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Do’s and don’ts in London: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Make sure you have your Oyster topped up for your bus ride, as drivers won't sell tickets inside the bus.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
I am quite easy and inexpensive. Normally it ends up being around 20/25£ for dinner and then 15£ for 2 or 3 pints after. So, around 40£.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Neil Young because he's the coolest, Nick Cave because he writes the best lyrics , J Mascis because he's got the most unique voice.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
BANK. You can really smell and see the pollution there, and there isn't actually a lot to see there, unless finance is your thing (my brother seems to love it).
What’s the one place in London you think is underrated?
Hackney Marshes in East London. A bit out of the way and not many people know about it, but it's amazing. So peaceful and there is barely any people there. Huge green space. I used to go there for a run and to do some exercise and always felt so relaxed afterwards.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in London?
Dixy Chicken is a classic, but I understand that fried chicken might not be for everyone, so I would say that Ali Baba in Dalston does wonders. Seeing the staff preparing the food from the window was somehow therapeutic.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
I am going to say wake up late and have a long and warm brunch in one of the places I recommend :D and then use the tube (because it's going to be boiling) and move to a museum ( I would say TATE, but I am suspicious) that will take you a few hours, so then go and eat again in a nice warm place and if you still have time go and see a nice film in a authentic cinema (I have a few of those in my map) and done, cold weather avoided.
Your go-to brunch spots:
Breakfast Club in Hoxton was one of the first places I got introduced when I first moved to London and while it's a bit hipster and overpriced it offers some good American brunch flavours.
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
It's hard to pick a place so I am going to say Leather Lane Market during the week in Clerkenwell with street food stalls from all over the world. And Whitecross Street Market between Old St. and the Barbican, with the same all over the world foods like Leather Lane. Both have prices around 6£ which it's very good for London.
You’re meeting the mayor of London - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Definitely better roads. I cycle pretty much everyday and the holes and irregularities are so annoying that ruin the whole experience.