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What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in digital restaurant marketing. Why? To be involved with a creative industry that centres around my passion for food, that changes with the seasons. Oh, and the daily food tastings only sweeten the deal.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Surely that would mean I had a heart in the first place? I'd take it back to Etta James, Al Green. Soulful, raw emotions. Maybe some Blink 182.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
Anywhere you can escape quickly after finding yourself on a Tinder date. Ideally somewhere not too high up, so I could climb out the window when it goes wrong.
Who’s your hero and where in London would you take them out for a serious hang?
Wes Anderson. We'd go to Frank's Cafe in Peckham for a Spritz and talk about symmetry
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I only really wear dungarees. So anywhere that sells them.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The (not so) wild West.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to Billingsgate market for scallop and bacon rolls at 4am
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in London and where did you get it?
A lot of people consider all of my meals to be very decadent. They're probably right.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?
69 Colebrooke Row, the bar with no name.
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?
South Place Hotel, for just one night and I don't even want to think about how much a suite costs there. The best bit was the bath at the foot of the bed.
What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Roti King, Euston.
Where can you get the best cocktail in London? Which one do you like?
I love the peach bellini at Termini, Soho. The aroma alone is crazy delicious.
Where would you take your partner in London if you wanted to really pamper them?
Where did they take me first?
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Not really a snack but the stuffed olives at The Laughing Heart are my weakness. Deep fried, covered in Thai spiced pork. Oh, and cheese moments, shhh!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?
The Breakfast Club. WHY do people queue for such mediocrity? Sometimes I stand outside, looking at the queue, shaking my head.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in London?
I think people choose style over substance in terms of dining out. I have a huge amount of respect for places like C&R, Yipin and Roti King - they don't look fancy but the food will knock your socks off.
What are the London spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Any park, Victoria Park, Hyde Park, Regent's Park. The expanse of greenery within such a bustling, grey city soothes and mesmerises me. That and the Barbican Conservatory.
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
Why, where am I going? I'd spend it in the park, with my friends, and a cheese-based picnic. Lots of wine.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Barcelona - part beach, part city. The best of both worlds