ask Claire about
cocktail bars • coffee shop • museums • parks • café
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm an actress-writer-producer-director and recovering South African soap star. I live to tell stories, whether on paper, on TV or in the pub. I believe a good story might not change the world but can make us think a little differently. And that's pretty cool/powerful.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
The Lengths - The Black Keys (on repeat whilst sitting in an empty bath tub smoking cigarettes) or Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl - Broken Social Scene.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
All time? Too many for this word count. But current favorites include: People Just Do Nothing, Ozark, Togetherness, Peep Show, Catastrophe and Stranger Things.
Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?
Sharon Horgan - creator of the brilliant Catastrophe series and all round comic Wonder Woman. I'd take her to my local pub and proceed to get wonderfully pissed with her.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Mix of Tiger of Sweden, Monki on Carnaby Street and then some vintage gems from Beyond Retro in Dalston, East London.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
When I first moved to London and was feeling super lonely and lost I'd take myself off to Trafalgar Square. I'd buy a take away coffee and clamber up onto the monument to sit and watch the tourists ooohing and ahhhing over London. Slowly I'd start to feel better, remembering just how damn spectacular London is.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in London and where did you get it?
Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian fusion sushi (plus magnificent view of London) on the 38th floor of Heron Town at Sushi Samba. (Most definitely not a normal occurrence for me - this was a birthday spoil.)
What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Babur Indian restaurant in Honor Oak. It's not so much "crap" as just plain weird looking, thanks to the giant tiger statue above the entrance. However, step inside and you're transported into a warm, sleek, gourmet restaurant with excellent service and mind-blowing Indian cuisine.
Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?
Dinner at 10 Cases in Covent Garden. It's a chic little wine bar and restaurant that always makes us feel grown up and fancy.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?
Oxford Circus (*shudders*)
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Borough Market, a stroll along Regent's Canal, The National Portrait Gallery, The Tate Modern, Trafalgar Square, Victoria Park Hackney, Franks Cafe Peckham for the view, Broadway Market on a Saturday morning...ahhh, how much time do you have?!
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
In my local park, Blythe Hill Fields, coffee in hand, sitting on a bench facing a damn amazing view of the city (weeping silently to myself.)
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Amsterdam. The people are all so tall and pretty and nice. Oh, and the architecture ain't bad at all...