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MY SECRET LONDON: GALA GONZALEZ

19.09.11

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NAME: Gala Gonzalez

OCCUPATION: Blogger DJ and Creative Director [http://www.amlul.com/]

WHERE IN LONDON ARE YOU BASED: East London

WHAT NEIGHBOURHOODO YOU LIVE IN: Shoreditch

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What do you do on your days off?

I usually walk with friends down Brick Lane and grab coffee at The Grocery.  We also often pop to Shoreditch House for drinks.

Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, Shoreditch, London E1 6AW

Favourite places to dine out for dinner in London?

I love Nobu & Cha Cha Moon

Nobu, 19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1LB

Cha Cha Moon, 15/21 Ganton Street, Just Off Carnaby Street, London W1F 9BN

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Favourite Places to Drink in London?

Casa Blue, they make amazing mohitos!

Casa Blue, 228 Brick Lane, London E2 6DG

Best Brunch Spot?

The Albion

The Albion, 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD

Best Cafe?

Allpress

Allpress Espresso, 58 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP

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Current Hot Spot?

Jaguar Shoes

Jaguar Shoes, 32-36 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DA

On a rainy day where’s the best pace to soak up some culture in the city?

V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL

Favourite Bookshop?

R. D. Franks

R. D. Franks, 5 Winsley Street, London W1W 8HG

 

What is your preferred London neighbourhood?

I lived in Chelsea West London for 5 years and I still feel at home whenever I’m back on that side of town.

Where are your favourite local places to shop?

Whole Foods (Kensington), The Grocery (Shoreditch), Lucio's on Fulham Road.  I love Oxford circus for high street clothing and Dalston for something totally different and local.

Whole Foods, 63-97 Kensington High Street,The Barkers Building, London W8 5SE

The Grocery, 54 — 56 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8DP

Lucio’s, 257-259 Fulham Road, SW3 6HY

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The Grocery

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What’s a key fashion trend you see on the streets of London right now?

Big hats and oversize kimonos.

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Image by F. Solari

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Where in London do you feel truly epitomises the ‘buzz’ of the city?

East London, all the creative peeps and artists gather in this side of the city.

Best place to take photographs?

Any of the streets around Chelsea in West London