London, United Kingdom
Emily, 31
Charity Worker & Queer Feminist
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am an advisor to charities and philanthropists - I help wealthy people to spend their money where it matters, and advise charities how to do good better. I do it because I care about people and our planet, and want to use my skills (figuring out how to do things, and telling other people what to do...!) to help others change the world.

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

Basically, every Alanis Morissette album. There is not a human emotion she has not captured in rage-filled, angsty glory.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

No judging - Grey's Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, How To Get Away With Murder, Firefly.

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

To keep it casual and interesting, I'd choose one of my favourite parks - Regent's or Southwark. Lovely walk, cafes to stop for a coffee or ice cream (or, if it's going real well, a sandwich), and plenty to look at or talk about if things are awkward.

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

Lena Waithe. And I'd probably just want to go to a cafe and have some witty back and forth about life, like I was in a TV show.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Putney has some of the best charity and thrift stores on one street that I've ever seen - I guess some fashionable or wealthy people leave nearby because the stock is always excellent.

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

I love my neighbourhood, so I'm pretty averse to anywhere outside of Zone 2. But I don't like spending time in really polished business districts like Canary Wharf - it just feels a bit soulless.

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

Explore! When my wife and I travel we spend time just purposefully getting lost in places, but in London I'm always going to a pre-planned place, or rushing to get somewhere else.

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

Duck and waffle at the Duck and Waffle. Holy crap that was an expensive meal, and I think you're mostly paying for the view.

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

Freud's, which is on my map, is pretty hidden, and pretty cool.

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?

Clos Maggiore. The 'most romantic restaurant in London', they say. It was several hundred pounds for a set menu, which was lovely french food. The ceiling is adorned with flowers.

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

Drunken Monkey in Shoreditch. Dim sum to die for.

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

Village East on Bermondsey Street! I love the Bermondsey themed cocktail but they change the menu often and it's always amazing.

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

The Berkley Spa. Never been able to afford to go, but it looks amazing.

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

Cadbury Flake! Messy to eat, but awesome. And Cadbury Mini Rolls - my canadian colleague died and went to heaven when I gave her one of those.

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

The London Eye.

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

Greenwich Park.

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

Westminster, of course. Then Bermondsey Street, and the Southbank.

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

Watching the sunrise from Hampstead Heath or Primrose Hill. Eating my way across the city at my favourite spots, then watching the sunset from Greenwich Park before going dancing at Fabric.

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

New York. It's like London on steroids. Followed by Sydney, because it's a city but feels like a waterside town. Then Melbourne, because you literally can't find bad food there.

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