London, United Kingdom
Gianfranco, 38
Beverage and Hospitality Consultant
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a bit about Gianfranco

What are you working on these days?

“I’ve got a few projects going on at the moment. I’m working as a trainer and strategist for Yaguara Cachaça a delicious liquid representation of Brazil; I’m part of a great creative collective based at Super Brick, a Garage/Man Cave in the old Truman’s Brewery, and I’m working with Trinity, a gorgeous place in Vilnius, Lithuania, to elevate their level of service and make sure they stay at the top of the Lithuanian hospitality industry. I love my job!”

What drives you mad these days?

Ignorance! Because knowledge is power.

What makes you happy?

Nothing fancy or elaborate, after living in London for nearly 15 years, sunshine makes me extremely happy!

When was the last time you cried?

It was one of my best mates father’s funeral, about a year ago.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Old school Rap, always.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I’m always looking around for good deals. If I know I need something specifically I usually go to TK Maxx first (many shops throughout London, my favourite is in Clapham Junction), where you can find high street brands at heavily discounted prices, if I don’t find there what I need, then I target single shops.

What’s your go-to café in London?

There are actually a few places around London depending on where I have to be, but lately I spend a lot of time in East London. There I really like Counter Albion and Electric Cinema Shoreditch.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

South Bank is definitely my favourite place to wander, mostly on the embankment, for some reason the river has a great soothing effect on me.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

Not sure if he is my hero, but he is in my opinion one of the most fascinating human beings that ever existed. I would love to sit down and chat to John Forbes Nash Jr. about human interaction, a philosophical mathematician, what a treat. I’d take him to a pub down in Wandsworth called “The Ship”, just on the river bank, it’s a great place to observe human interaction in a relaxing social environment.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Sardinia if I had the chance, but if I had to stay in London I would go to one of the bars in the Shard, and watch London getting showered from above.

What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?

Primrose Hill at Sunset! The spot is just north of the London Zoo in Regent’s Park, and is one of the first spots I discovered with my mates when I first moved to London. Can’t really put my finger on it, but the spot has a very special aura to me.

If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

If I had finished packing, which seems unlikely knowing my self, I would go for a long walk starting from Trafalgar square all the way to Tower bridge, going through Parliament Square, crossing the river at Westminster bridge and walking eastwards on the river bank. I would stop for lunch at a Pub on the river.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Tower Hamlets.

What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

McDonald’s.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I would take my best friends for a cocktail and some celebratory Champagne to Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel, definitely one of my favourite spots in London.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

I love observing people and how they interact with each other, their body languages, their emotions and reactions. I’m fascinated.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

Lately my favourite place to start the evening from is a place on Cambridge Heat Road called “Satan’s Whiskers”. They play really cool Old School Hip Hop, their drinks are really tasty, simple and refreshing, and the atmosphere in general is really jovial and light. Amazing Spot!

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