Henry Cavill, a.k.a Superman has been sighted on more occasions than one in London. “London is history and the future in one place. I love the city and its vibe,” declares the good looking British actor, who was born in Jersey Island. Talking about his place of birth, Cavill admits that wherever Superman may take him, the island will always be home to him.
“Quite simply I love that it’s home. Jersey holds a special magic for me, it’s the smell of the sea when I get off the plane or the cry of the gulls or a field of Jersey cows or its incredible history. The place holds such a special place in my heart that it’s hard to say what it is exactly that I love about it. When describing it to people, I tell them that it’s a very small island with a lot of character and some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain,” he says. Predictably, it is his love for the rugged and the classic that draws the ‘man of steel’ to London.
Ideal for Walks
“I love walking around Hyde Park with Kal, who is more famous in these parts than I am,” jokes Cavill, as he talks about his pet dog. “The fragrance of the greenery right at the beginning of autumn and in the peak of spring is just indescribable. It can only be felt,” adds Cavill.
Though Henry Cavill has found worldly fame through a character who is, very literally, out of this world—of course, he’s best known as the last son of Krypton in director Zack Snyder’s 2013 franchise reboot, Man of Steel, and its follow-up, the megahit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — he works pretty hard to keep his real-life self firmly grounded here on Earth.
In fact, the English superstar has shunned the trappings of a full-time Hollywood lifestyle for a quieter, more friends-and-family-centric life in London. “If I ever become an egomaniac, then I’ve messed it up,” he says, adding, “I go for long walks in London. I still walk into bookstores and cafes. Yes, I am recognised, but it is still quiet, and comfortingly so.”
Classic & Heritage
London? And quiet? “Of course!” insists Cavill, adding, “Try my favourite spot, the Mark’s Club. It is an elegant and traditional private members’ club situated in a townhouse in Mayfair. The décor is a mix of old and new after it was revamped by Paris-based designer Tino Zervudachi in 2015. You’ll find English antique furniture in the drawing room and paisley-print carpets in the Indian Room. Basically it has a very warm and classic vibe.”
Mark’s Club may not be as flashy as Superman, but it is this understated elegance that seems to resonate in Henry Cavill’s attraction to London. Like the little-known fact that Cavill did time in a London nightclub in order to pay for flights to attend auditions in LA. When he was up for the first Superman film, he remembers that every night at Liquid, “when they opened the dance floor section, the DJ always played the Superman music”. And when it fell through? “Yeah. He stopped playing it after that.”
So when in London, it is possible to find Cavill strolling the streets of the capital – he has a house in Kensington. But you’re most likely to spot him in Cut, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in the 45 Park Lane hotel. “It’s my favourite steakhouse,” adds Cavill.
As told to Aarti Kapur Singh