Evening Standard

My London: Kit Harington

Home is…
I’m an Angel boy and live on a road that’s still half housing association and half private housing. I’ve lived with my best friend Dan since drama school. It’s like a sexless marriage

Last play you saw?
People, Places and Things at Wyndham’s. I thought Denise [Gough] was absolutely mind-blowing. There are some plays that just stay with you for a long time – those are the powerful ones

First thing you do when you come back to London?
Get all my friends around for a big old barbecue, even in the winter. My signature dish is a coq au vin. Not on the barbecue though. That would be a disaster

Which building would you like to be locked in overnight?
The BT Tower. Mostly because it’s tall and you can look out across the whole of London from it

Favourite London pub?
There’s an amazing pub in Hampstead called The Holly Bush. It’s cosy, secluded and close to the heath – all wooden panelled and lovely in the winter. The crowd is a bit Hampsteady but nice enough. My drink’s usually a pint of IPA

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?
Open up all the disused Tube stations and let everyone explore the secret side of London. Then maybe organise a massive water fight

Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
At the moment, I have a crucifix in my dressing room which I kiss three times, plus I eat three Haribos, and take three swigs of water before I go out on stage

Favourite London shops?
There’s an incredible shoe shop I go to called Fiorentini + Baker on Rivington Street. I have a pair of lovely suede boots from there. The Waterstone’s on Gower Street for books. And an amazing deli in Broadway Market called L’eau à La Bouche, which I visit at the weekend for bread and marinated sardines

Best place for a nightcap?
The Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown. The drinks are exceptional – they did one called ‘Winter is Coming’ at one point, which I thought was quite funny. I remember it tasted very strongly of gin

Biggest extravagance?
I’ve got a shoe fetish, but my most recent splurge was a camera. It’s a Leica with a nice old-school vibe, but it takes digital pictures. I used to do a lot of photography and I’ve picked it up again quite recently

Who do you call to have fun with in London?
Alfie Allen. We met on Game of Thrones but have stayed good makes for years

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My mum’s best friend, Vicky, once told me, ‘As long as you turn up, and you’re nice, you’ll get through anything’

Last album you bought?
The latest one by Radiohead. A Moon Shaped Pool. I haven’t got through the whole thing yet, but that’s my favourite style of music. Melodic, weird, philosophigal

Interviewed by Dipal Acharva