Out & About
Comedian Paul Sinha
Paul Sinha's London
The 2006 if.comeddie award nominee is a Bengali Londoner, a public school-educated GP and one of comedy's rising stars. Here, he continues our series on London locations by revealing some of his favourite places and spaces south of the river...
Sadly, some fine restaurants in Crystal Palace seem to struggle for custom and this wonderful Japanese is one of them. Friendly service, excellent sushi, and outstanding grilled dishes make this place a treat. The locals don't seem to know what they're missing.
(18 Westow Hill SE19/ 0871 0750357)
This is the new kid on the local block in Gipsy Hill, and it's great. Everything you could possible want from a pub - great decor, a wide selection of beers, and the Sunday roasts are exceptional. The garden is a lovely place to waste an afternoon.
(255 Gipsy Road SE27/ 020 8761 9016)
Sinha's choice: Hard-Fi in action
A few years ago I watched the Manics at Wembley Arena and was starkly reminded of how a soulless venue could numb the music of a great band. Brixton Academy is the opposite - a truly electric atmosphere, reasonable bar queues and best of all, the toilets are within a manageable walking distance. Hard-Fi in May were magnificent.
(211 Stockwell Road SW9/ 0870 771 2000)
My alma mater where I spent many moderately happy years. More than that it's architecturally stunning. It's a good place to show off to overseas visitors.
(Dulwich Common SE21/ 020 8693 3601)
The Sunday night quiz is an institution here. It's not the questions or the boisterous Play Your Cards Right finale which brings this night fame, but the mid-session sausage and chips which never fail to hit the spot. The prizes are well above average too.
(211 Lordship Lane, Dulwich SE22/ 020 8299 6591)
CRYSTAL PALACE PARK
Sadly, years of underfunding have reduced the status of this park and no longer can kids be entertained by penguins, flamingoes and tropical monkeys. But this is still an evocative place to take a stroll, feed a surprisingly wide variety of birds, and best of all to admire the chutzpah of the architect who decided to sculpt giant dinosaurs all over the park.
(Thicket Road, Penge SE20)
Paul Sinha is at the Too2Much Cabaret Spectacular with Hattie Hayridge and B Gun on Sunday 15 October. Too2Much, 11 Walkers Court W1, doors from 6pm each Sunday evening. Box office: 08700 600 100
last updated: 29/04/2008 at 17:03
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