Elise is 28, from Redbridge and is a BBC Radio One Assistant Producer.
She has always had an interest in music and after leaving university she worked at ITV. She left her job at ITV to fulfil her love of radio at the Roundhouse, as an Assistant Station Manager. She has always followed her passion to work on the radio and is now producing for BBC Radio One.
Since her childhood, Elise has always wanted to work with her idol Zane Lowe and has had the opportunity to do this in her current job. In the future she hopes to be a producer on her very own radio show.
Film Maker: Team Roundhouse: Group 2
Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? That's a hard one. I grew up here, but I guess I've always considered the centre to be Zone 1. I never used the tube as a young child, which is a shame, but either going to Hamleys as a very young child and being wowed by all the fuss for the first time. It's quite a vivid memory.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? The bustle, the buildings, the accent of Londoners and the tube, yes I like it!
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Camden; as a music person it helped define who I became as an adult and is still a fun and unique place to visit.
- What's your favourite building? I really like the Walkie Talkie building, but the Gherkin is also a brilliant runner-up.
- What's your ideal day out in London? I love exploring my city, even now there are places that I haven't been. Getting my tube map and picking somewhere new to go, walking around or trying to navigate (without Google maps) back towards the centre or a part of town. It's always fun with my fiancee.
- What's your ideal night out in London? Going to a gig with lots of like-minded music lovers.
- What's your most hated building? The Shard. It doesn't look finished at the top!
- What's the best view in London? Going over London Bridge. Your 360 degree view just shows of all the cool buildings across town and makes me proud of London.
- What's your favourite open space? Regents Park; I go there every day on my lunch break to enjoy the open space and to unwind.
- What's the most interesting shop? Even though it's not the most unique in terms of its stock, I'd say Hamleys. I loved it as a kid and I still enjoy going in there now and sometimes buy some toys! The enthusiastic and bubbly staff add to the atmosphere and I can't help but try and chase some of the bubbles that flow out the door whether I'm passing or going inside.
- What's your favourite place to hang out? Camden Town; from the Roundhouse down to Koko, it’s a good hanging out area and lots of wonderful memories.
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? I don’t go to clubs and I didn’t study here as a student so all my memories of evenings out have been going to gigs. Going to see some of my first gigs as a teenager and making the tube journey with others dressed like they’re going to gigs or with tickets in their hand and chatting to them on the way. Also seeing The Hives in autumn 2004 at the Brixton Academy was a stand gig, for good vibes.
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Assuming money was no issue I’d go to Camden, shop around a bit, go to the London Zoo (where I volunteer as well) for the afternoon and end up eating dinner at Frankies & Benny's in Greenwich, looking out at the river.
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? Greenwich, Docklands, Olympic Park, Carnaby, Regent Street down to Piccadilly Circus and then onto Trafalgar Square, the UCL main campus near Euston, the City, Embankment, Southbank, Hyde Park, Regents Park, London Zoo, Kew Gardens, Hampstead Heath, Kensington, Camden. So many places. How many days do we have?
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? Coming home after a long day at work with no Central line. It’s perfect when it works, but if anything goes wrong it was (at the time) the only tube line that went out to where I lived. Took about 3 hours to get from Trafalgar Square home to Snaresbrook when everyone else was leaving work too. And I walked a lot of it!
- What's your personal London landmark? Canary Wharf – I live on the East Side and I can see the docklands very clearly from my window. I spent 3 years at University in Norwich and whenever I was on the train coming back and nearing Liverpool Street, Canada House would be the first beacon I’d see to tell me I was nearly home.
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Sherlock Holmes – I always wonder if there was really people like that back in the day. Proper detectives. Boycie from Only Fools & Horses was also a gem.
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? Do the Austin Powers films count? They always depict London as a happy place.
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? think I’d like to see Edwardian London with all the horse drawn carriages and cobbled streets – seeing London in a very different light.
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Someone who makes the most of living in this unique hubbub of life, that takes pride in their streets and transport, who does there bit for keeping it clean and tidy and who contributes their piece of a jigsaw that make it my favourite city in the world and my home.