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middle eastern food • japanese food • sushi • climbing walls • parks • gourmet coffee • coffee shop
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Product Manager (I work in software development), but I like to think of myself as a magician, because what I really do is magic! I talk to people and they go "what if..." and we dream up these amazing things that later I, together with my wonderful team build! And people love it! In my spare time, when I'm not doing magic, I travel; Equipped with a film camera I travel this city, I travel this country, and I travel the world. I go wherever the flavours take me.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Whatever it is, it's not Justin Bieber.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Supernatural and The Vikings
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
Berber & Q - Shawarma Bar - loud enough to make the awkward silent moments less awkward, the food is amazing, and if it doesn't work out, there are plenty of things near by to heal your broken heart
Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?
Spock. We'd end up at Four Thieves in Battersea where we'd spend the whole day playing vintage arcade games, crazy golf and maybe pinball. I'd let him win, i think.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Oh this? It's a casual combination of ASOS and Retro (it's a cool shop in London). And these fabulous galaxy socks are from the outer space of the internet (getit ;) ?)
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Anything west of Feltham. My Oyster card won't let me.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Just get lost in it. Especially in the older part of London. Put down your map, and your phone, and just take random turns. and don't forget to look up, and around. Or take free walking tour, that way you get to walk around AND be told about the history. It's fantastic
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in London and where did you get it?
Lamb Brain curry on Brick Lane. Roasted tarantula covered in chocolate in Selfridges.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?
The Jam Tree Clapham. Without ruining the surprise... Just go for the book case. I'll leave the rest up to you. It's got a games table and a patio too!
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?
L'Autre Pied in Marylebone. I had a £72 seven-course vegetarian tasting menu. Service was outstanding, the food was very interesting.
What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
La Pizzeria Italiana in Catford. It's set in a brutalist building that looks just awful, something out of George Orwell's 1984, the kind of building that you wish had never been built. But once you're in, the food is unbelievable. Franco (the owner) has solid specials (squid ink tagliatelle, or the fish stew mmm). That will be the most delicious Italian food you've tasted. Better than anything you've had in Italy!
Where can you get the best cocktail in London? Which one do you like?
I hear Cocktail Trading Company is all the rage. Go there for experience, not just a drink. I myself stick to sparkling water nowadays, but White Russian used to be my favourite.
Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?
I'd take them to Sky Garden for an amazing view, and then to a Big Easy for a finger-lickin'-good Lobster (can't go wrong)
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Salt and Vinegar or Prawn Cocktail or Worcester sauce crisps (or chips to the rest of the world). Brits are big on their crisps. I saw a Squirrel Flavoured or Haggis Flavoured ones too. Worcester sauce or Haggis flavoured win!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?
Oxford Street and Madame Tussauds. Just don't.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in London?
one place? you kidding me? Kyoto Garden at sunrise (Holland Park) and Little Venice
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Go for a stroll in Fitzrovia and Marylebone (they blend into one another) - historic neighbourhoods that are filled with cute little cafes and restaurants. Look out for purple plaques on the houses on every corner. There's even a house where the Queen was born. Gorgeous part of town!
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
Watch the sunrise at Sky Garden, have breakfast at the Ozone, spend the afternoon in Richmond park, have a lunch at Koshari street, watch the sun set at South bank, have dinner at Berber and Q and end it at the Royal Observatory while stargazing.... if there was traffic, i'd have to make a plan B
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Barcelona - the architecture, the food and the sun. I'd probably die of over-eating