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Metropolitans: Sarah Akwisombe, blogger and music mentor

I am…a bit of a delboy; I like to get involved in lots of projects! My main focus is on the business that I’m currently setting up called ‘On The Buttons’ which offers advice and training for the modern music industry. I also run my own blog/website – www.SarahAkwisombe.com – which is all about what I’m up to workwise, what I’m wearing, where I recommend to go out and my opinions on daily issues.

The area in London I call home is…Croydon. If you can call it London that is; my house actually falls under Surrey but whatever, I very much feel a part of London because I spend so much time here and I am totally and utterly in love with it.

 I’ve got to have a meal at…The Blue Elephant on Fulham Broadway. The setting is like some kind of tropical paradise and although the food is a tad expensive it’s soooo worth it. I’m dribbling thinking about it now actually. My second choice would be Song Que on Kingsland Road which does great Vietnamese food. It looks like a shithole but the food is fantastic (I’d recommend the summer rolls for a starter).

 I tend to get my threads from…I do 90% of my shopping online. ASOS is my go-to spot, but I’ve also found a new website called Shopstyle which lets you put in a keyword and will scour hundreds of shops to give you the results so you can always find what you’re after. I buy lots of vintage bits, mainly band T shirts and strange jumpers from eBay and markets when I have time. I team your usual girly high street bits with vintage t-shirts and urban streetwear, such as Trainerspotter who have cool tees and accessories.

 To enjoy London’s nightlife, you should…Make sure you have planned how to get home or saved money for a taxi!

 If I was mayor, I would…Put more money into youth music programmes. One of my other projects is that I teach young people how to produce music or I record them in the studio. It’s such a cliche but it totally keeps them out of trouble and they have a safe area to vent their frustration and ego without it getting them into bad situations.

 My favourite spot to check out art is…Funnily enough yet ANOTHER one of the projects I work at is a street art agency called Art Is The Cure. We manage a great bunch of street artists who do everything from Banksy-esque political stencil stuff to more intricate illustrations and photography pieces. One of our artists, Rich Simmons is currently showing work at Opera Gallery on Bond Street. They seem to be very ahead in finding new artists and bringing new talent to the forefront with cool shows and exhibitions, such as a pop up show in collaboration with The Rodnik Band for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out.

 I’d kindly tell a tourist to…Stop walking so slowly down Oxford Street please.

 The things I miss when I leave London are…The music, the endless amount of great cheap restaurants, the building, the street lights at night, the rain on the train window, the fashion….EVERYTHING. If my husband wasn’t with me then of course the only thing I would miss would be him.

 My soundtrack to London would include…

 Magnetic Man ft John Legend – Going Nowhere – The eery melodies and lyrics to this song say a lot about what is going on in the world today. I’d always had a connection to this song and when I saw the video set against the London skyline at night it cemented its place in my heart.

 MIA – Bucky Done Gun– She is one of the reasons I got into music. She represents our vibrant culture and again the mix of musical influences in this song is like an audio representation of the youth of London.

The Streets’s Has It Come To This – This song for me IS London. The accent, the heady mix of UK dance music influences, the melancholy rave sound… ahhh just amazing.

Sarah’s blog can be found at www.SarahAkwisombe.com. Follow her on Twitter: @sarahakwisombe

 

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