Anyone who tuned in to the sixth season of AMC’sThe Walking Dead, is familiar with Tom Payne. When not filming his beloved comic book character role of Jesus Monroe, on the record-breaking series about zombies in Atlanta, the British-born star, who has also appeared in such films as Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and The Physician, is enjoying the best of Los Angeles, which he’s called home for the past six years. Here, Payne, who was recently promoted to a series regular on the program, which returns for its season 7 premiere this Sunday, Oct. 23, shares his “haute secrets” or his insider’s guide—his favorite places to eat, sleep, shop and play—to the City of Angels.
Where were you born: Chelmsford, Essex, England
How long in LA: 6 years
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Best place for a romantic date: Maré
Best Sunday brunch: Fratelli Cafe on Melrose
Best place for a power business meeting: Soho House
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? If they have some money to spend then The Sunset Tower is beautiful
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Melrose Trading Post
Favorite Cultural Event: Artwalk
Favorite Cultural Institution: Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s!
Best Pizza: Tomato Pie
Best Lunch: Stir Market
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Prevail Boxing Club on 3rd
Best Massage: The Now on Beverly
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber Select
Best Museum/Exhibit: LACMA
Describe your city in three words: Cars, Mountains and Sunsets
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Venice Beach
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive
Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The fact that everyone here has the shared experience of turning up and doing their best to make it happen.
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Photography: Ryan Jerome
Styling: Bruno Lima