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The Towpath Cafe

My London… with Shula Cara

Shu lives in London and always has the best tips of where to go for a fun time. Also, her tweets are always bloody hilarious. So I was very pleased when she said she’d take part in the My London… series.

Name – Shula Cara
Job  – PA & Office Manager
Neighbourhood –  Pinner. The deepest, darkest NW London. Hopefully not for much longer!

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I love London because… There’s something around every corner if only you take the time to notice it. My office used to be the Pink Floyd recording studio! Also, last week I sat on the tube and sat opposite a couple reading. She was engrossed in Fifty Shades of Grey and he was perusing the Bible. I can’t imagine that happening anywhere else.

London is at its best when… You’ll laugh but I’d have to say during the tube strike a few weeks ago! Nobody knew where they were going and were forced to actually talk to each in order to find out how to get to work. How often do you talk to people during your daily commute?  The weather was great, so nobody minded walking AND I discovered a bunch of hidden gems around Angel that I’d never noticed before, despite travelling there every day – albeit underground.

My ideal day off in London would be…  Waking up early, managing to snag a fresh doughnut at 1235 Doughnuts (sadly no more behind the yellow door on a Sunday).  Obviously it would be sunny, so I’d sit outside somewhere like the Towpath Cafe with a good book and a great cup of coffee, watching the world go by. I’d visit somewhere like the Geffrye Museum or Hackney City Farm then head to the nearest Street Feast with friends. After that, it would be time to stop for a spritz on Broadway Market. Cocktails at the Cat and Mutton, and I’d end the night at Hip Hop Karaoke with my oh-so-special rendition of Nasty Girl, some wild dancing. Then sleep.

The Towpath Cafe
The Towpath Cafe

 I absolutely love this little-known place… well, technically not little known, but I love 69 Colebrooke Row, The Blind Pig and the bar at the Zetter Townhouse. Perfect for dates and a drink or two.  Also, the Conservatory at the Barbican, I think it’s only open on Sundays

The Conservatory at the Barbican
The Conservatory at the Barbican

The best night I’ve ever had in London was… A boy once took me to Bourne and Hollingsworth for cocktails and then onto Hip Hop Karaoke at Little Social. An unusual mix but the best fun I’d had in a long time!

My favourite restaurant is… Again, I can’t choose just one. I eat out a lot because I work in hospitality and have had some incredible meals at Morito, Locanda Locatelli, 10 Greek Street and Clove Club. Sharing a pizza at Homeslice is always fun and if I could ever get a table at Sushi Tetsu, I’m sure I’d love that too.

If I had £2000 to blow, I’d spend it all in… restaurants and bars with my friends. I’d probably buy a pair of shoes at Liberty too, then fall over in them.

Royal College of Surgeons museum, the Hunterian
Royal College of Surgeons museum, the Hunterian

My favourite museum/gallery/theatre is… the Hunterian, the contents of which are partly grotesque, but totally amazing. It’s the kind of place that will either fascinate you or make you a little sick. Technically not theatre, but Secret Cinema events are always fun. Anything at the Southbank Centre. I was taken to a Pippilotti Rist exhibition a while ago and that was awesome.

A Secret Cinema event
A Secret Cinema event

One thing I didn’t know about London until I lived here is... I’ve lived here all my life (apart from a brief hiatus in Nottingham that we don’t mention). A thing that other people don’t know is how close all the tube stations are to each other. Walking is infinitely more enjoyable than sitting on a cramped train during rush hour.

London is great, but one thing that really annoys me is… Can I have more than one? People that swing their golf umbrellas and tourists that take photos with iPads, for some reason that really bugs me. Oh, and the obvious one – slow walkers!

I’ll leave London when… I die. I love my city. I’ve lived here 25 years and haven’t discovered even half of it yet.

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My London… with Rupert Cross

For me, if I like someone I mock them. It’s perhaps not a great trait, but growing up with two older brothers has meant that it’s the way I communicate my friendship. If I feel comfortable around someone and like them, I will tease them and joke around with them.

When I first met Rupert he was wearing heavy-framed glasses, which were without lenses. Like a red rag to a bull (I’m the bull in this scenario), right away I started mocking him, and there started our friendship of me cruelly taunting him and him being generous enough to laugh along (and maybe cry himself to sleep at night). As a firm part of my north London circle, no pub visit is complete without Rupert blustering in an hour late, shouting “Darling! How are you?” while wearing some chunky knitwear.

