London, United Kingdom
Alex, 23
Literature Graduate, Cultural Doctor
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a Production Assistant for a freelance Director and Producer. Both of my parents are actors, so I feel very comfortable in a theatrical setting, however, I wanted to do this job to see and experience the working mechanics behind a show or production. I yearn to know every aspect and every side of this crazy theatrical world, not just one dimension or one side to it. (Perks also include going to the theatre on a regular basis, so I'm up to date with all the latest shows and theatrical trends!)

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Drops of Jupiter or The Finish Line from the album Save Me, San Francisco by Train - tearjerker!

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Planet Earth I and II, Blackadder, Homeland, Fargo and The Simpsons

Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.

Definitely Hyde Park. Challenge another couple to a race on a pedalo, and make damn sure you win. Or, if you're a little less competitive, there's always couples horse-riding..

Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?

Francis Drake, and I will always be thankful how he brought London potatoes and spices. So, I would probably take him for an outdoors picnic at Borough Market.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Why thank you - predominantly charity shops (those along the King's Road or Portobello Road are great, the latter a lot cheaper as well), or my absolute seasonal go-to, Zara.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?

Battersea Flower Station - even locals don't know it's there! A secret oasis hidden away.

What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Da Maria in Notting Hill.

Where can you get the best cocktail in London? Which one do you like?

Trailer Happiness on Portobello Road. Grab a partner, or sharing buddy, and order a Trailer Colada to share - it's sunshine in a glass, with a Tiki twist.

Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?

If I wanted to show that they were special, Galvin at the Windows on the 28th-floor of the Hilton Hotel, at sunset.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

The one, the only, McVitie's Digestive biscuit or Hobnob. Extra points for a chocolate one.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?

The M&M World in Leicester Square - M&M's aren't even British! That, and Oxford Street for shopping.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in London?

Neal's Yard, Covent Garden. A small whimsical and vibrant hideaway in a big city.

Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?

Walk along Southbank

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Havana in Cuba - the weather is great, the cuisine is an amazing fusion of Caribbean and Spanish, and I love the dancing!

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