I met Amélie during a summer camp in London! We were still teenagers but I still remember the trip incredibly well! Originally from Orleans (France), Amélie and I have kept in touch as we’ve both moved around. Amélie moved to Paris for her studies and then to London to work. She is an amazing pianist, kind and always eager to learn something new!
How would you describe London to someone who has never been?
London is a very active, colorful, energetic, cosmopolitan, cultural city, full of opportunities. Life is very busy and there is always something to do. You can feel overwhelmed by the size and crowds of the city, but never possibly get bored or out of places to discover. On the other side, London is very expensive – especially in rent and transport – and full of inequalities, that you don’t necessarily see straight away.
What is your favorite boutique?
The boutiques of Spitafield Market in the East End.
Where do you find your vintage?
A lovely pedestrian little street called « camden passage » in Angel.
Your favorite museum?
There are so many, but among the famous ones, the Tate modern museum is my favorite.
What is the one London clothing essential?
An umbrella, at all times 😉
The best place for an easy day trip from London?
Whiting the UK, Brighton is easy to get to on the train for a day at the beach.
The best restaurant for veggie ?
Thai restaurant on Upper Street call Ysarn makes the best vegatrian curries.
What’s unique about London ?
Even though it is a big city, it is surprisingly green, there is always a park near by.
Where do you like to exercise?
Take a cycle ride along regents canal, all the way to Victoria Park is lovely.
Somewhere super touristy you still like to visit?
I always like walking past Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and through St James Park.
What’s the best way to get around the city? Bike, bus, car…
Bike is very popular, but transport in general work very well inside London, buses all the time and tube quite efficient. I would say anything but car !
What is your city’s philosophy?
A famous saying is « tired of London, tired of life ».
Describe an ideal day in London…
London on a sunny day is amazing, I would go for a picnic in regents park, go to abbey road/St John’s wood on a Beatles pilgrimage, go back toward Primrose Hill, follow the canal toward Angel and stop on the way for a glass of Pimm’s. In the evening, I would go to central London to see a musical (lots of choice) !
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.