A man of talent, curiosity and diverse enthusiasms that include baseball, birds and bottles of fine wine, Geddy Lee, of Rush, feels a particular attraction to London. The band, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a North American tour that kicks off in early May, has spent a lot oftime recording and performing in Britain, and Lee is a regular visitor to a city that he summarizes as "hip and enduring.”
WHERE TO STAY
"I am particularly fond of the Berkeley Hotel (Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, the-berkeley.co.uk). When I am with the family, we stay at the Milestone Hotel (1 Kensington Court, milestonehotelcom). It has a classic old English feel, and my daughter loved how it reminded her of her Harry Potter books. Some young friends of mine stay in Shoreditch at the Ace Hotel (100 Shoreditch High St, acehotel.com/london)."
WHERE TO EAT
"The number of very fine eateries popping up is endless. Among my faves: The Clove Club (Shoreditch Town Hall. 380 Old St. cloveclubcom), The Quality Chop House (88-94 Farringdon Rd, thequalitychophousecom), Brasserie Chavot in Mayfair (47 Conduit St., brasseriechavot.com) and Barrafina Adelaide Street (10 Adelaide St,barrafina.co.uk)."
WHERE TO DRINK
"For a French wine lover, London is among the greatest cities in the world, because everything you want to drink is available. A cool place to visit, if you are an aficionado, is the ancient wine cellar of Berry Bros. & Rudd (3 St. James's St. bbr.com). As for cocktail bars, among my favourites is the bar above London's oldest restaurant, Rules (35 Maiden Lane, rules.co.uk). It's not hip, but it's always quiet. The most gorgeous bar in London is at the Connaught Hotel (Carlos Place Mayfair. the-connaught.co.uk). If you are a James Bond freak, try Dukes Hotel Bar (35 Saint James's Place, dukeshotel.com), the haunt of Ian Flemming, where the aging but still graceful Alessandro Palazzi will make you a Vesper martini that would make Fleming proud."
"I spend more time going to the theatre in London than to concerts. But I love Royal Albert Hall (Kensington Gore, royalalberthall.com), and recently saw Jeff Beck and his band there. My wife and I love comedy and end up at the Leicester Square Theatre (6 Leicester Pl, leicestersquare-theatre.com) quite often."
"We love to check out some of the private homes which are now museums: Sir John Soane's Museum (13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, soane.org), the Astor House, now known as Two Temple Place (twotempleplace.org), Leighton House (72 Holland Park Rd, rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1.aspx) and Dennis Severs' House in Spitalfields (18 Folgate St, dennissevershouse.co.uk)."
"London is one of the great walking cities. A gret way to spend a day is to take the tube to Richmond and walk up Richmond Hill for great views of the river and then down through the woodland to one of the most charming restaurants in London, Petersham Nurseries Cafe (Church Lane, Petersham Rd., Richmond, Surrey) - the only Michelin-starred restaurant with a dirt floor."