What’s My Weekend: Max Wallis

From libraries to lounge bars - the model and poet shares his weekend

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Normally towards the end of the week I like to slow down, kick the writing up a gear and start planning any edits I need to make the following Monday. I tend to write on the go - on my iPad and iPhone, using cloud services to sync up any edits between devices as I travel between castings and meetings. I often begin in the Southbank Centre’s Saison Poetry Library at the Southbank (Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX 020 7921 0943, poetrylibrary.org.uk, above, jotting out the changes I have to make to one of my character's arcs. I also love the Great Hall at the British Museum (Great Russell St, London, C1B 3DG, 020 7323 8299, britishmuseum.org) for people- watching and thinking time.

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Another place I like to relax is the London Edition hotel (10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP, 020 7781 0000, edition-hotels.marriott.com/london), above. The lobby is a particularly nice place to write (think marble walls) but it's also been a hive of people ever since fashion week. One Thursday a group of us took to the club part of the hotel - Basement - a soundproof glass box where they sell alcoholic slush puppies. It's curated by Seb Chew and his little black book of DJs. I have a soft spot for the lobby though. Try the Clearer Colada ...

Friday

If I have castings, I like to walk to them so I can research areas for the novel at the same time. My modelling agency's in Covent Garden (Established, 73-75 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AJ, 02078457747, establishedmodels.com, and if I'm there and I'm peckish, I'll pop into Shake Shack (24, Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RD, 020 3598 1360, shakeshack.com) for a burger, above, or The Cross Keys pub (31 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BA, 020 7836 5185, .crosskeyscoventgarden.com) for a quick pint with friends.

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In the afternoon if I'm in the mood for shopping, I like Article (96 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8DP, .urbanexcess.com/t-article.aspx) for their new jumpers and jackets. Then I might head to hot new all-day eating spot Hoi Polloi (100 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JQ, 020 8880 6100, hhoi-polloi.co.uk/) , which is strangely reminiscent of a David Lynch film, as you enter through a flower shop. The pork cheek with spiced apple is definitely a favourite.

Saturday

Normally I do a breakfast run to Healthy Stuff,(168 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NG, 020 7812 9604, healthystuffe8.co.uk), above., a little health food shop that makes brilliant coffee, and sandwiches the size of your head. I love the tomato and basil bruschetta with serano ham.

Saturday afternoons are about hanging with mates. My friend Suzi Feay just found out her novel has been accepted by an agent so I recently spent the afternoon reading through the latest draft of the beginning of it, tentatively titled "The Other Finn" - it's wonderful. In the evening we might head to The Clove Club (Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, 020 7729 6496, /thecloveclub.com). Their buttermilk fried chicken snacks are delivered on a bed of pine needles and melt in your mouth.

Sunday

When I lived in my old flat off Columbia Road, Dishoom in Shoreditch (7 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7JE, 020 7420 9324, dishoom.com/shoreditch/), would ease my Sunday mornings most weekends. I love the small dishes for sharing, and their Murgh Malai is steeped overnight in garlic and coriander stems and is the perfect taste for that morning-after-the-night-before feeling. Sunday is my day of retreat. Normally I like to find a place for cheap brunch, like Floyd's (89 Shacklewell Ln, London, E8 2EB, 020 7923 7714, facebook.com/friendsoffloyds) which does delicious pizzas and creamy eggs florentine. Sometimes in the afternoon I will head to a literary event or otherwise a place of calm such as Kew Gardens, if I’m not trying to finish editing part of the novel I'm working on, provisonallu called "Legacies".

Anais Nin said ‘... ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living’ - but I still believe that you need a very good desk for long writing sessions. I’m obsessed with finding the right one and love checking out the SCP sales (135 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BX, 020 7739 1869, .scp.co.uk/), trying to work out whether I've fallen in love or not.

My ideal Sunday evening involves a roast dinner, friends, a small glass of wine and a film or game to wind down the day. Sometimes we go to the Hemingway (84 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JL, 020 8510 0215, thehemingway.co.uk) to play Super Mario 3D Land. Bliss.

Max is a poet and model currently finishing his first novel, Legacies,

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