London, United Kingdom
Laura & Elliot, 32
Retail Managers
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What do you do and why do you do it?

We work for one of the largest, most forward thinking technology companies in the world with a passion for diversity, innovation and people. It was this company that brought us together from opposite sides of the globe in 2015, where we met for the first time on Regent Street.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

We're both pretty lucky and have never really put up with having to have a horrible job! Yet cleaning the toilets in McDonald's back when Laura was 15 was pretty effing bad!

Were you born and raised in London? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to London?

Elliot grew up in Polperro, a beautiful fishing village in Cornwall - lucky he grew out of the Cornish accent before he met Laura. Laura was born and bred in Melbourne, Australia and is lucky enough to have a British passport as her mum was born in England. Work brought us both to London, where we met and now we both live together in Clapham Common.

What’s your current hood in London and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

After living in Bethnal Green for 12 months , Clapham Common was a nice change to say the least (Laura's bike hasn't been stolen yet which is one less than in BG!). We love living in Clapham Common, it's the perfect balance of busy and quiet. It is inhabited by loads of Aussies which means really good cafes and coffee. Clapham Junction, Balham, Battersea and Wandsworth are all in walking distance which means we never need to venture West, East or North of the river. The worst thing is probably that we never want to leave!

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

HATE - Any kind of death metal. Other than that we are open to so many different styles of music. We recently purchased a SONOS Play 5 (must have) and love blasting Apple Music's different music charts at every opportunity.

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

Elliot - John Mayer & Laura - Banks (both albums - she is so moody its fab)

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Any show that has the perfect mix of great acting, great writing and beautiful cinematography: Broadchurch, The Killing, True Detective, The OA, Stranger Things, Gossip Girl & Dawson's Creek (We have the box set)

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

Humble Grape, South Sider Cocktail Bar, Electric Cinema, Rooftop Cinema, Pergola on the roof, Night Tales, Joe Public, Pop Brixton, Maltby Street Market

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Pauline Hanson

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

John Mayer - Blues Kitchen

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

COS, Uniqlo, Top Man, Zara

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

Infernos (nightclub), Bella Italia

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

Take the Thames Link Ferry

Where do you go in London for a casual night out?

Joe Public Pizza followed by Pop Brixton

Where would you go in London to celebrate some freaking good news?

The Roof Top of No.32 The Old Town for drinks

What’s your choice of transportation in London and why?

Tube/Bus & UBER because they are quick easy and good value.

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

Sky Garden, Southbank, Tower Bridge, Hyde Park, A Ride on an open top bus, The Tate Modern

What are the London spots tourists should run from screaming?

Leicester Square, Oxford Circus at the Weekend, Any major restaurant chain!

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

Breakfast at MILK Cafe, Lunch at Maltby Street Market, Dinner at 22 North Street - with a walk along the Southbank, and a trip to the Beavertown Taproom!

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

Stockholm - Its beautiful and flat, take bikes around the town, stopping along the river to have a drink, take a boat trip around the little islands and check out all the cool swedish designed homeware - all in one day because the sun doesn't go down in the summer.

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