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Loyse, 38
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What are you working on these days?

At the moment I am building a healthy food business with a friend…We are taking part of a food business course. I will not tell you more as we are still in the brainstorming process ; ) It would be a dream if we could make it happen!

What drives you mad these days?

I work in a shop part time and sometimes some very rich and uneducated customers come in, they are always in a hurry and treat me like I was a ghost or a machine. London is getting warmer which is lovely so everybody is taking picnics in the park, some people have no respect for the nature and leave empty bottles and trash everywhere, each time I see that, it shocks me. If only each one of us would contribute in making our planet cleaner it would help.

What makes you happy?

Dancing makes me the happiest and I always find an excuse for that… in the shower in the morning to wake up, after dinner for digestion or at a boring party to boost the energy! It makes me feel alive and helps me to let go! One song that I love to dance to is the Nina Simone “Ain’t got no, I got life”, it makes me feel grateful for what I have and to be the way I am and embrace it! Making people laugh also makes me the happiest!

When was the last time you cried?

I am a very emotional person so I often cry and laugh and sometimes for no specific reason. Once I cried after seeing an exhibition about Matisse’s cut-outs, I was so touched by the Artist and how he created such masterpieces in the last years of his life from his wheelchair.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

At the moment I am listening to Prince all the time as he unfortunately left us… I grew up listening to him, David Bowie and Queen, because my father was a big fan and would play them all the time! Prince wrote a song for Annie Lennox called “nothing compares to you” – one of the most beautiful songs ever!

What was the last movie you watched and was it any good?

The last movie I saw was Dheephan directed by a French director Jacques Audiard, it has won the Oscar this year. It’s a very intense and realistic movie about three Sri Lankan refugees living in a Parisian suburb. The acting was brilliant but the movie was a bit too violent to my taste.

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

I enjoy second hand clothing and I would go to Portobello road where there are some great gems. For the summer I love the brand that belongs to the sister of my good Greek friend; it’s called “Athena Procopiou”, she makes amazing summer dresses with fantastic patterns. One of my friend is a designer in London and I love wearing his eccentric outfits such as a watermelon dress, it’s called “The Rodnick Band”. For shops, I would go to “& Other stories” or “Hoss intropia” on Kings Road.

What’s your go-to café in London?

I really enjoy meeting a friend for a glass of wine at Cafe Zedel as it reminds me a lot of Parisian cafes. It’s a very convenient place as it’s in Piccadilly circus so it’s always an easy spot for people to come. Another place is the creperie in South Kensington where they make the best chocolate waffles ever and fresh juices.

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

I really enjoy going to Hampstead, I love the park as it’s one of the wildest in London, I always get lost in it. The neighborhood is also very cute with stunning houses facing the park,lots of famous people live there such as Jude Law or Gwyneth Paltrow. On the main High street there is “la creperie de Hampstead” it’s a very cute food truck where they do delicious sweet and savory pancakes, my favorite is the asparagus one!

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

What I love about London is the freedom you have; you could actually go out dressed as a pineapple or in your pyjamas and nobody would look at you as if you were insane. Would love to go out dressed as a fluorescent flamingo!

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I have lots of heroes in my life but if I would pick one it would be the American director Wes Andersson as I love his movies and his universe. I would bring him to the Woleseley restaurant in Green park for some High tea as it’s one of my favorite places and I know he would love the design and would love to even film a scene there.

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

I would go to the Tate modern or The Royal academy and see a great exhibition. The last one I saw was the Gardens from Monet to Matisse.

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

Near my house there is a little square (Cremorne Gardens) where I sometimes go to read a book and there is a special bench surrounded by trees and leaves, I love that place, very meditative…!

If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I would first go to Richmond Parks as it’s my second favorite after Hampstead , you can see some wild deers running around….After that I would do a Facial treatment at Aesop in the village of Richmond. Then for lunch I will go to The Petersham Nurseries, it’s a plant filled restaurant in a glass house. I will have an ice cream at Gelateria Danieli. I will go back to the center of London and watch the sunset on the Thames….and see an exhibition at the Tate modern.

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

Mayor of Chelsea why not 😉 very glamorous! I would make the whole area forbidden to cars so we can have a healthier life without pollution and being able to cycle everywhere without fear!

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

Oxford Circus, I rarely happen to be there, I find that area so stressful and too crowded sometimes there is traffic of people!

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

I would go with my best girl friends on a rooftop in Shoreditch at the Boundary and have a lovely fresh Thyme Gin & Tonic!

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

I love doing some Life drawing class. There are lots of places that offer that in London. I tend to go to one in Bethnal green. During two hours a model poses in various positions and everyone is extremely concentrated on their art piece and draw freely in complete silence. I love to go there with my earphones and listening to Sigur Ros or Radiohead while drawing, very calming and inspirational!

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

I would go to a salsa dancing place in Camden town with some girl friends. Lots of men invite you and you can really learn more salsa moves! Otherwise I would do a thing called 5 Rhythm dance in Vauxhall, it’s a very hippie dance thing.Where everybody dances the way they feel for two hours. The aim is to completely let go of yourself!

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