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Leeya, 28
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a bit about Leeya

What are you working on these days?

My dissertation. It’s torture in a good way. Soon it will all be finished and i’ll get round to doing all the stuff I love but don’t have time for-like joining a choir!

What drives you mad these days?

When British drivers swear at me because i cross the street slowly- it’s like dude relaxxxx

What makes you happy?

LIVE MUSIC, and suddenly discovering a tune with insane energy that gets me dancing all day. The problem is that once i get hooked on a tune i can’t stop listening to it and then i kill it, i need to learn how to stop doing that.

When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday, i was watching a disney film. It tends to happen a lot.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Today it’s JD reid-roshi. But really it could be anything, my taste changes all the time. So now i’m getting really into grime but like two months ago i was totally hooked on banghra.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Nainly COS, the best shop in the world. minimalistic and unrevealing yet SEXY. And the vintage in london is great too.

What’s your go-to café in London?

Fernandez and Wells on Denmark street. Good coffee, good Spanish food and perfect for a Sunday hangover.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in London?

Soho, trendy even without gentrification! Its got a really uncool cool and it doesn’t feel forced. Remember Berwick street if you’re into records.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?

I’ve seen other people do it but I haven’t done it myself and I’m dying to- kayaking on Regents canal. Perfect.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

I’d go watch a movie at Curzon, an indie cinema that screens really great films.

What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?

This place is a real gem so I hope you appreciate me sharing it- ‘Cafe Cairo’ is a bar in Clapham and its a really magical place. Super yummy drinks (order the rum-ginger), an adjacent shisha tent that’s super cosy and a basement dancefloor for DJ sets and live music. It’s decorated perfectly, the staff is super friendly and the music is diverse. I’ve been going for years

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I’d go for Camden, and try to restore it to it’s former glory. You know, more the clash and less one direction t-shirts. Not that I have anything against one-direction, but no one needs that many one-direction t-shirts. honestly.

What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

PICCADILLY CIRCUS, CAMDEN MARKET, BRICK LANE. There are just too many people. And Piccadilly Circus specifically has literally no personality.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I’d go see some music with my friends! Recently my best friend came to visit after a year I hadn’t seen her- and we met at an Omar Souleyman and Clap! Clap! concert. I was standing there in the venue waiting.. And suddenly I saw her! With clap!clap! In the background, It was the perfect reunion and listening to omar on top of that just made it so much better. But if not music then it would probably have to be food. You know us Jews, we love to celebrate with food.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Live music, collecting and discovering new artists, and dancing the night away. London for me has been all about the music. The possibilities here are endless, and people just make really good music here and I love it.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

I would normally choose my night out according to the line-up, not the venue. The music I love is mostly played around brixton, so that’s where i always aim for. But I don’t discriminate.

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