

Five years. I've lived in Camden, West Hampstead and Clerkenwell, but where I am now is best, I think. It's got quite a Parisian feel to it, with lots of cafes, studios and homes mixed together.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Go and do all the things that tourists do, so we don't see you! We would function much better as a town without so many tourists.

What have been your most memorable London meals?

I always eat well at Club Gascon and Claridge's.

One of my most memorable meals was at an Armenian restaurant on Great Portland Street in the Seventies. I popped outside with Rory McGrath and he kicked this ventilation shaft which promptly fell to the ground. It was complete vandalism.

Anyway, there was a police car across the street and Rory got apprehended there and then.

Harvey Nicks or Selfridges?

I'm not really a department-store man. I always find them so dispiriting. If you go to the menswear sections, there are so many designers but all their clothes look the same (usually black).

What do you miss most when you're out of London?

Good coffee. There are parts of Central England and Northern Ireland where the penetration of espresso coffee and healthy food has yet to come.

What are your extravagances?

Eating out. I seem to eat out four or five times a day. Also my boat (which I sailed to Russia in).

It's a swish Fifties chrome Maserati boat.

What would you do if you were Mayor for a day?

I would do something about beggars. Living near Tottenham Court Road, I see far too many aggressive, able-bodied beggars who aren't homeless.

What is your life philosophy?

I haven't found one yet. I'm happy to listen to anybody who has one to offer. …

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