chloédigital may have been the reason for me meeting Christina (she’s part of the CD team and helps me with all my blog strategy and behind the scenes techy stuff that I have no clue about) but she’s now a friend. She has a beautiful soul and I often tell her we were probably soul sisters in a different lifetime. Christina is a grounded yet wandering soul full of badassery ( if you don’t know this term then you need to google Shonda Rhimes ASAP) – today she’s giving us the scoop of what to do and where to eat in London like a local!

Tell us a little about yourself – how long have you lived in London and what do you do for a living? 

I’m Christina and I work as a Digital Strategist/Account Consultant at chloédigital in London.

What brought you here and what keeps you? 

I’m a Londoner, born and raised! Being only a few hours from most European cities, there’s really no need to leave. I can go away for a long weekend and see another city in a few days at an affordable price

If we had one day in London, where would you take us for breakfast, coffee, and dinner? 

E. Pellici for a full English breakfast. Kahaila on Brick Lane is perfect for coffee, they have really nice cakes, and you can also work from there. Brunswick House Cafe in Vauxhall would be the go-to dinner place. It doubles as a shop – you can buy most of the antique items on the walls/hanging from the ceiling.

What are your favorite shopping gems? 

Liberty for all my makeup and skincare products – they conveniently have all the brands (Kiehls and NARS) I use in one place. I could live in all the clothes in Goodhood – they have brands that are hard to find anywhere else in London. Columbia Road Flower Market is beautiful on a Sunday and if you go towards the end, everything’s a lot cheaper. I go to Antenna or Wardour News to buy magazines, and Claire de Rouen too, which specializes in fashion/photography.

What’s your go to drinking spot?

I don’t drink much but I would say Milk + Honey is worth a visit.

Where do you go to unwind? 

Museums and galleries, always. I would say that White Cube, Breese Little, and Tate Modern. I go to the Barbican at least once a month. It’s a conservatory, cinema, theatre, event space, gallery all in one.

When you travel are you into mountains, beaches or cities?  

I’m a city girl who likes the fast pace but my main holidays are always near a beach. I’m not a fan going on holiday just to sleep, I need to be able to explore. I went to Zanzibar on my own for two weeks once and I just got back from a two-week trip to Belize and Mexico.

Tulum was great, we stayed at Villas H2O which is slightly out of the centre but the people that run it made the trip for us. But honestly, Belize was a million times better. First we stayed on Ambergris Caye, a small island off the coast. Then we went inland to San Ignacio and stayed at Gaia Riverlodge. It’s in the middle of the jungle, and if you follow a little trail or take the lift, you get to a waterfall.  I snorkelled for the first time on this trip, in The Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye, and now I want to get my diving certificate.

Describe your neighborhood in three words. 

Quiet. Green. Community.

Does living in London inspire you? And if so, how?

It does, which is why I haven’t left yet! There’s always something to do, and something new to see, so you can never say you’re bored.

What are some under the radar must – do recommendations for London visitors?

Eltham Palace – An Art Deco palace in the suburbs of London

Leighton House Museum  – Old home of a Victorian artist, now a museum.

Tayyabs – Arguably the best Indian food in London?! Go to Needoo Grill – if you want to beat the queues.

Kyoto Gardens  – Japanese garden in the middle of Holland Park. There are peacocks that wander around and a serene waterfall.

Little Venice – Get the canal boat from Camden there and then wander around and check out the beautiful (and expensive) houses.

Clifton Nurseries / The Quince Tree – London’s oldest garden centre which has a restaurant.

Somsaa – Thai food in East London.

The Clove Club  – British dining.

Autograph ABP  – Charity/gallery that works in photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.