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a bit about Maayan
What are you working on these days?
events! Consumer, private, commercial. I’m also working on my tan every chance I get.
What drives you mad these days?
The recent Brexit vote. Speaking to people who vote with no prior research. Also selfish people, with no spacial awareness on tubes or the street. I fucking hate that.
What makes you happy?
Feeling free! Completely at ease in the environment and catching that moment when you realise that your mood has changed and you are now, officially, happy.
When was the last time you cried?
Speaking to an old friend who had got in touch with some good news.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I love boutique hopping IRL, but i’m an online shopper at heart. I love it when I receive packages- it’s like sending yourself a present (I always choose the free gift wrap). Favourite stores? Acne, apc, Cos, Other Shop, GoodHood, Ymc, carhartt, Pam pam for trainers.
What’s your go-to café in London?
Doppio in Kentish Town- it’s a coffee warehouse and my favourite. If I’m out and about in town though, Favourite places include Monmouth Coffee and Bar Termini (great £1 espressos).
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in London?
Clerkenwell area has lots of beautiful cobbled streets and is home to great architecture, bars and good restaurants. I love Jerusalem Passage and the walk up to St. Johns St.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
Go to one of the outdoor swimming pools or Hampstead Ponds. It’s rare to get a proper hot day but it’s always on my list for when it is.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
I’ve Gertrude Stein - she’s definitely a hero. I would take her to Goldsboro Books, who specialise in rare and first editions books, ask her to pick out her favourite literary works. Then take her to Rules, the oldest restaurant in London. The walls are covered in drawings from iconic literary talents, actors and journalists that have visited here, so she’d fit right in. After a few drinks, she would open up and share stories about the people she hosted in her Salon and maybe get some insight to her influence on 20th Century literature. I’d also get her tips on making the perfect Pimms (her favourite).
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
Nothing wrong with A duvet day... but cinemas are always a good shout- Everyman or Prince Charles Cinema round the back of China Town for a film, then dim sum at Dumplings Legends. Perfect on a Sunday. Or the pub 🙂
What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who knows this, but a favourite street is Artillery Passage in Whitechapel. The shop fronts haven’t changed much since the 18th century- an untouched bit of London. One of Jack the Rippers victims was found at one end of it and in the winter months you can really imagine the scene.
If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
I’d go for a walk on south bank, always in awe when I see the london sites, they are easy to forget when you live here. then venture to Victoria Park and have a picnic with all the people I love. Move onto drinks round Broadway or Exmouth market and a vibey after-party at a friends place.
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
any franchise bars in central London actually.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
Probably dinner out or at my apartment with close friends and lots of wine.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
I love hosting and cooking for friends. Travelling, books and films are a few of my biggest love affairs.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
Meet with good friends at a bar or pub and then on to where the night takes us.. thats the beauty of london. You don’t need to plan a night out- it happens when you least expect it.