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a bit about Callum
What are you working on these days?
What drives you mad these days?
What makes you happy?
Good food, good company (and of course, good coffee…)
What’s your latest musical obsession?
James Blake. I saw him at Field Day in June, and ever since I’ve been hooked. Never gets old.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
Embrace of the Serpent – it’s a Colombian black and white feature by Ciro Guerra. Stunning visuals and a gripping narrative.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
It really depends on my bank balance! Mostly Urban Outfitters, but occasionally individual brands, Gant, Carhartt, Ben Sherman etc. I could spend hours in PRESENT (Shoreditch High Street) marvelling at all the wonderful (but way out of my price range) items…and occasionally treat myself with a piece from APC.
What’s your go-to café in London?
The Ace Hotel Lobby, without a doubt. It has the perfect atmosphere; hard-working creatives, fascinating conversations and comfy sofas, accompanied by one of the best cafes in London. I’ve written dissertations here, met lasting friends, and above all it’s where I first heard of Cool Cousin!
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?
Hampstead Heath. Not only is the park stunning (and huge), but the surrounding streets that follow the contours of the heath have some of the most beautiful houses and gardens. Keats Grove is my favourite; it is home to John Keats’ residence, the famous Romantic poet.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
Visiting Kew Gardens! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the city, but is sadly just far enough out that I rarely make it over there.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
Justin Trudeau. He’s the perfect modern politician – eloquent, sincere, liberal. We’d go for negronis at Bar Termini in Soho and talk anything but politics.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
I’d head down to the National and pick a play on a whim…and then maybe another. There’s always something great showing (and £5 tickets for under 25s!)
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Islington. It’s the perfect location between the city and the east end. Great independent shops, cafes and restaurants, leafy streets with towering houses and a great community feel.
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. It’s noisy, claustrophobic and polluted – plus, there’s nothing interesting to see or do there!
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
Lunch at Barrafina with my girlfriend. We’d drink cava and sherry and order dishes until we were full.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Travelling. I love visiting new countries, exploring new cultures and learning new languages – hopefully someday I’ll be able to make it my job!
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
The Roxy on Rathbone Place – it’s nothing fancy but it’s cheap entry and the drinks are plentiful.