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a bit about Alexandra
What are you working on these days?
I work with a range of artists, brands, and creative professionals from all over the world on their branding and PR, alongside being Cool Cousin’s London Community Manager. I am also freelancing for various publications and developing my Ladino singing repertoire.
What drives you mad these days?
Being unable to wake up early in the morning to be a step ahead of everyone drives me mad – this is especially an issue in the winter. Oh – that’s the second thing that drives me mad – dark and cold winter days.
What makes you happy?
There are a lot of things that make me happy – travelling, discovering new things, long and never-ending discussions with the people I love, food, shopping, art, music, and especially singing.
When was the last time you cried?
The last time I cried was last weekend, during a performance of ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ at St James Theatre. An incredibly touching story about the Kindertransport.
What is currently playing on repeat in your earphones?
Snoop Lion’s No Guns Allowed.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
Danish Girl – it was incredible!
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I love Bimba y Lola. If I want more choice, I go to Selfridges or Liberty.
What’s your go-to café in London?
My favourite place to go to next to my office for meetings is La Bottega in Belgravia – apparently it’s David Beckham’s favourite too! I like to meet friends at Lanka off Finchley Road – they have the best Japanese and French inspired cakes in London.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in London?
Marylebone – I used to live there, and it conjures great memories. I also used to work for Monocle magazine which is in that area. Chiltern street and Marylebone High street are full of great shops, restaurants and cafes and I never get bored of the Wallace collection (great for tea and scones by the way)!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
I love to run on a nice sunny day in Hampstead Heath or Regents Park – it’s a rare occasion though.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
I would love to take Pushkin for high tea at Fortnum & Mason.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
To the Everyman Cinema – a cosy small art house cinema chain where you can put your feet up and order some wine and cheese.
What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?
There’s an amazing Portuguese bakery called Lisboa on Golborne Road. Mostly locals know about it – they make the best pasta de natas that are warm from the oven. I love to listen to the regulars’ who have been going there every week for years.
If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
I would spend half of it in Hampstead, walking on my own in Hampstead Heath with a crepe in hand (from the famous Hampstead creperie). The other half, I would spend shopping in Carnaby Street/Covent Garden/Mayfair. I would also spend a couple of hours reading in the Wellcome Collection’s reading room.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Probably Mayor of Camden – it’s the area I know best.
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
Madame Tussauds – went there as a child but the mere memory of the crowd there makes me claustrophobic.