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What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a full time traveler, a wanderer, a curious mind. I travel to seek freedom from where I am from, to become a nomad, a citizen of the world. I travel to be asked "what does your tattoo say?" and to answer "existential" because it's a vow both to my entity who likes to live in the sky & my persona who in the search of her own meaning. In 2010 I founded Çok Gezenler Kulübü (Globe-Trotters’ Club) with 324K followers on Instagram, which is a travel project focusing on local & urban life in the cities. London is the city I live in because its cosmopolite, creative, and productive...
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Laura Marling - Darkness Descends / Roseaux - Walking on the Moon / Cue - Roda / Melody Gardot - Impossible Love / Chet Baker - I Fall in Love to Easily / Stella Starlight Trio - Tainted Love /Salif Keita - Yamore / Tom Waits - Alice / Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees / Sioen - Cruisin
What are the best TV shows of all time?
To me these are the shows i keep watching over & over again.. Soo... Lie To Me / Sex and the City / How I Met Your Mother / Skins / Mad Man / Seinfeld / Suits / Law and Order / The Killing and recently Broadchurch!
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
Frank's Cafe or Bar Story, Peckham / The Talbot, De Beauvoir / Sager & Wilde, Hackney / Grow, Hackney Wick / Andina, Soho / Sodo, Clapton / Claude's Kitchen, Parsons Green / Counter Culture, Clapham Common / Effra Social, Brixton / The Prince, Stokey
Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?
Well, let's go with a living role model. I would like to guide Anthony Bourdain around South London streets. And then we'll go to discover Dorset, Exmouth, Plymouth, St Ives coasts.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I always check Urban Outfitters, All Saints, Zadig & Voltaire racks... And also Beyond Retro in Stokey, Rokit at Covent Garden, Hub at Church Street understands my style.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
To visit Natural History Museum. There is always too much line. Maybe there should be a day for Londoners only =)
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in London and where did you get it?
I'm vegan so i'm always in the search for "i wanna go at least once a week" kind of place. I would say Morty & Bob's in Netil House has a creative salad every day & great music to keep you company.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?
Original Sin at Stokey. It has 1950's American movie vibe.
What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Where can you get the best cocktail in London? Which one do you like?
I'm a bloody marry connoisseur. So here is my 3 favorite spots for you: Little Bird, Maltby Street Market 2. The Good Egg, Stokey 3. The Dove, Broadway Market.
Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Well. London is a multicultural city. This is one of the reasons we love it here. I would say dumplings is a must. My Neighbours The Dumplings at Clapton is one of my favorites. And also don't forget to stop by at Maltby Street Market on Saturdays for gyozo. I'm originally from Turkey. If you want something Turkish, except kebabs, try vegan Cigkoftem at Harringay.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?
Albion. It used to be good, now i feel it's just meh.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in London?
Everyone goes to Hyde Park, a long walk from Victoria Park to Angel makes my day actually.
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Tate Modern. Sunset at Millennium Bridge. Walk on the Southbank. Borough Market. Hampstead Hill. Notting Hill market. Saturdays at Broadway Market. Kew Gardens. A show at Sadler's Wells.
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
I would walk! From Walthamstow Wetlands to London Bridge, and from there to Peckham. This is the city that makes you walk more and more everyday, surrounded by green parks & blue sky (they say it rains a lot but it's not true anymore)
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Bali. It just makes me feel free. Like i can move in there & spend the rest of my life learning how to surf, drinking coconut juice & watching the sunset.