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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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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.

 

Kirstin / SE3

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

My whole life.

What makes someone a Londoner?

Someone who knows that visiting Oxford Street on a Saturday would be madness.

North London or South London?

South, though I have lived in North London for a while, so I can appreciate its merits too. 

Favorite thing about living in London?

London has always been a global hub. There’s always something going on, because if you live in London, the world comes to you. And it’s always exciting because there’s such a mixture of cultures and influences. 

Least favorite thing about living in London?

The winters can be very long especially if the summer is a bad one.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

The Lansdowne in Primrose Hill.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

Restaurant Story.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Whichever is the fastest for wherever I’m going.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

We like to mix up places we know well such as Aldeburgh, France, Italy, and New York with ones we don’t know at all (this year we’ve visited the Bay of Naples) and most especially if they have ancient ruins.

 

Samuel / EC2

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

7 Years since leaving home, Spain.

What makes someone a Londoner?

There is a rhythm to this city that you feel as soon as you step onto the streets. It’s exhausting at times but there’s a thrill to it, and once you get used to it everything else just seems slow and boring.

North London or South London?

I’ve had a fair share of both, but North just seems closer to everything.

Favorite thing about living in London?

It’s culture, by far. People come from all over the world to feel once-in-a-lifetime experiences and sometimes we take it all for granted. I feel very fortunate for being able to spend such a crucial moment of my life here in London.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

Certainly the tube in peak hours.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

I love a good pub and here in Shoreditch there are plenty.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

Whitecross Street Market. Weekdays 12 – 2 pm. Weekends I tend to go to J+A Café in Clerkenwell.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Bike. It’s cheap, you get there faster, you look great on it and it’s good for your health.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

I was born and bred in the Canary Island, so it seems convenient to go back for a few days when you need a break from it all.

Chungmin / E1

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

7 Years in September.

What makes someone a Londoner?

A Londoner is someone who can (deeply) appreciate the sun and temperature above 20C. Also, I think a Londoner is someone who has higher level of tolerance for things like tube strikes, expensive rents and spicy Asian food.

North London or South London?

North-East!

Favorite thing about living in London?

Balance of culture and urban life.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

This is going to sound very specific but I really do not like the fabric seats on the buses and tubes. I think London had a thing or two to learn from the public transport system in Korea…

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

Shoreditch Grind by the Old Street roundabout– it’s a cafe by day and a cocktail bar by night.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

It’s going to be difficult to pick just one restaurant so I will go with a street full of awesome restaurants– Exmouth Market in Farringdon. Go to Bonnie Gullfor seafood, Blackfoot for ribs and Moro for tapas!

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Walk.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

Once a year I feel the need to get away from London. And when I do, it’s usually because I miss home and my dog so I take off to Korea for a week or two to recharge my battery.

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