a bit about Blake
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a Copywriter, so I'm like the less cool and sophisticated version of Don Draper. But being in at a creative agency means people take all those silly ideas you have seriously and every now and then let you actually go round the world and make them. Couldn't ask for more.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Saturday job at a ceramics factory, sanding down clay dragons before they were fired. It was boring, unhealthy, and pretty lonely. I'm pretty sure inhaling all that ceramic dust has knocked 5 years off my life
Were you born and raised in London? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to London?
I'm from rather dull town from the Midlands called Nuneaton. And after Uni I packed my bags and headed to London to get a job in advertising. That was 13 years ago and I have never looked back.
What’s your current hood in London and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Peckham Rye. The best thing about it? It's officially Sunday Times best place to live in London. The worst thing? It's officially Sunday Times best place to live in London.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I'll listen to everything, but allergic to musicals.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I'd want to listen to optimistic tunes to cheer me up like... They'll be days like this - Van Morrison. You can call me Al - Paul Simon. Here I go again - Whitesnake. Lola - The Kinks. Downtown - Macklemore. 99 Problems - Jay Z. Sabotage - Beastie Boys. New York Groove - Ace Frehley. Day Man - Charlie Kelly.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Because it's into its 13th season and still hilarious. It's laugh out loud funny and no doubt someone has already said the Wire, Sopranos and Breaking Bad.
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
Either walking along the South Bank at dusk, or a drink at 69 Colebrooke Row.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
It has to be Trump.
Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?
Tom Selleck. That man is everything a man should be. Wouldn't matter where we were, just to be in the presence of a God is more than enough.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Percival, Oliver Spencer, Grenson, Universal Works, The Kooples, Peckham Rye Ties, Folk, Liberty, Son of Stag.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Anywhere Made in Chelsea frequents.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to a cinema on my own at any time, day or night and watch a random/weird/shit film, and no one thinks you're a weirdo for doing it.
Where do you go in London for a casual night out?
Untitled Bar in Dalston. Quite possibly the coolest bar in London, if not the world. And I am not talking it up.
Where would you go in London to celebrate some freaking good news?
A great restaurant, maybe The Frenchie?
What’s your choice of transportation in London and why?
Either the tube or my bike. Quickest way to get round London, I love the hustle and bustle. I love the crazy, all go attitude these offer.
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Sky Garden, The Science Museum, Natural History Museum, The Regency, Greenwich, Hamstead Heath, walk along the Thames.
What are the London spots tourists should run from screaming?
Madame Tussards - Why would anyone want to queue for hours to see wax statues of celebrities?
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
Walking everywhere. Take in as much as you can. London is basically a museum of history, walking is free.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
New York. The pizza. The people. The noise. The style. Yankee Stadium. Lower East Side. My best mate lives there, so I always have a sofa to crash on too.