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a bit about Samson
What do you do and why do you do it?
Consultant by day and foodie and explorer by night (also on those days-off). Theres a bit of blogging as well (outofofficeldn.com) - its all about food and travel!
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Cold calling new clients (literally ringing up strangers) - its so awkward!
Were you born and raised in London? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to London?
Born in Hong Kong, raised up in the Midlands, spent my university years in Canterbury and currently working in London.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
Love indie rock. Hate metal.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
"Wings" - Birdie
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Master of None - really makes you think about everyday interactions. It is current, modern and really funny!
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
On my first date with my girlfriend, we took a long walk along South Bank after dinner - excellent night views and perfect for that getting to know each other setting. The many musicals and theater shows are great options for Tinder dates too! Don't forget to grab a quick bite at any upcoming and trendy restaurants in Soho before heading to your shows.
Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?
Edwin van der Sar or Sir Alex - Two of my footballing heros. Great leaders and great minds. Would love to take them to Milroy's for a good old scotch and chat about their sporting achievements and stories.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
London Marathon - As a regular jogger, the marathon would be a great achievement. Just never get the time to train for it!
Where do you go in London for a casual night out?
Cork & Bottle - A very nice little hidden French wine bar in central London. Head down the little stairs and you will be transformed into a little Paris-like underground wine bar! It is really cosy and comfortable and has some really good food. Try out their ham and cheese pies and the cheese board. Their wine selection is extensive as well! A perfect place for groups, dates or a good catch up with friends!
Where would you go in London to celebrate some freaking good news?
El Gaucho - This Argentinian steakhouse offers the best steaks in town. Start the meal off with their incredible breads, before digging into their chimichurri marinated steaks. They are so juicy, flavourful and tasty. The slick interiors makes it a little fancy spot for celebrating some good news!
What’s your choice of transportation in London and why?
The tube gets you to pretty much anywhere in London but it's so hot and stuffy in there in the summer. I really like the bus - takes a little longer but you get to see the best of London fly pass and catch a glimpse of what is happening in London.
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Primrose Hill - start your afternoon with a wonder around Regent's park, maybe even pop by the London Zoo. Then head north towards the hill and hike to the top. Spectacular views of the city skyline and it is even better at sunset! Make sure you bring a bottle of wine and just chill while that sun comes down.
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
I'll start off the day early with a big brunch at Honey & Co, best Israeli meal in town - mini mezzes and delicious mains. Next would be a nice long walk around London - Primrose Hill, by the river and getting lost anywhere. Afternoon tea will be calling - somewhere fancy for scones, tea and jam! The evening would be a relaxing one of scotch, wine and probably a nice steak!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Tel Aviv - one of the best places I have visited. Its such a relaxed and chilled place, great for culture, views and amazing food. Walk along the beautiful beach and take a tour of historic Old Jaffa, before heading for some incredible hummus. It is a city that is full of surprises and just really relaxed and loads of fun!