Here Rupert, ever-tolerant and entertaining, talks football pubs, his karaoke track of choice and trying to illegally board a train bound for Paris…

Name: Rupert Cross
Job: Composer
Neighbourhood: Holloway

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I love London because… it’s a  giant smörgåsbord of everything from architecture to the arts.
London is at its best when… nippy springtime gives way to full blown barbecue summer. The mood of London is epitomised by the 10 people opposite you on the tube, and in summer they look like they may just make eye contact and smile. You can almost forgive the guy wearing his shiny new Ray-Ban sunglasses underground – although seriously: never be that guy.
The Swimmer on Eburne Road
The Swimmer on Eburne Road

My ideal day off in London would be… a Saturday. I dream of this perfect day of waking up not too hungover, opening the windows to sunshine before writing music throughout the morning. Content with a hard day’s work by midday, I head to lunch at the Swimmer at The Grafton Arms pub in Holloway, where Laila and Jon [the staff] greet me and my friends like the opening from Cheers. Sitting outside drinking pints of Brugse Zot, my friends and I discuss where to watch the afternoon’s football – a debate utterly irrelevant as The Tollington Arms on Hornsey Road is excellent and we’ll be going here. As this is a fantasy day, we watch Manchester United not lose horribly and all my Arsenal supporting friends break down in tears, admitting they have been closet Reds all along.

The evening will end with karaoke, probably in the Birdcage in Columbia Road, so the post football journey is all about the most exotic and exciting route to take. Along that route is The Lamb on Holloway Road which has an excellent selection of local beers and the staff are impeccably friendly. By 9pm I’m panicking that it’s getting late and I need to submit my karaoke song choice so we all cab it to Shoreditch. I’m in luck – they always have space for R Kelly’s “Ignition” (Remix).
In this perfect day I probably have a dog, and his name is Marco Fu.

I absolutely love this little-known place… called Shoreditch. I think it’ll catch on.

The best night I’ve ever had in London was… one that ended at 8am at St Pancras International pleading with the ticket office to let us on a train to Paris without our passports. At the time I imagined it looking more Withnail and I than Fear and Loathing. Now I’m not too sure.

L'atelier de Joel Robuchon
L’atelier de Joel Robuchon
My favourite restaurant is… L’atelier de Joel Robuchon in town. I had never eaten in a Michelin-starred restaurant before and a deal had arisen on Toptable for this restaurant. Although it was clear to everyone there that our wine-less, shared starter, shared desert, 2-for-1 mains order was designed to absolutely minimise the overall cost of eating at the restaurant, the staff were kind and courteous throughout which left me with a strong desire to return.
If I had £2000 to blow, I’d spend it all in… Borough Market, and if I’m honest, two thirds of that will be on cheese. Anything left over will be spent in Bang Bang, a vintage clothes shop in Soho where I can safely say that pretty much all of my clothes are purchased from. Not underwear, that would be weird.
My favourite museum/gallery/theatre is… Oval House theatre in Oval. They very kindly gave me one of my first breaks in theatre, and the team that run it work incredibly hard providing opportunities for youth in South London.
The Hoxley & Porter on Upper Street
The Hoxley & Porter on Upper Street

One thing I didn’t know about London until I lived here is… the best espresso martini is made at The Hoxley & Porter in Upper Street.

London is great, but one thing that really annoys me is… when bus drivers don’t wave to each other when they pass one another. There is no excuse for this.

I’ll leave London when… I’ve had the perfect day mentioned above, but luckily my non-Manchester United-supporting friends are so entrenched in denial that this could take years.

You can follow Rupert on Twitter at @Rupertx
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My London… with Camilla Brown

You know you’ve found a friend for life when you’re running through Vauxhall Station at midnight, both dressed as brides (neither of us were getting married, it might surprise you to learn) shouting “ALAN!” at the tops of your voices. This person to me is Camilla (along with a few other blushing brides). There is NEVER a dull moment with her around, and she has a unique perspective on life (she once tried to compliment one of my friends by telling him, “You’re the exact opposite of Will Smith”). So it’s no surprise to see her go from strength to strength in her career too and become the PR guru she is today. Now running her own agency, I thought she’d know some great London places and she agreed to share some insights into her London. Take it away, Millington…

Name: Camilla Brown
Job: Co-founder of Campbell Brown
Neighbourhood: Technically Oxford but Clerkenwell 4-5 days a week.
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I love London because…
 The underground. I find it fascinating and love how you can be somewhere completely different in minutes. Coming from a small village, this just blows my mind. Oh, and the boozers are ace.

