Ever wish you were Dido? Yeah, get in line. Ever wish you could be friends with her? Take a number. Ever wish you could get your hands on a list of her favorite places in London, so that you might hang out in them? Go right ahead.
Favorite tea-time retreat: Savoy Hotel (Strand, 020 7836 4343. Tea is served in the Thames Foyer daily 2:30-5:30 p.m., twice Sat. & Sun. 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Dress code is smart casual.), for proper English tea by the river.
Favorite ‘hood: Islington.
Favorite outdoor market: Spitalfields (Commercial Street, between Lamb and Brushfield Streets. General Market is open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Organic Market is open Fri. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Favorite place for trainers: Office Shoes (57 Neal Street, Covent Garden, 020 7379 1896). Duh. Okay, any of the shops on Neal Street in Covent Garden.
Favorite place for curry: Masala Zone (80 Upper Street, Islington, 020 7359 3399), for ayurvedic.
Favorite club: Turnmills (63 Clerkenwell Road, Farringdon, 020 7324 3388).
Favorite pub: St. John’s (91 Junction Road, Kentish Town, 020 7272 1587). Why? “Great food.” A woman after our own hearts.
Favorite rainy-day activity (ever so essential in London): Tate Modern Museum (Bankside, London SE1 9TG; 020 7887 8000). (You could have guessed that one.)
Favorite resto: Oxo Tower Brasserie (Barge House Street, 020 7803 3888). Surprisingly good food and an amazing view down the river.
Best shopping: Selfridges (400 Oxford Street, 08708 377 377). (She is so on the money.)
Favorite inspirational hideout: Kenwood House (Hampstead Lane, 020 8348 1286) — an art collection that features works by Vermeer, Turner, and Rembrandt, with extensive landscaped grounds and cafe. Good for walking, getting lost, and great views of London.
Favorite place to hear music: Union Chapel (Compton Terrace, 020 7226 1686). Great for acoustic gigs.
Favorite hotel (where you’d send friends and family to stay): Claridge’s (Brook Street, Mayfair, 020 7629 8860).
Best place to break up or make up with a boyfriend: The bench on top of Primrose Hill, where there’s a view of the whole city of London.
Favorite brunch: Don’t want to tell you, ‘cause there’s only six tables and it will be ruined!
See? It may not be quite the same as strolling through Kensington Gardens with Dido on your arm, but hey, as she would say, “It’s not so bad. It’s not so bad …”