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|Kuala Lumpur Malaysia: My kind of town|
Why Kuala Lumpur?
Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful city, a shopper's paradise, among many other things. I enjoy going back regularly to see family and friends. I always make time to visit Lord's Tailor (1st floor, The Ampwalk, 218, Jalan Ampang; 0060 3 2166 1918; www.lordstailor.com.my) when I am in town to have my suits and shirts made.
What do you miss most when you're away?
My family, as I don't always have the chance to travel with them.
What's the first thing you do when you return?
I go out to find some excellent local food.
Where's the best place to stay?
The Ritz-Carlton Residence (0060 3 2142 8000; www.ritzcarlton.com; double b & b from £255) is my first choice. The team is always so welcoming, polite and very well trained. The beautiful hotel lounge is a great place to conduct my meetings, and just five minutes' stroll from Bintang Walk, Kuala Lumpur's upscale retail, dining and entertainment hub.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
The SkyBar at the top of Shangri-La's Traders Hotel is in the city centre, and is therefore convenient, and an ideal place for after-dinner cocktails. As a bonus, you can also enjoy some of the best views in the city. I also like to go to the Shangri-La hotel lounge for a peaceful drink with friends.
Where are your favourite places for lunch?
I like to go to the Shangri-La Japanese restaurant Zipangu. I also love the Chinese food in Shanghai in the J W Marriot Hotel (183 Jalan Bukit Bintang; 2715 9000).
And for dinner?
The food hall in Starhill (181, Jalan Bukit Bintang) has a range of cuisines, including Korean, Thai and Italian. If I were taking friends somewhere more formal, then I might head for Hakka (6, Jalan Kia Peng; 2143 1907), which I also love, and which has been serving great regional food to locals and visitors for more than 40 years. It's also excellent value – from £1.50 a dish.
Where would you send a first-time visitor?
Starhill for some fabulous shopping, and to see the beautiful watch boutiques. And then Sungei Wang and Bintang Walk for more shopping.
What would you tell them to avoid?
Visiting the Petronas Towers: it is a beautiful building that adds elegance and a modern perspective to the KL skyline, but, unfortunately, when you visit the building, you miss out on the highlight of KL's skyline, the Petronas towers themselves! For the best views of this wonderful city, visit the revolving restaurant at the top of the majestic nearby KL Tower.
Public transport or taxi?
Public transport is good, but taxis are cheap compared with London, say, so I tend to move around by cab.
Handbag or moneybelt?
KL is a very safe city, but as in all cities, one must be vigilant.
What should I take home?
Batik from Ferrelle (G73, Central Market; 2272 3880).
And if I've only time for one shop?
Head to Pavilion, where you'll find all the top brands under one roof