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a bit about Max
What do you do and why do you do it?
When I'm not being fabulous or doing random things around town, I work as Digital & Tech Consultant helping companies to be more innovative. I love Tech and I don't think the world is moving fast enough so I'm trying my best to make it better.
Were you born and raised in London? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to London?
I was born in a place most people don’t know or can’t pronounce - Ekaterinburg, Russia. When I was 4, my family moved to Budapest where I spent most of my childhood. Eight years later they relocated to Moscow where I spent a couple of years before moving to London on my own (yes - my parents are cray cray) at the age of 14. I have been here since then. I guess this makes me a real Londoner!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
Hmmm depends on what I’m doing. I love a bit of 80’s if I’m relaxing at home. Classical if I’m working. R’n’B and Hip-Hop if I’m at the gym. Indie Electro if I’m cycling or swimming. A bit of Queen B if I need to get energised! I HATE Heavy Metal and Country music.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
“Lemonade” album by Beyonce cz I ain’t sorry!
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Will and Grace - inspired me as a teenager to be myself, also who doesn’t love Karen! 30 Rock - because Tina Fey is GOD and “I want to go to there” Parks and Recreation - because Amy Poehler is God no. 2 and “Treat Yo Self” Veep - because of the most beautiful cursing GoT - basic
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden - a beautiful garden in Dalston with a cute bar, tasty pizza, fairy lights and occasional gigs. Grab a bottle of prosecco and sit under a tree - let the atmosphere around you do the magic. Perfect in summer. Barbican Conservatory (Winter Garden) - beautiful indoor garden in a brutalist setting. A bit of a hidden gem. A great afternoon tea spot. Only open on Sundays and is perfect for that hangover date. You can also combine it with a gallery visit or a classical concert at the centre to show off how you’re all cultural and shit!
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?
Jennifer Lawrence (not a hero but she’s just hilarious) - and I’d take her to one of my local pubs like the People’s Park Tavern where we’d just spend all day sitting in the beer garden and playing some drunk mini golf.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
They just appear in my closet I swear! But a lot of them appear from COS and UNIQLO
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Something like Clapham or Balham - I'm allergic to it!
Where do you go in London for a casual night out?
If I’m feeling super lazy and I don’t want to go far or stay too late, I go to one of my locals like NT bar or Pub on the Park
Where would you go in London to celebrate some freaking good news?
St John’s restaurant is my go to “treat yo self / celebrate good news” place. It’s super simple and understated but just always brings me joy
What’s your choice of transportation in London and why?
CYCLING because I hate the tube and it's faster
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Walk along the south bank of the river from Tower Bridge to Big Ben
What are the London spots tourists should run from screaming?
Madame Tussaud's - how dumb! Tower of London is a bit meh.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Rio de Janeiro - beach, sun, music, lots of skin, mountains Buenos Aires - steak, wine, tango, people