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a bit about Daphne
What are you working on these days?
My collection of men’s shoes! After years of working as a shoe designer, I’ve gone back to my cordwainer roots and started hand making them again.
What drives you mad these days?
Cars not indicating in traffic. As a cyclist I think it’s truly underrated.
What makes you happy?
When that sudden burst of creativity hits.
What is currently playing on repeat in your earphones?
Loyle Carner. I very much enjoy his sophisticated take on hip hop.
What was the last movie you watched and was it any good?
I went to see ‘The Hateful Eight’. Normally I'm a big fan of Quentin Tarantino’s films, but this one I found rather slow. My brother and sister who came to see me in London were snoozing halfway in. (Sorry Quentin! Loved Kill Bill!)
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I usually don’t plan my shopping but try to pick up great items along the way (because when you're looking for a party dress, you can never find one). For this reason TK Maxx is a favourite. They sell all the unsellable, off-season stock so you can find some unexpected gems.
What’s your go-to café in London?
The Albion. Classic Shoreditch joint. During the day it has lots of natural light flowing in so it’s good for discussing visual work.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in London?
South bank. All the way from Waterloo to Bermondsey. You’ll pass some iconic spots along the way such as Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tower Bridge. After this the crowds thin down and the walk becomes more local. If you continue all the way down to Greenwich, there’s a beautiful area for you to explore with a historical naval theme and a great pub to match.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
Travel by river. There are actually several river bus services that run between Putney and Woolwich, so it’s a good alternative to the tube or bus. I just wish I had more patience to take them.
Who’s your hero (alive or dead) and where would you take him out to eat or drink and why did you choose that place?
Tan Twan Eng. He wrote the books ‘The Gift of Rain’ about a boy and his aikido teacher and ‘The Garden of Evening Mists’ about the link between garden design and tattooing. Since his books are set in history, I would take him to a historical pub like the ‘Cittie of Yorke’ where I would hopefully be able to convince him to write another book.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
Confession: I still haven’t been to Kensington Palace. I’m definitely saving that for a rainy day!
What’s that place in London that you feel like only you know about? Where’s your secret spot and what makes it special for you?
The Rose Garden in Greenwich Park. I guess most people would go to the rose garden in Regent’s Park, simply because it’s the biggest. But this one has a hidden Alice-in-Wonderland feel to it.
If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
Having a great going-away barbecue with family and friends.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Southwark. It has such great places that could benefit from a bit more promotion.
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
I was going to say sports bars, but than again, when you’re with good company sports bars are actually not that bad.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
Dinner at Barbecoa with my husband.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Travelling, watching films, reading books. There seems to be an underlying theme of escapism to my pastimes.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
A good restaurant. It always starts with good food.