Ewan McGregor arrived in London much like his character in Moulin Rouge arrived in Paris: as a starry-eyed 18-year-old, knowing no one but immediately meeting fantastic people and visiting incredible places. Next month, McGregor plays a playboy journalist who falls for a feminine novelist (Renée Zellweger) in Down With Love, an homage to 1960s Rock Hudson-Doris Day films.
Born in Crieff, Scotland, McGregor found his future at age 6, when he saw the movie Star Wars - the cinematic epic in whose later installments he would eventually star - then saw it again and again, so many times that he could recite the entire script. He moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, from which he landed roles in British TV and film before snagging the lead in Trainspotting, a film that took Ewan McGregor to the world. The 32-year-old actor still lives in London with his wife, Eve, and their two daughters. Step out on the town with him for a weekend in the English capital.
LODGING "The Covent Garden Hotel is good because you're right in the middle of town. It has a fantastic kind of bar/breakfast place. Nice rooms and a nice drawing room upstairs, where I've had several meetings. It's kind of casual but smart. If I was to go on a special night - and my wife and I have done this - we'd go to The Hempel. It's white and minimal and Zen. The room we stayed in had a big, square stone bath, which was just fantastic for two. Their restaurant, Hanami, does amazing food."