Paradise owner Dom Fernando’s insider guide to Soho

Words by
Sphere Life

8th April 2020

The man behind one of Soho’s most popular new restaurants, Sri Lankan hotspot Paradise, reveals his favourite gyms, boutiques and bars in the area

Paradise owner Dom Fernando was born in London to Sri Lankan parents, who emigrated to the UK in the mid-1970s. After studying accountancy, he decided to take up a career in hospitality, which took him to Dubai, Singapore and now London.



67 Brewer Street, W1F 9US

Fitness has become increasingly important to me — especially working in hospitality where diet and balance can be a challenge. The classes it offers are both challenging and great for strength and stability.



51 Greek Street, W1D 4EH

Sometimes you can’t beat a bowl of comforting pasta for lunch. Lina Stores, around the corner from Paradise, is my go to. The ravioli there is to die for.



3 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR

This independent boutique has timeless yet versatile, easy-to-wear clothing. As well as the clothes, I love the store’s minimalist design.

Paradise owner Dom Fernando’s insider guide to Soho
Sri Lankan-themed Paradise, one of Soho's hottest new restaurants


19-23 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DF

Clean-cut leather and suede sneakers are a staple in my wardrobe and Axel Arigato puts a smart spin on them. I also love the minimal design of the shop — it allows full focus on the sneakers.



Liberty London, Great Marlborough Street,

The best haircut and experience in a barbershop so far, its stores are stylish with really comfortable chairs and a beer or whisky to ease small talk.



45-47 Broadwick Street, W1F 9QW

Jag at Soho Printstore has helped us print everything from window vinyls to menus — often with five minutes notice. 


7 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JE

It’s a really small place — I generally have to hang around outside for a bit until a space frees up — but the peach Bellini is more than worth the wait.



58 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9TL

Having spent some time living in Asia, there are few restaurants that manage to replicate the flavours in food like Chef Meedu and the team.