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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.

Laura / SE15

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

Always.

What makes someone a Londoner?

Officially, you should only be classed a “proper” Londoner if you’re born in Zone 1. But if you tut when tourists walk slowly in front of you and you’re already late, that’s as good as being the real thing.

North London or South London?

SOUTH!

Favorite thing about living in London?

As soon as the sun shines the whole of London transforms. People can’t wait to get outside and enjoy themselves as soon as it’s 17 degrees. I’d be interested to know how much work gets done throughout the whole of London for those two weeks of summer!

Least favorite thing about living in London?

Rush hour tube. Will never get used to that however long I’ve been commuting.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

In Summer, Frank’s Café in Peckham. It’s on the top of a car park with an amazing view and some good art installations on your walk up to the top. Any other time, theatre bars like The Royal Court, The National or The Young Vic bars are all good for people watching. Or a dingy Soho pub with good history like The Colony Room before it closed down (a members club opened by Francis Bacon in the 60s). Or The French House now. Apparently Charles De Gaulle, Marx, Engels and George Orwell ussed to drink there. And you’re not allowed to use your phone– the landlady will ring a bell and tell you to go outside if you get caught. Oh, and The Cellar Door cabaret place in an old public loo in The Strand is good for a late night drink!

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

Tough one. So many to even contemplate, especially with all the street food pop up markets like Street Feast and Kerb that are all pretty excellent and have everything you could want in one place. But if you want to be able to roll home easily, the Turkish restaurant Meze Mangal on Lewisham Way is a favorite.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Taxi first (black taxi not mini cab) or walking. Avoid the tube whenever I can. Too scared to cycle.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

I don’t get away that often unless I’m going on holiday. There’s still enough places to escape to if you want peace and quiet for a few hours, you just have to know where they are!

 

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