London is at its best when…
It’s summertime and everyone is smiling. You get that buzz around 4pm on a Thursday and you just KNOW that your colleagues are thinking the same thing: pub garden. People are tanned, toned and generally more attractive, which makes the commute SO much better. Also, a bit of al fresco never goes a miss…

My ideal day off in London would be…
Waking up with your man, sun streaming through the curtains, no doubt hungover. We both need bacon and a bloody mary, so we head to our local cafe/bar to do just that.  Once fuelled, we’d head to Borough Market to utilise the free samples and mainline some fizz, before heading back home to get our glad rags on and meet a bunch of friends somewhere East for dinner and more beverages. We’d dance into the night and due to my imagination running wild, we’d end up in a posh hotel and mainline the mini bar until the early hours. As long as it wasn’t a random mid-week day off?

 

Borough Market near London Bridge
Borough Market near London Bridge

I absolutely love this little-known place…
OK it’s not exactly ‘little-known’ but my good friend JJ Goodman owns the London Cocktail Club bars and I absolutely adore them. Best cocktails in London, fact. (You HAVE to try the Bacon & Egg Martini).

The best night I’ve ever had in London was…
My birthday with an ex. My parents very generously got me dinner at The Ritz so we decided to spend the day living like Kings. We dressed up in our finest, ate amazing food, sipped gorgeous champagne and ended the night in the Hoxton Hotel. I like to pretend I’m rich, so it was right up my street.

The Ritz near Green Park
The Ritz near Green Park
My favourite restaurant is…
The Ledbury in Notting Hill. Once a year, my parents and I go for a very special Christmas dinner. I’m working my way through Chris Pople’s list from his blog, and this one was stand out epic.
If I had £2000 to blow, I’d spend it all in…
American Apparel
My favourite museum/gallery/theatre is…
I loved Liechtenstein at The Tate. I’m not hugely into art however this really stood out, especially as my client at the time had brewed a beer just for the launch. Not a huge theatre goer, I prefer kooky cinemas like The Prince Charles.

One thing I didn’t know about London until I lived here is…
How many people think it’s such a big deal to visit. I like that, though. It feels special to live here. I was on the train this morning and a load of middle age women were taking selfies because they were visiting for the day, it made me smile.

London is great, but one thing that really annoys me is…
 Slow walkers. I walk stupidly fast and hate it when people dawdle, or worse, stop abruptly in the middle of the street. I sometimes pretend I’m Yoshi in Mario Kart and slipstreaming by all the tourists just to make things a little more interesting.

I’ll leave London when…
 Well, technically I have actually left. I moved back to Oxford to set up my new PR agency, Campbell Brown. It was only meant to be for a few months however I’ve found the commute absolutely fine, and I feel more in love with London now than I did when I was living here as I get to be a visitor for the day, four days a week. I might come back one day, but I think a 5 year stint has eased the curiosity for now ;)

 

Gordon's Wine Bar on Embankment has played host to one of Alice's best nights out in London.

My London… with Alice Judge-Talbot

I’ve known Alice for quite a number of years through the wonderful world of blogging. She’s an all-round superwoman and lady of excellent taste. Here she shares with me a few of her London things…

Name: Alice
Job: Blogger and Marketing Consultant
Neighbourhood: I moved out of London when I had kids and now live in Buckinghamshire (boohooh). But in my time in the fair city I lived in Kentish Town, Shoreditch, De Beauvoir and Muswell Hill.

Alice with her ridiculously cute son, Hux
Alice with her ridiculously cute son, Hux

I love London because… of the diversity! There aren’t many places where you can experience such a rich mix of cultures and languages. You always meet someone with a story to tell.

London is at its best when… Frosty and twinkly or sunshiney and happy. Both as lovely as each other.

Borough Market would kick of Alice's perfect day.
Borough Market would kick of Alice’s perfect day.

My ideal day off in London would be… starting at Borough Market I’d walk along the Thames to Embankment, stopping off at The Savoy for a cup of tea. I’d get the tube up to Camden to visit some of my old haunts before powerwalking up Parliament Hill to marvel at the amazing view. I’d finish the day with prosecco at The Dean Street Townhouse or maybe Shoreditch House, followed by espresso martinis. And karaoke.

