What is a weekend you ask? Downton Abbey's Lady Edith Crawley, Laura Carmichael, knows how to have a perfect "weekend" and shares her tips with the London Evening Standard. As a North Londoner she shares where to get brunch, a proper pint of cider and where she hunts for vintage clothing:
I’ll have brunch locally at the Tufnell Park Tavern, which has a deli on the side serving amazing coffee and breakfast - I get the scrambled egg with chorizo. I'm lucky to live near a big gang of friends so weekends are often spent catching up with them here. On Saturdays there’s a farmer’s market outside – it didn’t used to be this posh!
Tufnell Park Tavern, 162 Tuffnell Park Rd, N7 0EE, 020 7281 6113, tufnellparktavern.com
If I fancy a trawl around some markets I’ll head west to Notting Hill. I love rooting through old furniture and antiques so Portobello is great fun for me.
Portobello Market, Portobello Rd, W11, portobellomarket.org
Also, not far away on the Golborne Road is my favourite vintage clothing store, Rellik. They have an amazing selection – none of this searching through bins to find old, stained shirts marked up for £50 – just the beautiful stuff. I bought an amazing Ellie Saab dress once, which I wore to the My Week with Marilyn premiere.
Rellik, 8 Golborne Rd, W10 5NW, 020 8962 0089, relliklondon.co.uk
I love Soho when it comes to Saturday night drinks. I’ll start at the Coach & Horses, a proper pub selling cider on draft and homemade sausage rolls.
Coach & Horses, 29 Greek St, W1D 5DH, 020 7437 5920, coachandhorsessoho.co.uk
Then I might head to jazz club Ronnie Scott's - another of my favourite spots in Soho. My Downton Abbey pal Michelle Dockery (who plays Lady Mary) introduced me to going - she's sung there several times and knows when there's a good night on. Plus they do amazing cocktails.
Ronnie Scott's, 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT, 020 7439 0747, ronniescotts.co.uk
I could spend all day on the Southbank - I think a lot of actors just like being near the National Theatre! It's my favourite view in London and a matinee can be a great way to spend a Sunday.See the original article here and check out the London Evening Standard's Going Out Guide here.
For breakfast I like Le Pain Quotidien near the Royal Festival Hall - they give you coffee in a bowl and have really tasty bread.
Le Pain Quotidien, Festival Terrace, 020 7486 6154, lepainquotidien.co.uk
Then I’ll make my way slowly down the river to the Tate Modern and check out the latest exhibition there with a stop at any of the coffee shops in Borough Market.
Tate Modern, Sumner St, SE1 9TG, 020 7887 8752, tate.org.uk
In the afternoon I might wander back up the Southbank to the BFI - I love watching old movies and it always draws you to things you might not otherwise see. I recently saw the remastered version of my namesake movie, Laura.
BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT, 020 7928 3232, bfi.org.uk
My favourite indulgence to finish off the weekend is a Sunday night curry - it's become a terrible habit for me and my flatmates! We live near what I think is one of the greatest curry houses in London, the Bengal Spice on Holloway Road. I like it hot so I normally order the Garlic Chilli Chicken Massala. Delish!
Bengal Spice, 604 Holloway Rd, N19 3PH, 020 7561 1106, bengalspice-holloway.co.uk
I think there is a new tour of London to go on - The Michelle Carmichael tour!