Rachelle in Hammersmith and Fulham is 11-20 and is a basketball player.
A young woman that finds her passion for basketball is at odds with her parents’ expectations. Rachelle stops playing the sport but realises this is the one thing that really makes her happy and so her parents will have to come to terms with her decision.
Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? I was very young, can’t exactly remember how old I was, but it was when my mother took my brother and I to the fireworks display for New Year’s Day, it was definitely magical.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? When I’m abroad, I do miss the multiculturalism that we have in London, it is very diverse.
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? I would like to say the one I live in, East Acton, I have lived here my whole life.
- What's your favourite building? It’s not exactly a building, but I do like the Hungerford Bridge for an odd reason.
- What's your ideal day out in London? Exploring London’s hidden secrets. I enjoy exploring, for example finding the tiny cute corner shops not located on the main high street, and tucked away cafés, or even doing some touring through London even if we just walk past the attractions.
- What's your ideal night out in London? With a group of friends, getting together for a dinner and a few drinks. Strolling through the streets late into the night, without a care of what the next day will bring.
- What's your most hated building? I don’t think I have a most hated building, each and every building in London was made with their own unique purpose, which is what makes London.
- What's the best view in London? The view from the top of the Shard. Yes, I was lucky that my college had organised a trip for us to go there, and it was absolutely amazing.
- What's your favourite open space? I love Hyde Park.
- What's your favourite bar, pub or restaurant? I haven’t been to may bars or pubs…yet. But I do love Browns Brasserie or Mango Tree.
- What's the most interesting shop? I do love the Waterstones near Tottenham Court Road, has a little café inside…who knew?
- What's your favourite place to hang out? On a nice summer day, Trafalgar Square is the place.
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? My close friends surprised me for my 18 th birthday. They took me to a restaurant at Westfield, White City. The restaurant even gave us complimentary cake and a round of tequila shots on them. Could not have been better.
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Strolling around London streets, with no ideal ending destination, just to where my feet take me. Accompanied with my camera and notebook, to simply make a video when the idea sparks. Whether I’m alone or with a few friends.
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? Probably Tower Bridge, London Eye or even the London Aquarium.
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? I’m not even sure if I’m honest, I’m mostly sleeping on my long journeys.
- What's your personal London landmark? Wormwood Scrubs, it’s close to where I live and loads of great memories were made there, from childhood up to my late teenage years.
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? I do love me some Mr Bean, to be fair.
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? It’s recent, but Swing Time by Zadie Smith.
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? I am very intrigued by the Victorian or Tudor eras, they’ve always fascinated me, especially when I would watch Horrible Histories on CBBC back in the day. That was such a long time ago, now I think about it.
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? I would definitely consider myself as the ultimate Londoner. I was born and raised here, despite the fact that my family is originally from the Philippines, but I feel as if I am drawn closer to London. I mean, I would love to get reattached to my Filipino roots but London will always have a special place in my heart.