 I absolutely love this little-known place… the sushi cafe above the Japanese shop at Centrepoint. In my opinion it’s the most authentic (and tastiest!) sushi in London.

Gordon's Wine Bar on Embankment has played host to one of Alice's best nights out in London.
Gordon’s Wine Bar on Embankment has played host to one of Alice’s best nights out in London.

The best night I’ve ever had in London was… too many to count! I was recently introduced to Gordon’s Wine Bar – the oldest in London – and had a very raucous night in there with a very fun friend.

My favourite restaurant is... what a difficult question! I seem to eat at The Dean Street Townhouse a lot these days (love their chips and salad) but you really can’t beat the shortrib nuggets at Hawksmoor. Also, the Street Feast/Mr Hyde burger festival in Dalston earlier this year was bloody brilliant

 If I had £2000 to blow, I’d spend it all in...Cos, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie. Harrod’s Beauty Hall. I can’t decide!

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

 My favourite museum/gallery/theatre is… The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is absolutely breathtaking. I saw To Kill A Mockingbird there in May and despite the freezing rain it was a wonderful experience.

 One thing I didn’t know about London until I lived there is… How accessible everything is on foot! I try not to use the tube or buses if I can walk, it’s a much better way of travelling.

 London is great, but one thing that really annoys me is… SLOW WALKERS!

I’ll leave London when… I will never move further than 30 minutes outside of London. It always leaves me feeling energized and happy.

Your can head to Alice’s blog, morethantoast.org, and find her on Twitter.

Juliet loves walking across the river at dusk. It's rather beautiful!

My London… with Juliet Mushens

Juliet Mushens – literary agent, Twitter agent and leopard print fan – shares her London with us!

Name: Juliet

Job: Literary agent

Neighbourhood: Kentish Town

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I love London because… I am never more than 20 feet away from a fast food joint at all times.

 

London is at its best when… you’re walking across the river at dusk. The sky seems to stretch out forever, and you get a real sense of how small you are, and how big and old London is.

 

Juliet loves walking across the river at dusk. It's rather beautiful!
Juliet loves walking across the river at dusk. It’s rather beautiful!

My ideal day off in London would be… breakfast at the Breakfast Club, a walk along the Southbank, ice cream at Fortnum & Mason, antique-perusing in Camden Passage, browsing Penhaligon’s, a manicure at Cowshed, a trip around the Tower of London or London Zoo, drinks at Nightjar, karaoke at Karaoke Box Soho, dancing at London Swingcats to burn off the huevos rancheros and ice-cream sundae, then chicken at Chicken Cottage to undo all the good work the dancing did.

Camden Passage in Angel. A particular favourite of mine, too!
Camden Passage in Angel. A particular favourite of mine, too!
It calls like a siren to drunken people all over London: Cottage Chicken offers drinkers a warm, greasy embrace.
It calls like a siren to drunken people all over London: Cottage Chicken offers drinkers a warm, greasy embrace.

I absolutely love this little-known place… the Elk in the Woods in Islington. It does amazing food and is very inexpensive (a fiver for dippy duck egg and toast. Yum.). Or – though everyone in publishing goes here – Honey & Co on Warren Street, which does Middle Eastern food. It’s tiny and a bit of a squeeze but the food is incredible – the lamb makes me come over all Rachel Zoe (‘I dieeee!’). Also, the Gilbert Scott bar at the St Pancras Renaissance is glorious. Cocktails are ever-changing and range from old-fashioned staples to new favourites, priced at between £7 and £10. It has high ceilings, bells, and very friendly staff.

 

The Gilbert Scott bar in St Pancras
The Gilbert Scott bar in St Pancras

The best night I’ve ever had in London was… the night I went to the Game of Thrones DVD launch. It was in the Old Vic tunnels, which had been styled as Westeros. There were actors re-enacting key moments from the show, the staff weren’t allowed to break character all night, I stood in the WINTERFELL CRYPT and got my photo taken on the Iron Throne. The attention to detail was incredible, and the cast were all there. When I left and walked out into Waterloo it literally felt like I’d left another world. This, to be honest, says more about my love of George RR Martin than it does about London… But I’ve also had brilliant nights swingdancing in London Bridge, listening to music at Ronnie Scott’s, eating at Searcys at St Pancras/pretending I’m in Brief Encounter, and doing impossible pub quizzes in North London.

