My Favourite Places: Cem Ahmet
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Cem Ahmet is a dancer/choreographer whose clients include Alexandra Burke, JLS and Rochelle Wiseman. Most recently Gem danced at The Rolling Stones’ 02 concerts, and was part of the London Olympics closing ceremony where he accompanied Victoria Beckham as part of The Spice Girls’ performance. Look, there he is! He’s currently choreographer for the fashion/dance extravaganza at the Eden Centre this weekend (11am -4pm) in High Wycombe. Here are his favourite places.
The Hellfire Caves, High Wycombe
I remember visiting Hell Fire Caves when I was younger, and I’ve heard that they also do paranormal investigations, which sounds intriguing, so I’m hoping to make it back here before I go back home to Kent. To a kid, the underground tunnels that lead to the River Styx, are so spooky and like something straight out of a book; I still remember that feeling of being in the middle of an adventure story.
It’s kind of drilled into you as a dancer to look after your body, so I’m not a massive drinker. But! I’m partial to a beer or two, and I’ve met loads of people who have been singing the praises of the Marlow Brewery. Apparently they do regular open nights, so I’m planning to come back with friends later this summer.
Hampstead Heath/The Freemasons Arms
I’m from London and when I find the time I love to go running on Hampstead Heath with my Staffordshire Blue for company – although I don’t think she loves it as much as me because she has such little legs! If I’m meeting friends later, one of my favourite pitstops is The Freemasons Arms, which is brilliant for relaxed meals and has a lovely outside area for summer drinks.
The Rye & Warren Wood, High Wycombe
I’ve fallen in love with this area of High Wycombe which seems a bit of a secret – people come in from the surrounding area to shop but don’t know that there’s a gorgeous idyll right in the centre of town. I try to spend half an hour in the Rye and then walk up into Warren Wood every day – it’s really peaceful and leafy and quiet which is a lovely contrast to the constant chatter and noise that surrounds me in rehearsal.
The Chequers, Fingest
I think the term gastropub was invented for me! I love food and am on the go so much that luckily I never really have to watch what I eat. I came to The Chequers with friends a couple of weeks ago and had a fantastic lunch, then walked around the village and around the surrounding fields. It was one of those days when the sun was shining and everything just worked out perfectly