London, United Kingdom
Grace, 29
Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies student at UCL
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What are you working on these days?

Apart from my tan... I'm currently working on enjoying student life studying Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies at UCL. I also like to dabble in all sorts of exciting projects. Working with Woodland Tribe building adventure playgrounds with kids, London Architectural Film Festival, Lobby magazine, and beekeeping are some of my favourites.

What drives you mad these days?

People who are rude to hospitality staff. There's no need for it. It's nice to be nice.

What makes you happy?

Being outside with friends and eating damn good food and drink.

When was the last time you cried?

Whenever I feel moved

What's your latest musical obsession?

Labi Siffre - I got the blues. So funky.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Went to see I, Daniel Blake at rooftop cinema. Moving, relevant and unfortuantely true for many.

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

Generally secondhand stores or sometimes I'll venture into highstreet stores like and other stories. I've got a new rule that if I buy something new I have to sell something old.

What’s your go-to café in London?

I like to mix it up, there are way too many good ones in London.

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

I love wandering along the canal

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?

I'm pretty good at doing the things I love but I'd love to spend more time at the lidos and wandering round markets

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

I'd take Patti Smith for cocktails at Happiness Forgets then to Troy Bar for some jazz

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

For a roast with my friends, somewhere with a fireplace and good tunes. The Scolt Head is our usual.

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

Abney Park cemetery for a peaceful wander. Full of eerie, beautiful tombs, all a little bit wild and overgrown with a big abandoned non denominational church right in the middle. Perfect for dreamy Sunday mornings.

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

With lots of friends at the swimming ponds in Hampstead Heath with the ultimate picnic and boozy concoctions

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

I'm trying to not say Hackney but lived here the last 2 years and I love it

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

I feel abit out of place in Chelsea

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

Vogue Fabrics for some non stop dancing

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

Visiting my bees in the Nomadic Community Gardens.

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

Guaranteed fun times at Troy bar on a Friday night for Jazz jam sessions

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