My favourite restaurant is… Great Queen Street. The menu changes every day, is always intensely carnivorous, and the waiting staff are so knowledgeable. The cocktails downstairs are really good too, and the barman plays a great mix of swing and 80s pop.

If I had £2000 to blow, I’d spend it all in… Fortnum & Mason. £2,000 would probably get me one teacup, mind. I always marvel at the people walking around with trolleys, casually buying their food shop.

Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason

My favourite museum/gallery/theatre is… I’m not particularly cultured, but the Old Operating Theatre Museum is grisly and morbid. Just how I like it. You can see where people used to be operated on without anaesthetic, and other horrible things like that. Plus, it’s quite tucked away so never overly touristy.

One thing I didn’t know about London until I lived here is… that you can always find something to do, no matter what day of the week it is.

London is great, but one thing that really annoys me is… people who don’t walk down inside the tube carriage. It makes me want to perform a citizen’s arrest/invest in a taser.

I’ll leave London when… I want to actually be able to afford to buy a property!

My London… with Sam B

La Fromagerie, Highbury Barn is the most incredible cheese shop in London

Sam (or Blainsing Squad as I prefer to call him) is a very good friend of mine. Sam and I live very close together in Islington, and neither of us really like venturing too far out of North London. Therefore, Sam and I spend a fair amount of time together, normally in the pub mocking each other and our lives.

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who loves London quite as much as Sam does. Therefore, it was a no-brainer for me that he should tell us about his favourite spots in London…

Name Sam

Job Lobbyist

Neighbourhood Holloway (most of the below is quite North London centric)

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© Katherine Leedale

I love London because... all human life is here. And pubs, lots of pubs. Also, The Arsenal play here.

London is at its best when… it’s 5pm on an unusually warm Thursday before the long Easter weekend and roughly 78 per cent of London’s population is standing outside a pub.

My ideal day off in London would be… a long run on the Parkland Walk between Finsbury Park and Highgate to make me feel smug (also to look at dogs). Then lunch at Piebury Corner on the Holloway Road, before going on a long walk somewhere – it doesn’t matter too much where but I like the walk along Regent’s Canal from Islington to Mile End. Plenty of places to stop and drink. Impractically I’d then have to double back to meet friends at the Earl of Essex in Islington and get really drunk at one of the best pubs in North London.

Piebury Corner, Holloway Road would make the list for Sam's ideal day off.
Piebury Corner, Holloway Road would make the list for Sam’s ideal day off.

I absolutely love this little-known place… I doubt you can call the Swimmer in Holloway little known, as it’s always busy, but it’s a lovely pub off the fairly horrible (and I live there) Seven Sisters Road. I also recommend the Scooter Caffe on Lower Marsh behind Waterloo, which is a nice bar tucked away in an uninspiring bit of town.

Sam and me in The Swimming (our local) just before Christmas
Sam and me in The Swimmer (our local) just before Christmas

The best night I’ve ever had in London was… difficult to know, since I end up not remembering them. The night after a win over Sp*rs a few years ago when I met Ray Parlour in a pub on the Holloway Road is difficult to top.

My favourite restaurant is… Asseistte Anglais in Islington

Assiette Anglais, Liverpool Road is one of Sam's favourite restaurants
Assiette Anglais, Liverpool Road is one of Sam’s favourite restaurants

If I had £2000 to blow, I’d spend it all in… La Fromagerie in Highbury. ALL THE CHEESE.

La Fromagerie, Highbury Barn is the most incredible cheese shop in London
La Fromagerie, Highbury Barn is the most incredible cheese shop in London

My favourite museum/gallery/theatre is… I’ve not seen it since they’ve completed the refurbishment but the Imperial War Museum in Kennington is brilliant (the permanent exhibition on the Holocaust is very good indeed). Also, the relatively new Jewish Museum in Camden is worth a visit.

One thing I didn’t know about London until I lived there is… This is difficult to answer since I grew up in Essex and was in London lots before I actually lived here. Perhaps the surprise is how much you see when you just wander around with your eyes open – as alluded to above, I love just walking about town, even if it’s without a plan or any real idea where I’m going.

The other thing about London is how quickly it can change. If you’d have told someone ten years ago that the area around King’s Cross would become one of the finest sights (and sites) in London, they’d have pointed to the sex shops and laughed in your face. You can see the changes (avoiding the loaded word gentrification) in my own area, Holloway, too.

