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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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.

Emily & Annabel / NW3

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

Emily: Since 2005.

Annabel: 10 years this year.

What makes someone a Londoner?

Emily: Someone who considers London their home regardless of where they grew up.

Annabel: Knowing not to speak in the mornings on the tube.

North London or South London?

Emily: …. South??

Annabel: Completely North.

Favorite thing about living in London?

Emily: The food scene- you can feed yourself as cheaply or as expensively as you want.

Annabel: Food of course- any cuisine, you name it, we have it.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

Emily: People that live here but moan about how much they hate it!

Annabel: Traffic

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

Emily: The ‘Local’ – The bar at Claridge’s Hotel. So friendly and the best Lavender martini in London.

Annabel: Claridge’s bar

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

Emily: Argh! Too many to choose from…

Annabel: Zoilo off Manchester square, argentinian tapas.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Emily: Car!

Annabel: Car

Where do you go to get away from the city?

Emily: Berkshire to see our dogs or Morocco to catch a cheeky surf.

Annabel: Berkshire- Taplow which is by the river Thames. I go back to the ranch to see my 5 dogs.

Annabel & Emily are the sister team behind Cutter & Squidge and the addictively delicious Biskie. Head on over to their site to find out where you can pick one up! 

 

Kjrsten / NW6

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

Going on 3 years.

What makes someone a Londoner?

You don’t have to be born here to be a Londoner. This is the most diverse of any city that I have ever lived in. Londoners come in all shapes and sizes. No matter where you story began, as long as you are living in the city and partaking of it’s glorious offerings- you are a Londoner in my book.

North London or South London?

North all the way! I love being close to Hampstead Heath. Also, have you had a crepe from La Creperie de Hampstead? The best crepe this side of the Seine- I swear!

Favorite thing about living in London?

I love discovering all the different neighborhoods- each with unique nooks and crannies where I can always find a new favorite place to eat.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

I really can’t think of anything other than being far away from family in America, but that’s nothing London can help.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

Alice House

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

Belsize Kitchen– I’m a breakfast girl and the make rad french toast (topped with maple syrup, bacon and caramelized bananas). Their eggs benedict is just as tasty if you’re the savory type.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

All of the above, plus I ride a scooter. Though biking is by far my favorite- when weather permits.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

We love going to the beach. The Thameslink stops near our house and it’s a straight shot to Brighton beach from there!

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