Metropolitans: Stephanie Baptist, Arts Producer

I am… now a London-based cultural producer with a focus on visual arts exhibitions and special projects. I moved from New York City just two years ago.

The area in London I call home is… Hackney. I live near London Fields and enjoy the vibrancy of this area.

I’ve got to have a meal at… Comptoir Libanais. I love the bright decorations and the mezze plates are delicious.

I get my threads from… all over, as I like to purchase something wherever I travel. In London, it is a combination of vintage shops near Spitalfields / Brick Lane, as well as Topshop and Liberty.

Stephanie Baptist

To enjoy London’s nightlife, you should… go to a Deviation party if you are in the mood to dance and if you want a great cocktail try Nightjar.

If I were mayor… I would encourage businesses to incorporate an arts initiative that would allow the works of emerging artists to be showcased in every corridor or office lobby.

My favourite spot to check out art is… Tiwani Contemporary, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern (especially the Tanks) and Parasol Unit.

I’d kindly tell a tourist to… go to Hampstead Heath; it is quaint and beautiful and doesn’t feel like it is in a city. I would also encourage a walk through Broadway market on a Saturday and Columbia Road Flower market on Sunday.

The things I miss when I leave London are… the beautiful parks and cheap Turkish food (halloumi and falafel wraps).

My soundtrack to London would be… Blood Orange, Champagne Coast

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