6 Things We Learned About Sarah Jessica Parker's Love Of London

From collecting sinks to eating Italian food with Hugh Grant, SJP reveals what she loves about visiting the capital

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Ever since we saw her curly blonde locks, tutu-frilled skirts and heard her feminist-inspiring words, her love of Manolo Blaniks and frank conversations on sex, we wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw.

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Okay, so the whole pondering in her apartment window at night typing the words, 'I couldn't help but wonder', was a slight turn off but we can ignore that because Carrie was a modern-day heroine for women across the world at the start of the millennium.

So, once in a while it's nice to hear the love is reciprocated, for London at least.

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker sat down with ES Magazine to reveal exactly what's so great about the Big Smoke:

She stays in Claridge's when visiting London

'I'm very sentimental and it's romantic and traditional.'

She grew up thinking London was where grown-ups live

'I first came to London when I was 11 and rehearsing for a play directed by Harold Pinter. I'd watch the Changing of the Guard with my father and one day, I took my cardigan off because it was so warm and draped it over the gate of Buckingham Palace.'

'I went back the next day and it was still there. My dad exclaimed: 'Look how civilised the people of London are — they're so honest and honour-bound!' Then I said: 'Some day when I'm a grown-up, I'll live in London because that's where grown-ups live.'

She loves a good sink

'I collect old sinks — I'm dead serious. I particularly love Belfast sinks, if I can find them. I keep them in my basement and have quite a decent collection.'

She's mates with Hugh Grant

'I always try to see Mr Hugh Grant when I'm in town. We usually have spaghetti bolognese with mutual friends at Claridge's.'

She's a fan of Sadiq Khan

'I'm so thrilled with your new Mayor especially in this particular climate, so I wouldn't even want to think of taking the job. His election was not only a great comfort to a lot of us who are in the midst of a very complicated election season but it also told a great story of this city — I'm very excited about him.'

You can catch her in the Tate Modern

'Tate Modern is traditionally my first stop. It's such a special museum and I'm always excited to see a new exhibit or just to visit the permanent collection again.'

Right, trip to London anyone?

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