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What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Such a hard question. What do you want from London? Tourism - Climb to the top of St Paul's, Visit the British Museum, Take the (non-tourist) River Boat; Shopping - Harvey Nichols, a trip down Regent Street and a mooch through Covent Garden; Drinker - Checkout the Beer Mile of Bermondsey; Clubber - I'm rubbish on clubs - sorry!
Do’s and don’ts in London: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Try the London Cycle Hire scheme. Super easy to use and can even pre-book a bike on the app. Public transport is very easy to use - especially if you have a "contactless card", you don't need to get any form of ticket, just touch and go. Black cabs are great but INCREDIBLY expensive.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in the charity sector as an advocate. I persuade people in government and politics to support humanitarian causes. I do it because I want to help others live better lives.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
It varies massively but if I was having a few drinks with friends and perhaps some food, I'd reckon £30-40.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Bob Dylan; Foo Fighters; Nile Rodgers.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
During the day, check our somewhere like Portobello Road or Clerkenwell (the radical soul of London); At night... come down to Brixton and party till the stars go to bed.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I'm not a big one for West London to be honest! Not sure I'd spend a lot of time in Chelsea.
What’s the one place in London you think is underrated?
The City. Yes it's full of suits during the week but it's laced with history everywhere you look.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Check out my map!
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in London?
I'm not entirely proud to say this but I think that since Five Guys invaded London, we've been better off.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Get warm inside. Head to the Holly Bush in Hampstead and get close to the fire. Or go underground at Gordon's Wine Bar.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
I love taking people from countries with less "esteemed" history to old bars and pubs like the George at London Bridge. I guess it depends on what you call impress!
Your go-to brunch spots:
I like brunch but I can't say it's the most important meal of the day for me! You're going to have to ask this of someone else.
Your perfect night out in London includes:
An early afternoon start at the Duke of Edinburgh in Brixton, a round of golf at Swingers in Shoredtich, Drinks at the new Goose Island Brewpub.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
The top of St Paul's - yes, it's obvious but so few people do it. Also, book ahead (before you get here and go to the Sky Garden).
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Benito's Hat. Yes, they are a chain but if you want some quick food, you can't beat this Mexican group with outlets in West End and Central London.
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
Watching a Waterloo sunset.
You’re meeting the mayor of London - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Further expansion of the cycle way schemes is necessary.