London, United Kingdom
Rob, 28
Product Manager at VC
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a Product Manager at a Venture Capital Fund where I help them design new products and launch new companies. It's basically all the fun of founding your own Start Up, but you have a much bigger team to work with.

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

I would probably just hit up my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist and hope for the best!

What are the best TV shows of all time?

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Wire, The Office, and of course the one and only Great British Bake Off

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

I'm personally not a huge fan of Tinder, but date spots have to be anywhere along the Thames, as there are so many choices. Plus, who doesn't like a romatic walk along the river at night!

Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?

Elon Musk as to be up there with one of the most incredible and influential people alive at the moment. I guess the Science Museum would be appropriate but a drink at Sushi Samba would probably go down pretty well too.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Pretty much exclusively UniQlo, Adidas and Nike

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

Honestly, every area in London has some pretty great places, but Westfields Stratford is just the worst. Please never go there. Ever.

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

I've always wanted to take a helicopter ride across London, but have sadly never been able to afford to do it!

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in London and where did you get it?

I've had an incredible 3 course dinner at The Shard to celebrate a friend launching her company. That was outrageously expensive, but the views definitely​ made up for it.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?

Discount Suit Company is incredible, and not very well known either. It's hidden underneath an old suit store in a rather sketchy street in the back streets of Spitalfields.

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'm much more of a cheap eats kind of person, but I have been to a few rather fancy events at Hotels where each table cost upwards of £10k. Thankfully I wasn't paying.

What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

There's a load of permanent food stalls in Spitalfields Market which are crazy cheap and delicious. You have to try the jerk chicken from there.

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

Drinks at The Curtain (a members club in London) are always pretty incredible and less busy than the crazyness of Shoreditch at night. I always go for the classic Old Fashioned.

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

Breakfast in the Sky Garden is an amazing experience especially if you line it up with the sunrise. A mimosa and Eggs Benedict has to be the best way to start the day?

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

Kinder Bueno is the one.

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

Brick Lane. There are​ honestly so many better places to go than there. The market is full of tourists and the majority of the shops aren't that great. PLus never, ever go there at the weekend unless you fancy walking at a snails pace.

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

Hackney and the surrounding area is starting to become a pretty amazing place, and it's a lot quieter​ than Shoreditch

What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Walking from Tower Bridge all the way to Hackney via Shoreditch, Columbia Road, Broadway Market, London Fields gives you a proper feel of east London.

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

Helicopter ride around London, followed by dinner at Dishoom.

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

Impossible to say! But NYC is the ultimate city to go to, so I would have to say there. I'm more up for travelling in smaller secluded places.

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