Thisweek’s London is Libby Andrews, head of Marketing at Pho restaurants, all around foodie and social media queen. Oh and volunteer for Auction Against Hunger, we caught some words with her ahead of the charity event in May…
Busy BEE! Tell us, how long have you lived in london, where and why?
All together, about four years. This is my second round here after a couple of years in New York. Even the big apple couldn’t keep me away. When Stephen and Jules at Pho asked me to come and work with them as they grow the restaurant group they built from scratch, I couldn’t say no. I live in Newington Green and love it – it’s the perfect little spot in the middle of the Islington / Stoke Newington / Dalston triangle. My only complaint is how far away I am from the beach (I’m a Florida girl at heart).
You obviously know the food scene, what are your favourite places in London?
New spots like Blackfoot in Exmouth Market and Rotorino in Dalston have won me over, and I’ll always have my go-to’s: Elliot’s Café, Barrafina, and Polpo. Food and atmosphere are obviously key, but its the customer service at those places that keeps me going back again and again. Oh! Chez Elles on Brick Lane doesn’t get enough buzz from the Twitterati – it’s the most amazing little french restaurant run by two French girls who live upstairs.
You’re big on social media, who should we be following on Twitter?
@photogirlUK (ShortList), @Clerkenwell_Boy, @AlexShebar (Yelp) @AdamMHyman (CODE) and @WeTheFoodSnobs – no stone goes unturned when it comes to London’s newest restaurants and bars.
A good strong list! And what about when you’re not dining out in London…What else do you get up to?
A LOT of exercising, to work off all the food! I love Barry’s Bootcamp in Euston. It’s so hard — I’ve been going for more than a year and I still feel like I’m going to die every time. And recently, I started volunteering with Action Against Hunger and Ben Maschler, to make the second annual Auction Against Hunger event at Dalston Yard this May a huge success. I spend so much time eating, it’s the least I can do to help a charity committed to saving the lives of malnourished children.
Good work! Finally what would your perfect day in London entail?
First, I would sleep in. I hate waking up. Around 11 am, I’d embark on a walking tour of the (hot and sunny) city, stopping at Tina! We Salute You for a coffee, and then Caravan for their amazing Cornbread French Toast (and another coffee). I’d walk down past St. Paul’s, over the Thames and around Southbank, strolling through Borough Market and stopping in Elliot’s Cafe for a glass of prosseco and some oysters for a snack. Then I’d meet friends in London Fields for an evening picnic to enjoy the daylight until 10 pm. Is it summer yet?
Thanks Libby! If you want to connect a little bit closer, hit up her Twitter account.