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08 March 2016

Fashion Director of Volt Magazine and our very own Creative Director, Cynthia Lawrence-John, lets us all in on her secret London hideouts.

What/where is your favourite night out in London?

For a proper boogie, I’ll go to a monthly night called ‘Work It’, usually held at Miranda, the basement venue at Ace Hotel. The Miranda actually hosts an eclectic mix of events, music and generally damn good stuff. You can pretty much rock up any day of the week and something diverse and wonderful will be happening!

Favourite London discovery?

God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow. The late Chris Bracey made and collected neon signs and sculptures throughout his life. The neon lights and colours will keep you happy for days! And if you’re minted, some are for sale; it’s a good place to find really unusual, very unique pieces for your pad.

Favourite venue to see live music?

I like intimate music venues and events. Union Chapel and Wilton Music Hall are top of my list. I LOVE Ronnie Scott’s, basically I like to feel as if I’m in my living room at home or at an intimate listening event.

Favourite place to meander around?

Regent’s Canal is a favourite walk of mine, rain or shine. I love walking from Haggerston to Mile End, stopping off at Broadway Market for some good vintage browsing at Strut on Ada Street. Friday mornings, 9AM sharp under the Westway on Portobello Road, is a much-loved spot too. I class Friday mornings as the start of the weekend! This market is good for ‘all killer, no filler’ authentic vintage finds. The Friday traders really know their stuff and are always good for a story.

What do you love most about your job?

I love being a freelance stylist and costume designer, while also being the Fashion Director of Volt Magazine. My job is creative and very varied, which to me means FREEDOM. One day I'll be shooting an editorial in a grotty, rat-infested warehouse in Bermondsey, the next I'll be travelling to South Africa with seven suitcases and a crew who are all your mates.

What do you love most about London?

I love the cultural diversity of London. I hope this always remains as such. People are also willing to experiment in London and not stick to the ‘rules’. I love that each compass point of London possesses its own distinct flavour for music, art, fashion etc. I do think however that London and the world in general are at risk of becoming too homogenous thanks to the internet.

Favourite open space in the city to laze around in during the summer?

This will sound completely la-di-dah! My favourite place to laze in the summer is Petersham Nurseries in Richmond and Richmond Park in general.

Favourite place to watch a film?

Rio Cinema on Kingsland Road; you can sometimes feel and hear the Overground trains running past. I guess it all adds to the atmosphere sometimes!

Favourite local eatery?

The Bike Shed in Shoreditch is exactly that, a bike shed. Several disused railway arches which now house not only a killer selection of custom built and vintage motorbikes, but also an eatery which serves grub catering to all tastes. From avocado, quinoa and kale extravaganzas to the best burger ever. And coffee that hasn’t been roasted to Hell and back.


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