London, United Kingdom
Elisa, 31
Studio Manager, Animation Studio
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a Studio Manager for an Animation Studio in Shoreditch. It's a dream job as I never thought I'd be able to earn money from my love of animation. Outside of the 9-6 though I'm a Jazz Singer and writer (a cliche, I know). It's my first love, has afforded me the chance to meet some amazing people and I hope one day to make it my full-time work!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Jeepers - well the back catalogue of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan for sure. Anything by Alexisonfire, Lover You Should Have Come Over by Jeff Buckley with a sprinkling of Beyonce for good measure.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Whose Line Is It Anyway, Friends but Only Fools & Horses wins them all!

Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.

I've not been on Tinder but if I was you can't beat the Barbican, Bussey Building or a cycle ride through to Regents Park.

Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?

So many heroes it's too hard to choose one so I'd take Kylie Minogue to Hoi Polloi, Anna Karina to Telegraph Hill and Prince to the Science Museum.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'm a huge fan of &OtherStories and Weekday...Arket can take all of my money as far as I'm concerned but I love finding new boutiques to swallow my paycheque!

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I don't think it's fair to say you'd never go to a place as everywhere has its own beauty...I do get unnecessarily angry at Westfield in Stratford though, so I try and stay away from there.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Horse riding! Yes kind of silly but it is the one thing I never get to do!

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in London and where did you get it?

It's not decadent in the slightest but stuffing myself silly at Meat Mission or Homeslice is always a special experience.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?

Quite literally called Hole in The Wall at's not fancy in the slightest but a good place to head after a night out.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in London? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. I'm not going to say how much it cost but it was worth every penny to stay in a listed building with stunning 1920s architecture and it's own dog. Being in Bethnal Green you're slightly out of the way but surrounded by beautiful parks and really fun bars.

What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Beigel Bake on Brick Lane

Where can you get the best cocktail in London? Which one do you like?

Crazy hard question! For the drama it has to be Bar Bohemia, for decadence Scarfes Bar, for straight up good times Netil House.

Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?

Without a doubt just lock ourselves up in Shoreditch House.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

You can get bad fudge anywhere in the world but you can only get the good stuff in the UK.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?

The Shard - Why pay all of that money to go up in a lift?

What’s the one place you think is underrated in London?

Telegraph Hill park for the view. You can't beat it.

What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Just getting around the main parks in London. They are so beautiful and such an amazing slice of this incredible city's history. You can learn so much. Heading to the V&A is a must also.

Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?

Breakfast at La Fromagerie in Marylebone, boating on The Serpentine, a couple of hours at the V&A followed by dinner in Soho. Then a show followed by drinks at Shoreditch House.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Spoleto - a small city in central Italy. Every year they have the most incredible arts festival and the food is incredible.

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