ask Ruby about
art galleries • museums • parks • theater • asian food • cocktail bars • café
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a Junior Doctor working in the NHS. The rewarding feeling of making people better, and especially using my hands - I want to be a surgeon, is second to none. I see such interesting things and meet incredible people, and the variety of challenges I face everyday keeps me on my toes!
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Old-school R n B everytime!
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I love feel-good comedies! favourites include Friends (I can recite most lines in every single episode before they say in onscreen - thanks to 5pm everyday after school on E4!), Scrubs (scarily in/accurate compared to my real life job...) and a new obsession is Insecure - I love the soundtrack in particular
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
I love art and food, so anywhere that is a combination of the two would be my vote.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I am shamefully mainstream so my favourites are undoubtedly along Oxford Street. I have found some great stuff in Shoreditch in the past too, it's really fun to browse the vintage stalls - although they are harder to find these days as good things are hard to keep a secret!
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Can't really think of one. The best thing about London is the variety of cultures it represents, and how welcoming it is to everyone!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I absolutely love spending time in museums and galleries, and don't get to do that as much as I would like in London. As a result, sometimes I miss out on really great temporary exhibitions - especially with their huge queues! Some amazing ones that I managed to catch in my time in London are the David Hockney at Tate Britain and Alexander McQueen at V&A.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?
Calloo Callay! A quirky themed bar in East London. Previous themes include London Underground and Alice in Wonderland. The decor, menu and drinks all fit the theme and they are always delicious - a definite favourite.
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?
Probably Bob Bob Riccard - the most decadent "push for champagne" button (we pushed far too many times) and lobster/truffle/steak combos, in beautiful interiors. A definite treat!
What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Four Seasons Roast Duck in Chinatown - not so sure about the other dishes but I go for a mix of the roast duck and Char Siu, and it's ALWAYS SO GOOD
Where can you get the best cocktail in London? Which one do you like?
Calloo as above, or Nightjar for fancy decorated drinks - I am a lame sucker for anything that arrives on dry ice or with blue flames popping out of the top! Aqua in the Shard is worth it for the views across London.
Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?
I am a huge foodie, so I would say somewhere lovely to eat - I'd get to pamper myself at the same time which is obviously a plus/the real reason
What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?
Clapham - haven't ever lived there, but it's not that convenient and I don't get the hype... Central London is where my heart lies!
What’s the one place you think is underrated in London?
I have spent much of my time in London in the North, and I do think it's underrated. A lot of people love East London, but I have loved relaxing in Hampstead Heath on a sunny day. There are also so many amazing North London restaurants, including Dotori, Ottolenghi...
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Definitely the tourist spots like Buckingham Palace and Westminster, but also my absolute favourite: Saatchi Gallery. Beautiful contemporary art in great surroundings.