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A Local's Guide to London, England

Describe who you are in 3 sentences:
Hi I’m Anna, I work as a full time model which I love but in my spare time I rummage through old second hand furniture shops to find hidden treasures I can revamp and give new life to. My life mantra is to reinforce positivity and good energy to enable you to grow in every aspect of life.

What is your relation to this city?
People say that it’s very rare nowadays to meet a through and through Londoner but I’m proud to say that I am one. I’ve lived here ever since I was born and it’s definitely my home. There is so many sides to London which you can explore. From the quirky and up and coming areas in east. To rich culture and heritage in the central areas such a holborn and South Kensington, where you can take a trip to some of the world's most famous museums.

Best experience?
It’s hard to put my finger on the best experience I have ever had seeing as I have had my whole life here. However, as many of my friends know, my favourite pastime is to go to the pub. But not just any pub. A ‘proper’ British pub. Who can say no to a ice cold pint after a long hard week and especially when you can enjoy it with your mates.

Your top 3 hangout spots?
In the summer time it has to be the faltering fullback pub in Finsbury Park. The most amazing outdoor treehouse like seating area filled with hanging plants. Then, street feast in Shoreditch. Great chilled setting with loads of food vendors. Serving an array of cuisines all under one roof. Lastly, "Kew Gardens" with its amazing greenhouses and botanical gardens.

Favourite restaurants?
If you like a great steak then "Hawksmoor" is always a good option. Never fails to please. And Monday nights are bring your own bottle so can’t say no to that!

Best date place?
"Gordon’s Wine Bar" near Charing Cross is a romantic date night. Built inside the oldest wine cellar in London. So be prepared to cosy up with a tasty bottle of wine and candle lit tables.

Best Sunday spot?
Every Sunday has to have a Sunday roast. So find a pub and enjoy a lovely dinner with all the trimmings.

If you were to live in another place, where would that be and why?
I love London with all my heart. However, unless it’s summer the weather can be very unreliable. I personally love warm weather so maybe California could be my winter home.

Where is your escape place from this city?
My family home is in a suburban area, forty minute train ride from the centre in a pretty suburban area. Technically it’s not out of London but it’s much quieter and less hectic. Being at home and with family is always sure to bring joy.

Best 5 local advices?
1. Go to charity shops to search for some vintage clothing
2. Find a good British pub
3. Search up gallery exhibitions
4. Visit "Hampstead Heath Park" for a lovely long walk
5. Go to "Columbia Road Flower Market" which is open every Sunday

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