ask Nikoo about
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a bit about Nikoo
What are you working on these days?
Lots of painting – been getting some prints ready for my online shop and recently finished a mural. I’ve also been working at a few music festivals, making the most of the very brief English summertime by staying outdoors as much as possible while having a boogie.
What drives you mad these days?
That I’m paying for a gym membership and I haven’t been once.
What makes you happy?
Fresh stationary, dogs, cats, pizza and anything to do with Studio Ghibli.
When was the last time you cried?
I did a little joy-cry on my birthday when I was several Bloody Mary’s deep.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
I mostly listen to podcasts these days – some favourites are Radiolab, This American Life, Love+Radio and Here Be Monsters. But I do always have The Cure on standby.
What was the last movie you watched and was it any good?
‘Anomalisa’ – yes it was brilliant. Charlie Kauffman does it again!
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I’m a bit of a thrift store gal – but when in doubt, just head to Soho.
What’s your go-to café in London?
I go to Blighty Coffee in Finsbury Park a lot when I need to get work done.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
I don’t go to Richmond to walk in the parks as often as I like. It’s a bit of a trek to get there from where I am but it’s always so worth it.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
Probably filmmaker Michel Gondry – I just think he’s a genius. It would be really hard to choose somewhere edgy enough so I’d keep it simple and just take him to my favourite pub, The Faltering Fullback. Or maybe one of those paint-your-own-ceramics cafés… are those still a thing?
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
Without a doubt, The Prince Charles Cinema – you can always count on them to have at least one of your old favourite films screening every week.
What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?
Malaysian-Singaporean restaurant ‘Rasa Sayang’ just off China Town in central. We found it by accident on an hungry-impulse decision and now all I ever want is to eat there.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
My own of course. Haringey forever!
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
Westfield Shopping Centre. Ministry of Sound or any fancy clubs like it.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
Soho, to the nearest cocktail bar with a happy hour with my mates.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
I like being around nature, so going for a longboard in the park is ideal. Or, if it’s summer you’ll find me going to as many music festivals as I can – gotta love an outdoor party.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
Kingsland Road, Dalston. But I don’t really go on many crazy nights out.