Andy in Ealing, Tower Hamlets is 21-30 and is chemistry tutor.
Originally from Hanwell in West London, Andy lives in Tower Hamlets close to his recording studio in Cable Street Studios. He left a job in the city to pursue his passions; his love for music, chemistry and bringing people together. He puts on open mic nights, is a London tour guide for Americans and has started the Hanwell Hootie Marshall Amps music festival, held every year in Hanwell to commemorate the town in which Jim Marshall sold his first amp!
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Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? On a school trip riding the tube for the first time, thinking that this was a train transporting me to somewhere outside of London, and then being amazed when I surfaced in another part of the city.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? I miss the ingrained "Londonness" or Englishness of the people regardless of where they are from, and the way that people act, even if they don't realise it.
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Hammersmith or Shepherd's Bush for a sense of being at home.
- What's your ideal day out in London? A bike ride along the Thames, starting in East London. I would stop at a riverside cafe for brunch, and then have a walk along the South Bank and check out some book stores. I would then go to a exhibition at the Tate Modern.
- What's your ideal night out in London? My ideal night out is a gig and everything that comes with that - preferably ending at a house party with the band.
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? Smithfield Market, for the hustle and bustle of activity, and the real hardcore Londoners that are less common now. Also Farringdon for the medieval streets in amongst the high rise glossy buildings - a perfect meeting of traditional and contemporary.
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Sherlock Holmes. He sums up what London is, and I love his quirky sayings. People say that Paris is a lady - I think that London is a man with a pipe.
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? Quadrophenia - as the mod culture was a London thing and the birth of social functions and fads.
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Suggs, for his swagger and cheekiness, and his innate confidence.