Londoners

A Look Back

Here’s a visual look back at the stories I’ve shared with you so far this year. I know Four by Three hasn’t been going for an entire year yet but I’ve been shooting for it for much longer than that. Anyway, thanks you much for letting me share these things with you and here’s to even more to come in 2015!

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Gerald / NW1

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

As K-Ci and JoJo once put it ‘all my life’.

What makes someone a Londoner?

Someone who understands the North, South divide and has a genuine hatred of our public transport system. You get those two things down, you’re a Londoner alright.

North London or South London?

See previous answer. The south is dead to me.

Favorite thing about living in London?

It’s beauty lies in the juxtaposition. Only in this city will you find quaint period houses with well kept gardens sitting a stones throw away from an urban jungle council estate kitted with it’s very own chicken shop.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

Public transport (even though I don’t use it) and parking restrictions.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

I’m not much of a drinker so I’ll opt for Granger & Co. It’s the only place I know that knows and does a good lemon lime bitters this side of the planet.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

Probably the Charlotte Street hotel. Brunch there is always a treat, but it’s the memories of our engagement dinner that make this place particularly special.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Vespa? Vespa.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

Paris. It’s another city yes, but we live right next to St Pancras International, and what can I say? Once a city boy always a city boy.

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Courtney / N6

A portrait series of people who call London home.

I first came across Courtney through her instagram account (something I’ve been doing a lot lately) of her adventures with her beautiful family across London and beyond. She is one of the co-founders of Babyccino Kids, which is an amazing place to shop many of the best children’s boutiques from around the world all in one place. Come meet Courtney (and her adorable youngest) and find out about her London.

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How long have you lived in London?

Eleven years. We moved here from Los Angeles thinking it would be one or two years, and 11 years later… we’re still here!

What makes someone a Londoner?

After living here so long, I no longer feel like an American when I go ‘home’, but then I also don’t feel English either. There is something about living in London, surrounded by other ex pats who share this feeling, that makes me feel like a ‘Londoner’. In London, you’re never an outsider.

North London or South London?

Hampstead Heath is in North London, so for us it’s an obvious answer. We spend so much time in the Heath – I just couldn’t imagine living too far from it, especially in this big, urban city.

Favorite thing about living in London?

I always joke that my favourite thing about living in London is that it’s only a 2-hour train ride from Paris. No, but really… I love how incredibly diverse this city is.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

The weather.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

We love the Camden Town Brewery. The beer is good and they always have great food trucks.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

The Maltby Street Market has amazing food stalls and is such a cool setting to spend a weekend morning. The donuts from St. John…. Yummm.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

We do a bit of everything in our family, but my favourite way to get somewhere is to walk. On the weekends, we like to walk (the kids ride their bikes) through the Heath over to Hampstead village, grab pizza and then walk back home.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

Last year we discovered the beaches down in East Sussex (Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven). They’re about a 2-hour drive out of London, but it’s so nice to get down to the sea and be reminded that we live on an island!

Tomm / SW15

A portrait series of people who call London home.

Over the past few weeks I have been able to photograph a few more Londoners for my portrait series and I am very happy to kick this off again with Tomm of Paget & Coles, a fellow Londoner who I found via Instagram (I highly recommend following him for some beautiful shots around London).

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How long have you lived in London?

12 years

What makes someone a Londoner?

Being a Londoner is more than just about being born here. For me, a Londoner is someone who calls London home.

North London or South London?

There are definitely two distinct vibes to the north and south. Fate placed me in south London when I first arrived, and I have stayed put ever since, so I guess I’m team south.

Favorite thing about living in London?

Ah, where to start…. My love-affair with the city is totally dominated by food, and the access to fresh, healthy and delicious cuisine is one of my favourite things… and the fact that my best buddies all live here and keep me company through all this eating is pretty awesome. I love the cultural diversity, and how liberal London is, and that you are never far from a good independent coffee shop. The history of London blows my mind and the more I learn, the more I love the city. Oh, and Richmond park is a thing of beauty, especially at this time of year.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

There’s not much I don’t like about London, but the cost of public transport is definitely up there. The pollution gets to me a bit, as do angry commuters. Oh and people playing loud music on public transport… uh oh, now you’ve got me started!

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

The Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel’s is stunning… all dark and broody with beautiful art deco features. I’m a big coffee fan and I’m always hunting out new cafes who’s serve a good a flat white. Scooter Cafe on Lower Marsh in Waterloo is guaranteed to put a smile on my face. As is my local, Grind coffee bar in Putney.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

My current go-to restaurant is Grainstore on Granary Square in Kings Cross. I’m also partial to an organic Sunday lunch at The Duke of Cambridge in Islington, if I could eat there every weekend I’d be a happy chappy! For special occasions I’m often drawn to the OXO tower, the view from the balcony there on a sunny day makes for a very special meal.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Totally a combination of everything. I’m loving the Barclays bikes though, they have totally changed my experience of the city… when it’s not raining!

Where do you go to get away from the city?

Definitely Paris! About once a year I have to get my fix of Paris life. Thankfully, another great thing about London is that I can get there in a few hours from St. Pancras. The other place I’m drawn to is Nottinghamshire, where I grew up. I still have family there up there, and it’s always a joy to head up to the Midlands and take in the countryside air.

Lisa / E2

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

All my life. I was born and raised in London and while all my family has moved, London will always be my home.

What makes someone a Londoner?

If you can embrace London with all it’s highs and lows then you are a Londoner. You can do anything, at any time. there is always something going on so you can never be bored.

North London or South London?

North of the river.

Favorite thing about living in London?

I love how when the sun shines it feels like everyone just gravitates towards any patch of green grass.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

Rush hour tubes.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

Current favourite is Hawkhurst Vault in Brick Lane. Great tea, great cakes, beer and good people.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

There are too many great places to eat in London. Soho and Shoreditch probably give the most variety for food. I love the Saturday markets but shooting weddings means I only get to experience these in the off season.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

If I can I walk…best way to explore London.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

I have friends all over the UK so when given the chance I will visit them. But the other city which has stolen my heart is Berlin.

 

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