London is great, but one thing that really annoys me is... have you ever been on a nightbus sober? Christ.

I’ll leave London when… I’m in a coffin.

My London… with Lucy C

The Birdcage, St John's Hill
Here Lucy gives an “outsider’s” perspective on London. Lucy moved here from New Zealand a few years ago. I had the good fortune to live with Lucy for several years when she first arrived. She uses her time in the UK effectively, and has seen so many things and acquired so many funny stories. She’s the kind of person who talks to strangers and ends up becoming BFFs with them…
Name Lucy
Job Senior Account Exec, salt PR
Neighbourhood North London up until my recent migration to live with the rest of Antipodeans in South West London.
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I live in London because… it’s so alive, there’s always something going on – whether it be the crazy guy blessing me on the tube, the pug with the extra long tongue in Soho Square trying to lick my shoes, or an amazing show where I get to see Helen Mirren up close. I love that this place never sleeps.

 

Lucy loves London parks in Summer. This is Highbury Fields in Islington, near where we used to live together.
Lucy loves London parks in Summer. This is Highbury Fields in Islington, near where we used to live together.
London is at its best when… it’s the summertime and you’re at one of the many green parks it has to offer. I love how Londoners make the most of parks; out comes the coal BBQ, the picnic rug, the football, the many different cider varieties and you get to lounge in the sun with your mates, who are likely to be from anywhere but London originally.

 

The Birdcage, St John's Hill
The Birdcage, St John’s Hill

 

My ideal day off in London would be… breakfast at The Birdcage on St John’s Hill, the morning absorbing one of the new exhibitions at one of the many museums, afternoon in the sun at Battersea Park then dinner at some novelty restaurant where you eat your steak blindfolded or something.I absolutely love this little-known place… Molly Moggs in Soho: it’s a tiny corner bar featuring a sharp-tongued, self-deprecating and hilarious drag queen host every night of the week who pokes fun at the crowd and introduces various karaoke acts, which include a few quirky regulars (I’ve had the privilege of being serenaded by the elderly Elvis – hand holding included). It is the ultimate pick me up place – you’re always guaranteed a laugh and it’s always a supportive crowd… no matter how screechy the singing.

The best night I ever had in London was… hard to pick – but one from most recent memory was going to the special effects-packed Muse gig at Emirates where an acrobat did ribbon work from a giant hot air balloon in the shape of a lightbulb. Afterwards we spent the evening exploring some great little bars along Upper Street in Angel, topping off the night singing my lungs out with friends at Lucky Voice karaoke – all within walking distance, which made it that much better.

My favourite restaurant is… Trullo in Highbury, Islington – this place has amazing atmosphere, service and even better food. The chefs travel to Italy each season to handpick which ingredients they are going to source for the menu. It’s even been voted best Italian restaurant outside of Italy!

Trullo, Highbury
Trullo, Highbury
If I had £2000 to blow, I’d spend it all in... probably a cheaty answer, but Selfridges. I love going there (once I get past the incredible window displays) and looking at all the amazing designer stuff or handcrafted potions and lotions.
Lucy loves browsing Selfridges
Lucy loves browsing Selfridges
My favourite museum/gallery/theatre is… the National Portrait Gallery. I go to the BP Portrait Awards Exhibition every year and it never ceases to astonish me how talented people are – many of them younger than me (which I find depressing; I’ve well and truly passed the prodigal talent age). They capture people so beautifully and differently. The other exhibitions at the Portrait Gallery change around regularly, too, and are generally free. If you’re lucky you might spot the sleeping video of David Beckham by Sam Taylor-Wood (apparently celebs do sleep?!) or the artist who drains a few pints of his blood every few years to make a floating sculpture of his head…
Becks taking 40 winks at the National Portrait Gallery.
Becks taking 40 winks at the National Portrait Gallery.
One thing I didn’t know about London until I moved here is… how safe it is. I honestly feel pretty safe walking around at night by myself and I swear that’s not naivety, as I used to get scared when I first moved here, but learnt through experience it was actually fine. There are so many well-lit areas, and because there are always so many people around you do feel safer than I ever expected.

London is great, but one thing that really annoys me is… how dirty the air is. Black snot is gross.
Lucy outside our old house in Highbury in the snow. Best. Day. Ever.
Lucy outside our old house in Highbury in the snow. Best. Day. Ever.
I’ll leave London when... I want more peace and quiet and the tug of friends and family back home gets too much.
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