London, United Kingdom
Nawal, 30
Product Manager
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a product manager in a startup. I've always love building stuff, let that be in the kitchen, with a sewing machine or with a crochet. I also love startups but I don't have an engineering background so I decided to help tech teams build amazing products. I love understanding what doesn't work with products to improve them and imagine their future so they can continue to grow.

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

Why don't you love me by Beyoncé on repeat

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Tough question. I'd say my top 3 is: Grey's anatomy because I grew up with the show (and I love Shonda Rhimes), Stranger Things (ok I admit it, I'm obsessed at the moment) and my favourite of all time, Game of Thrones (yes I also read the books).

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

I don't do Tinder dates but I'd say 10 cases in Covent garden is a pretty nice spot to get to know each other around a glass (or several glasses) of delicious wine.

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

I few months ago I would have said anywhere outside East London but I just moved West so I guess I'll be bold and answer that I'll go anywhere.

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

I want to visit Kew gardens but for some reason I always find a reason not to go. I guess this is what happens when you live somewhere... I really need to stop procrastinating and go! I already missed a few cool stuff.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in London? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I spent one night at the Connaught, a 5 star hotel in Mayfair. We enjoyed dinner in the restaurant held by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, drinks at the Connaught bar, currently 4th best bar in the world and breakfast in Jean-Georges's restaurant. The whole experience must have cost around 1600£ but I was lucky I didn't have to pay for it ;)

Where can you get the best cocktail in London? Which one do you like?

For an amazing custom made Martini I'd head to the Connaught bar. Shoreditch might be the best place to head for cocktails with bars such as Nightjar, Callooh Callay or Satan's Whisker but being French I'm more into wine so I don't really have a favourite.

Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?

My boyfriend collects sneakers and is a big fan of Supreme so I'd take him shopping in Soho with a special stop at Dover Street Market.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

JAFFA CAKES! Other countries have tried to imitate but Jaffa Cakes are still the best. I also love mince pies during the Christmas period.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?

Oxford street without a doubt.

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

I'd wake up and head to my local pub for a light brunch before going to one of London's beautiful parks for long walk. If'm in Victoria Park I'd check out to the Sunday market to have a something sweet (hello little cannoli or mini scone) and admire the magical seasonal produce from the farmer's market. If'm in Regent's park I'd walk to Dominique Ansel's bakery to have a pastry. I might try to squeeze in a little walk by the Thames just to see it one last time. I'd finish the day by treating myself to an insanely good restaurant that's still on my "to try " my list.

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

Before I lived in London I used to say London so now I need to find a new one... I think it's New York now.

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