ask Gili about
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a bit about Gili
What are you working on these days?
Turning my new flat into home which means looking for a coffee table, thinking what should I put on the walls and switching light bulbs.
What drives you mad these days?
London showers. Come on, it’s supposed to be summer!
What makes you happy?
People who say thank you. Happily this is very common in London!
When was the last time you cried?
Two weeks ago, the reason was something at work. Sometimes I get emotional when things go the wrong way. Happily, it was sorted out really quickly.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
70’s punk music. I wish I could live in London in the 70’s.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
Star Wars, I really didn’t want to because I am not a sci-fi lover. I must say it wasn’t bad at all and I even enjoyed it. Or shall I say: enjoyed it I even.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
A store called ‘& Other Stories’ and COS.
What’s your go-to café in London?
Ginger & White. It is in my neighborhood, the coffee is good and they know how to poach an egg.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?
Regents Park Road. It has the right combination of vintage shops, cafes, 2-3 good restaurants, a spa and lovely wine shops. Since it is so close to Primrose Hill park, the shops are dog-friendly, and so are the shopkeepers.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
Proper tea-time in a fancy hotel or restaurant.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
I would go to a museum – either the V&A or the Wallace Collection. Museums are places where I get ideas and become creative.
What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?
Lanka, a Japanese tea shop and a bakery near Finchley Road station. I revealed it by mistake once between an asian supermarket and an Italian restaurant. It is so elegant and neat and they sell the best loose leaf tea I have ever tasted. They also have real french kouign amann which is great. I don’t see tourists getting here since there are no attractions in this area, but I get here once a month to refill my tea supply.
If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
The National Gallery. I want it to be classic.
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
A public telephone booth. I am claustrophobic so this would be the last place I run into.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
I would go spontaneously to Barrafina, a lively Catalonian tapas bar in Soho with my husband, who used to live in Barcelona for a few years. He admits this THE PLACE to have proper Catalan food in London. Besides the tapas (Yay! real Jamon!) there’s great music and a good selection of Rioja wines. Happy place to celebrate good news.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Watch ballet rehearsals. I am obsessed with classic ballet and spend hour in watching behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube. The Royal Ballet posts lovely things on their social media channels for example, though I really want to go once and see a live rehearsal.