London, United Kingdom
Nikki, 40
Marketeer, Lawyer in Training
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a bit about Nikki

What are you working on these days?

I am working at the head office at ODEON Cinemas, in a marketing function. My job involves planning marketing campaigns for one of the biggest film studios in the world.

What drives you mad these days?

Being too busy and disorganised to get on top of things. I always want to be able to fit in everything but feel like I just don’t have enough time to do the things I really love.

What makes you happy?

Hanging with my friends, experiencing all the amazing things London has to offer, whether that’s a new restaurant, show, gig or just simply sitting in a cafe and watching the world go by. I also love spending time with my family.

When was the last time you cried?

The other day, when I was remembering being 11 years old and waking up to the smell of my mums cooking and my dad mowing the lawn. I just recalled how happy I was and how simple everything felt back then!

What’s your latest musical obsession?

GoGo Penguin, New Order, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jamie XX, Ludovico Eunaudi, David Bowie, John Grant and Mogwai.

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

X-Men Apocalypse, because I worked on the film, I got to go to the premiere. I would say I enjoyed it because I was a little bias but it is a fun action movie, that you just don’t have to take seriously! I am a big fan of independent movies but do love Marvel films.

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

I am more of an online girl these days, shopping at The Outnet mainly but if I go shopping, I like to go to Liberty, Selfridges or head to Covent Garden, where there are a number of shops to choose from.

What’s your go-to café in London?

Foxcroft Ginger, just round the corner from me. I go there if I am working from home, and spend a lot of time getting takeaway coffees, if I don’t have time to stop in. They serve some of the best coffee in London.

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

I really love Limehouse because it’s on the water and surrounded by a number of canals. There is also this one street I love, which has really old warehouse buildings, that has not been affected by modernisation. I love walking around the harbour on the weekends, admiring the flats overlooking the water and dreaming I may live there one day. It is also never gets too busy.

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

Going to Notting Hill. I have become a typical Londoner only staying East or going to Soho. I do sometimes go but just not as often as I’d like.

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

Sir David Attenborough. Where do you take a legend like him? I’d probably go to the cafe at The V&A and just chill, listen to his amazing stories. Then of course naturally go next door to the Natural History Museum, hopefully learn something new.

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

A Picturehouse Cinema, or a pub lunch somewhere like The Hemingway and or to The V&A to see an exhibition…. And of course shopping always lifts the soul when it’s raining, and there is nowhere better than an a department store such as Selfridges!!

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

The Mile End Conservation Park. It sometimes creeps me out looking at all the headstones but I lived opposite this place for a while, and used to just walk around here, when I felt like escaping and clearing my head, walking through the woods. It felt special because there were times, I was there totally by myself and would hardly see another soul.

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

A walk in Regents Park, shopping in Liberty’s, afternoon tea at Claridges, a show at The Old Vic or Donmar and dinner at J Sheeky. Why because you need to visit iconic places in London, if it’s your last day!

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

Wapping. I would ensure that all the warehouse buildings remain in tact, build more creative spaces and make sure no city developer bulldozes their way in.

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

Any Wetherspoons Pub or a tacky West End Club.

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

My girlfriends and ahh so many places to choose from. Probably The Artesian Bar at The Langham, dinner at any of the Jason Atherton restaurants (as he is one of my favourite chefs) and maybe a late night drink somewhere like the Rumpus Room, as the views are awesome.

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

When I have the time, I love baking and listening to Six Music. But most of all, I just love experiencing something new, whether thats a play, exhibition, new band, restaurant or new random place. Just going out basically and experiencing something cultural.

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

There isn’t one spot, I just go where my mood takes me. It would just depend on whether I wanted something cultural, more upbeat and fun or just wanted to grab some good food and wine and maybe even dancing. I recently went to Ruby’s Bar in Dalston and really enjoyed it.

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