Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London; Cherie Blair Sings along to Queen and Buys at Burberry

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London; Cherie Blair Sings along to Queen and Buys at Burberry

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Byline: Words by Andy Barker

Home is...

Just behind Marble Arch; we chose the area because of the lovely garden square and so our youngest son wouldn't have to move schools when we left Number 10.

What was the last show you saw in London?

I'm the daughter of two actors, so I've always loved the theatre and I go regularly. But the last show I saw was when I took Leo to see the Queen musical, We Will Rock You. It was tremendous fun and I had a great time singing along.

What advice would you give a tourist?

Walk everywhere. When I came to London in 1972 as an impoverished student I soon discovered that there was no better way to get to know the city than by walking the streets and the parks - and the bonus is it doesn't cost a penny.

Which five London shops do you rely on?

For food, our local Waitrose on Edgware Road and M&S at Marble Arch. For clothes, I've bought them for years from Paddy Campbell's shop off Oxford Street, and Paul Costelloe at House of Fraser. Any time I need a new coat, I go to Burberry.

What's the best meal you've had in London?

A few years ago, at Sri Nam, the Ken Hom restaurant in Canary Wharf. The Peking duck alone is worth the effort of getting there.

What is your earliest London memory?

I first lived in London between the ages of two and three, when my parents had theatrical digs in Stoke Newington. My mother worked from home to make ends meet, packaging sherbet dips, and I can still remember the smell of the sherbet.

What is your life philosophy?

I am definitely a 'glass half-full' rather than 'half-empty' person.

What's on your tombstone?

Never answer the front door in your nightie.

What are you most afraid of?

Losing my sight and not being able to read.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Just one - chocolate.

What would you do as Mayor for the day?

I'd look at some new ways to deal with knife and gun crime, which is such a menace and a waste of lives. Less seriously, I'd finally learn to ride a bike. It's about time and it seems to be a compulsory qualification for the job.

What was the last album you downloaded? …

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