London, United Kingdom
Kate, 32
Designer, explorer, all-round creative
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work as a designer and I love it because it matches my personality. I love being creative and working on different things all of time, each day offers something different and that means I am never bored

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I go a bit 90's girl power with some Christina Aquilera mixed with a bit of Chilli Peppers and Reggae, nothing too sad really I try and go for some uplifting or chill out tunes

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends, Grey's Anatomy and Steptoe and Son! Friends was a classic and so ridiculous half the time it's hard not to love it, and Grey's Anatomy may be completely far fetched but I'm so emotionally invested I can't help but love it haha. Steptoe and son is soooo British I just love the dry humour

Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.

Brick Lane as you have so many options for food places during the day and the vibe down there is great! South Bank is pretty good if the weather is dry as you can walk down the river, which is really impressive. Drinks at East London Liquor Company is always fun and usually a bit different

Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?

David Attenborough! He's had the most amazing life, I would take him to Kew Gardens, Sky Garden, Dalston Curve and then to Richmond Park and just let him talk for as long as I'm allowed to listen

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I buy mainly vintage from Ada's Attic Vintage, from charity shops and shoes from Diego Vanassibara

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

It's London! Never say never....seriously!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Wander and discover, it's so exciting going back to the places I lived in years ago and seeing how they've changed

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in London and where did you get it?

I went to Duck and Waffle for a friend's birthday a couple of years ago and had a pretty lush breakfast of eggs and truffle, and coffee of course :) It wasn't actually too pricey but the views and location are pretty amazing.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?

I love, love, LOVE The Bridge in Dalston, it's a really cool old pub which is the cause of my Espresso Martini obsession

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in London? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I don't really do expensive, but I went to Hoi Polloi, in the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, recently and had the best brunch. They even had a string quartet playing to add to the atmosphere

What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

SÔNG QUÊ CAFÉ in Hoxton doesn't look the best from the outside but seriously try it. It's seriously reasonable and absolutely delicious

Where can you get the best cocktail in London? Which one do you like?

I've already mentioned The Bridge so the next one that comes to mind is Three Eight Four in Brixton is great, I love the decor as well as their Kamm Pisco Ting!

Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?

It would involve a lot of food! Probably start with coffee at Monmouth in Borough Market, maybe grab a snack to fuel us on to Maltby Street Market near Tower of London. Here we would definitely get a couple of dishes and maybe a glass of something to wash it down with. I'd then move us onto Greenwich and have a wander to the observatory and then hop on the boat down the thames to Richmond. From there we could head to Kew Gardens, then to Parsons Green for a snack in Amuse Bouche, then finish the night at Ronnie Scotts for some great music

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Well a few come to mind including a Bakewell Tart (with a cherry), Cornish pasties, Welsh cakes and Cheddar! I'm sure there are more :)

What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?

Leicester Square, it's just so inauthentic and touristy, but you could walk for 5 minutes and find a real gem

What’s the one place you think is underrated in London?

Peckham, although it's picking up. If you live nearby then you probably already know but if not then it's often overlooked. It's got a great mix of stuff going on and so many unique places

What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

100% get a ticket on CityCruises down the Thames, it takes you from Greenwich to Westminster and they won't break the bank either. You get such a different feel of London from the water, although I would always take a jacket, as the best seats are outside. Columbia Road Flower Market is still one of my favourite places in London, so if you're here on a Sunday then stop by before 1pm to really take in the feel of this gem

Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?

Eating and trying to find all the amazing places I know I've still not discovered, then buy a huge box of tissues as I would definitely cry if I couldn't come back

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I can't physically pick just one so my top 2, for now, are Tokyo because it was insane in the best ways and Rome for its spectacular blend of old and new. Then there's the food and both delivered every time, oh and there's a beach about an hour away from both of them #BeachLife

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