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Metropolitans: Ida May, model


I am… a professional dancer, actress and a model loving the hotness of the bikram and living the life in the East side of London in Hackney. Moved here from Finland 4 years ago.

The area in London I call home is… Hackney. After few years in Camden we found our home in East. Got a large space full of little swings and things n hula hoops just off Kingsland road overlooking the canal. Our lovely large windows guarantee that we will need lots of hot chocolate to survive over the winter. I feel like I’m at home when I’m walking down the streets and get a chance to catch few familiar smiles and heys on my way. I love the spontaneous coffee catch ups and surprise long night outings after exhibition openings. My ‘home area’ seems to be within walking (cycling) distance. I rarely need to travel further than that to find the action.

I’ve got to have a meal at… The Breakfast Club. You can’t go wrong with the number 3 wrap. Sometimes during the week I gotta grab the tastiest street food from the Whitecross Street Market. In the evenings the pop up restaurants got something new to offer and of course the there is all these Vietnamese places on Kingsland road.

I tend to get my threads (clothes) from… here and there. Yesterday I did some great fabric founds from the Cloth House in Soho. I love to check the treats of Dover Street Market and always pop into the Start in Shoreditch just cause they simply got the loveliest staff there. Sample sales and short trips abroad always rule and friends wardrobes are great too! Just gotta keep your ears and eyes open.

To enjoy London’s nightlife, you should… keep your ears and eyes open (again). Be with great company, look for the gallery openings and exhibitions and let the night lead your way. House parties is the way…. to keep going til the next day ;)

If I was mayor, I would… make the streets more cyclist friendly and fix the pot holes on the roads.

My favourite spot to check out art is… isn’t art everywhere? That’s why London’s so great, there’s always something going on for everyone. It’s all out there, you just gotta go and get yours. When it comes to performing arts, War Horse at the New London Theatre is one not to miss!

I’d kindly tell a tourist to… keep on running.

The things I miss when I leave London are… friends and the chances the city gives to you. The action. Surprises around the corner.

My soundtrack to London would be (name roughly 3 songs and what makes them so interesting) 

Tanlines – Real Life – RAD TIMES! this video says it all!

Cerebral Ballzy – Standing Tall – You sometimes gotta feel like 15 forever and let go. Influences everywhere, just remember to stand tall.

Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation – Gotta love the old skool tunes! People of the world unite, London, you gotta have the rhythm.

Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere – Because I’ve met some of the most amazing people in London.

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