Step into London in September and you might see some of these famous Londoners celebrating their birthdays with a night on the tiles. If you get lucky, you might even be able to join the party—or at least dream about it before you wake up in your comfortable bed at The Grand London Paddington Hotel.
Idris Elba – September 6
Idris was born in London and shot to fame playing Stringer Bell in The Wire. Since then, he’s had major roles in films like the Dark Tower, the Thor franchise, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He splits his time between LA, New York and London for his acting career, but he was born in Hackney, just a short distance away from The Grand London Paddington Hotel.
Naomie Harris – September 6
Naomie Harris is a rising star on this list, even though she’s been working as an actress for years. You might recognise her from the Pirates of the Caribbean series where she was the voodoo priestess Tia Dalma, the recent James Bond films where she played Miss Moneypenny, and her turn in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Martin Freeman – September 8
He might not have been born in London, but he lives here now. And he gets a pass for playing half of a pair of famous Londoners who resided on Baker Street. Martin Freeman has played the titular hobbit in The Hobbit film series, Tim in The Office, and of course Dr. Watson of Baker Street in the hit BBC series Sherlock. Just a stone’s throw away from his home lies The Grand London Paddington Hotel. Perhaps you’ll see him at the pub if you pop in for a visit? He might be scheming with Sherlock though, so be careful you don’t get dragged into a caper with the two of them.
Colin Firth – September 10
Made a Freeman of the City of London in 2012, Firth has been a stalwart of acting in Britain for years. Memorably, he reprised his role as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice when he became ‘Mark Darcy’ in the Bridget Jones film series. It seems he’s keen to shed his goody-two-shoes image, however, as his most recent role in Kingsman has seen him take part in a very bloody fight scene that lasts five full minutes.
Twiggy – September 19
Twiggy, a feature of the swinging sixties in London, was born a short distance away from The Grand London Paddington Hotel in Neasden. She became one of the first international supermodels and a fashion icon of the era, with her cropped hair, long lashes and thin body type making her ‘the face of 1966’. Since she retired from modelling in 1970, she’s been a reality show judge on America’s Next Top Model, an actress in cult films such as The Blues Brothers, a singer with a moderately successful album released in 2011, and been the face of various campaigns for moisturisers like Olay.