David Beckham,who has donned the role of sporting idol,pin-up,doting dad,Olympics ambassador,has now turned into a tourist guide.
The footballer has drawn up his top ten hot spots for visitors heading to Britain for the London 2012 games,including locations he enjoys visiting with wife Victoria and their children.
The former England soccer captain recommends a visit to his preferred pie and mash shop,which offers a basic meal for as little as 3.50 pounds.
Beckham,who grew up in Essex but whose family members had previously lived in the East End,recommends the traditional Cockney grub as an insiders tip for a real East London food experience and exhorts one and all youve got to try pie and mash.
He singles out Tony Lanes pie and mash shop in Waltham Abbey,Essex,as a favourite.
Despite being based in Los Angeles since 2007 when he moved there to play for LA Galaxy,Beckham has remained a frequent visitor to that particular shop.
“Hes been a regular for eight years. Pie and mash is pretty simple but its good filling food and the best of British, the Daily Mail quoted the family run business boss Tony Lane as saying.
Talking about Britains other attractions to tourists he has recommended theme parks.
Kids cant get enough of theme parks as I know being a father of four, he said.
Youre never far away from one in Britain,Alton Towers is close to Stoke and Thorpe Park just outside London, he said.
Beckhams top ten hotspots:
1. Take a tour of Buckingham Palace
2. Experience some real East London food at Tony Lanes Pie & Mash shop
3. Go on a stadium tour of Old Trafford and the new Wembley
4. Grab some fresh air at one of the Royal Parks like Hyde,The Regents or Richmond
5. Play a round of golf at St Andrews
6. Go shopping at Manchesters Northern Quarter,or markets like Camden,Portobello or Spitalfields
7. Take the kids to Thorpe Park or on the Harry Potter tour
8. Dont miss Londons theatre scene and plays like War Horse or Jersey Boys
9. Eat at Ceconnis or NOPI in London
10. Go for a walk in the countryside and stop off at a pub along the way
Elsewhere in the guide for the national tourism agency VisitBritain,the 37-year-old,notes that Britain is famous for its countryside and suggests a bracing walk followed by a rest next to a log fire in a country pub.
Families can also get out in the fresh air at one of Londons Royal Parks.
The father of four admits to being a fan of the Royal Family and recommends a visit to Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace is in the heart of London and its been the scene of so many great moments in British history – none of us will ever forget the amazing wedding last year, he said,alluding to the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Best of all,its open for visitors during the summer so you can have a look around the state apartments, he said.
Sport,inevitably,is firmly in his thoughts.
He suggests going to a Premier League soccer match if you can as you cant beat the atmosphere or a guided tour around a stadium like Old Trafford,his old stamping ground from his Manchester United days.
Alternatively,you could play a round of golf at St Andrews in Scotland where the game was invented.
Suggestions perhaps more likely to appeal to Victoria include shopping in designer stores or at London markets like Camden,Portobello and Spitalfields,and eating out at exclusive restaurants like the Ivy or Nobu on a special night.
In the list,compiled for a smartphone app,Beckham also describes Londons theatre land as the one thing you cant miss when you are in the capital.
I love going out with the family to a show, he said,insightfully recommending the Lion King as something young and old will love.