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a bit about Evie-Rose
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a recent graduate from The University of Nottingham, studying English Literature. I'm now working for a London start-up as a 'Talent Partner'- we work in-house for various start-ups across London hiring across creative, marketing and tech. My most recent client is a gaming company, where I’m building out their London studio with game designers, artists, and developers. Previously my client was a company which described itself as an 'experience platform for food'. I'm loving it so far! It consists of a lot of networking, coffee meetings, and industry events.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Everyone who knows me knows the answer to this, as I was such precious princess about it. During the summer before my final year at Uni I worked in an Amazon warehouse as I was desperate for some dolla to fund festival season. I worked 10-hour shifts, with very short breaks, and all I did was walk miles around the warehouse floor with my little scanner and counted the items in the little compartments. Count, enter, move on. Just prior to leaving my 'productivity' was so bad (because instead of counting I was reading Oscar Wilde in a quiet corner of the warehouse) that I was approached by management with pure bafflement.
Were you born and raised in London? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to London?
Yes and no. I was born in lovely Luton, once voted the worst place to live in the UK, which is just North of London. When I went to University and was asked where I was from I was always met with a blank expression in saying Luton. 'Luton Airport?' - often followed by another blank expression. 'Ok London, North London'.
What’s your current hood in London and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I currently commute to London every day from my hometown Luton, which is about a 20-minute journey to Central (upon leaving Uni it was a toss up between commuting and home comfort, or not commuting and living in a hole). I spend half my week working in Russell Square, and the other half working in Hammersmith. I often spend weekends with my friend who lives in Peckham, which I also love. Best thing- how varied and lively it is. Worst thing- rush hour.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I am a self-proclaimed Biggie fanatic- I can rap (badly) every word to Juicy, Party & Bullsh*t and Hypnotize. I also had a slight obsession with Christina Aguilera when I was younger, which I still harbour. I love 90's/ 00's Hip Hop, UK rap, and the occasional chart banger. When I'm feeling pretentious I listen to Classical. I hate Screamo music, it hurts.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Jennifer Hudson - And I am Telling You, Biggie - Suicidal Thoughts (bit strong?), Adele - Someone Like You, Amy Whinehouse - Back to Black, Drake - Marvin's Room... I could go on.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
I love documentaries, I have t-shirts with Louis Theroux and David Attenborough's faces on, so anything about wildlife, serial killers, prisons, true crime, Norse Mythology, you name it, I'm into it. Game of Thrones, obviously. I love any kind of period drama, even the bad ones. My recent obsession is Ru Paul's Drag Race.
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
I'm probably the last 22 year old in London who has never used Tinder, but, as I'd like to think I'm the queen of recommendations, I'd say Swingers. It's not what you think. Swingers is a crazy golf venue, based on a 1920’s golf-club set in the bucolic English countryside. It also has a gin terrace and great food. Dates are always better when an activity is involved, saves you from awkward silences.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Nicole Scherzinger. I can't bear her Muller yoghurt adverts.
Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?
Louis Theroux, we'd go for an espresso martini at Shoreditch Grind and talk about society.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Sadly I have Gucci tastes, with a Zara budget. I'm usually head to to Zara. I also use eBay and Depop for vintage/second hand stuff.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
One of those boujie nightclubs, with extremely overpriced drinks, rude and exclusive door staff, and a lot of pretentious suits with bottles of Grey Goose.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to the theatre.
Where do you go in London for a casual night out?
Bar hopping around Soho.
Where would you go in London to celebrate some freaking good news?
First, bottomless brunch at Bourne and Hollingsworth, then to Frank's Cafe in Peckam for a rooftop cocktail or 5.
What’s your choice of transportation in London and why?
Walking, for the atmosphere.
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
I would say first port of call for a newcomer would be to simply catch a train to Central, get off at maybe Leicester Square or Covent Garden and just get lost. Walk around Soho and pop into one of the busy restaurants/cafes (the best way to find a good place without researching). Take a stroll down the Thames river. Go see a show in the West End. Definitely do the touristy stuff first, they have their charms, you can steer off the beaten path afterwards. There's so much to see.
What are the London spots tourists should run from screaming?
I wouldn't say there's anywhere to run from screaming (or at least anywhere I've been), but I would suggest avoiding the tubes during rush hour. You're on holiday, get an uber.
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
If weather permits- strolling around Kew Gardens, if it doesn't- a food and drink marathon at all my favourite spots.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I just returned from a two week trip to Bali and it's my new favourite destination, it's just magical. In Europe, I'd say Berlin, it has a very unique and lively vibe. Plus exquisite kebabs.