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a bit about Dara
What are you working on these days?
I’m writing, I’ll show you when it’s done. Also working on the next event with some people doing good things in music and fashion. I’m about to go on tour with Cat’s Eyes. Listen to their new album – it’s the perfect combination of playful and haunting.
What drives you mad these days?
Less things than used to, I guess I’m growing up.
What makes you happy?
Hammocks & wordplay.
When was the last time you cried?
I cry most days – mostly for good reasons.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
JMSN but I’m not sure if it’s the music or my crush.
What was the last movie you watched and was it any good?
Hirokazu Koreeda’s Our Little Sister at the ICA – it was gentle.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
My boyfriend’s closet. He buys things I never would.
What’s your go-to café in London?
Ginger & White: communal tables, smoothish Wi-Fi and ripe avocado. Most of the waiters have Australian accents, if you’re into that.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in London?
I like Primrose Hill – the park and the residential streets. Standing at the top is nice, there’ll always be different characters against the same backdrop.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
Swim in the Hampstead Heath Ladies’ pond.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
Don DeLillo and I’d take him to De LonDon Lido. We’d talk about fear and he’d tell me ‘talent is more erotic when it’s wasted.’
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
Someone else’s home for a heated game of Snatch.
What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?
A secret bench in Golders Hill Park. I carved ‘D♥B’ into the backrest when I was 11 to mark my territory, so if you find it, you’ll know.
If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
That makes me sad! Sample sales by day / openings by evening / live music by night.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Berkeley. Oh you mean in London? I guess I’d have to mayor what I know: NW.
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
Anywhere you have to pay to pee.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
Momo’s terrace with my favourite people. Then somewhere to dance.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Being driven around the city at night to Jeremih.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
There’s been an attention-shift from location to event. On the one hand this means losing our favourite venues but on the other it means more movement and open bars.