Karen in Waltham Forest is 51-60 and is a life & business coach, samaritan, and author of children's books.
After a long, successful career in banking, Karen needed a fresh start. She made herself redundant and began following her passion for people and animals. Today, she enjoys a fulfilling new life full of adventures, including writing a children’s book series based off of the true stories of her rescue Staffie, Dodger Dog. Watch the amazing story of Karen (and Dodger!) in this 1000 Londoners film!
Film Maker: Jackie Read
Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? I was born in Battersea and Battersea Power Station, Battersea Dogs Home and Battersea Park were and are special childhood places and memories.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? When I am away I miss the noise and energy, for me no where has the buzz or feel of London.
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Favourite neighbourhood is tough as I was born in South London and have lived in East London for the past 36 years. I love the Westend and city, especially Chelsea and Liverpool Street.
- What's your favourite building? The Tower of London.
- What's your ideal day out in London? Covent Garden is a great day out for me.
- What's your ideal night out in London? The best nights out in a London are dinner and a west end show preferably a musical!
- What's your most hated building? Oh no hated is harsh to me! Not sure if it counts as a building though, but I really really don’t like the Orbit thing in the Olympic Park that’s now a slide.
- What's the best view in London? The best view in London is from London Bridge and it’s the Belfast, tower bridge and the shard it’s where my east and south London love meets.
- What's your favourite open space? Open space would be a Park, I was raised in Battersea Park and love it. Victoria Park and Hyde Park are also cool places to visit.
- What's your favourite bar, pub or restaurant? Fave restaurant is always a curry place we have a fab one here in Leyton called the Shish Mahal it’s my regular.
- What's the most interesting shop? Got to be Harrods.
- What's your favourite place to hang out? I like to hang out along the river lea on the marshes with the dogs.
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? Most memorable nights out are usually live gigs, I have seen so many in London the last one was Robbie Williams at the Olympic Stadium near me.
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Along the river or canal in a nice pub having lunch with my family and dogs.
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? All the sights in central London and I want to do the duck tour from Waterloo so I would take them on that so I can go too!
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? Working in west London summer on the central line is hell.
- What's your personal London landmark? Peter Jones in Sloane Square my Nan and grandad working there and I loved the kids Christmas parties and all my visits.
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Alfie from Alfie Darling.
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? My fave London film is Oliver Twist.
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? The 60’s I was born in 63 and seems a cool decade so would have liked to be able to remember it better.
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Ultimate Londoner I just don’t know who to choose I think it’s me!