Three words you'd use to describe your area:
Vibrant, diverse and eclectic
What's your favorite local cafe or coffee shop and why?
Personally I am a Starbucks fan and you can find no less than 119 Starbuck restaurants in central London, Zone 1. It's great to meet people, get work done as they have terrific wi-fi and of course, they do great coffee
You've got a dog lover visiting, where do you go?
A lovely park to take your dog for a run is Clapham Common, which is a large triangular urban park in Clapham, south London. The park is full of wildlife especially squirrels, ducks, crows and other type of birds, it's a great place to relax.
You need a get-away-from it all escape, where do you go and why?
My getaway spot in London would be level 9 Tate Modern. It's a restaurant that sits on the ninth floor of Switch House, the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Tate Modern extension, this committed to celebrating all things British with the most finest views overlooking the splendid architecture that makes up London.
A foodie fanatic is visiting, where do you take them and what will you order?
I'm a BIG Gaucho fan which is an Argentinian steakhouse. There are about 12 in an around London.
For starters I would go for the Tuna Ceviche, for my mains , I would order a Chorizo Sirloin Steak with Firecracker chimichurri sauce and salted chips for dessert it would have to be Do Pedro which is whipped ice-cream with walnuts and rum! Oh my gosh, I'm salivating!!! yum yum
You're filling a gift bag that showcases 3 - 5 of your favorite local goods, what do you include?
After shopping in Zara, Mango and any perfume shop (I love perfume) in Central London on a spring afternoon, I'd love a gift bag with Cheese... we love good cheese and crackers and a lovely bottle of wine where I can sit and enjoy the ambience with great music played in the background.
City explorers unite! Where would you take a visitor if you only had 3 hours to show off your area and why?
- Buckingham Palace. Every tourist to London should definitely check out the Queen's home
- Madame Tussauds - The wax work museum with famous and extraordinary people
- Hampton Court: The home of Henry VIII If the weather is nice, it would be good to use the open top buses that visit all the tourist areas in London.
Sporting teams can bring a community together - what teams do you love to cheer for?
I'm a fan of Arsenal Football Club (yep, I am) which is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England, that plays in the Premier League, which is the top flight of English football
How long have you lived in this incredible place? What brought you here and why you suggest someone else consider moving here?
I have lived here all my life and though I love to travel and travel up to 3 times a year, there is no place like home.
London a a melting pots of colours, races and cultures.
We are black and white, we are heterosexual and homosexual.
We are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and we are non binary!
We are religious and we are atheist.
We are young and we are old! London is everything and everyone is welcome that's why I love it here!
The neighborhood you call home and what you love about it:
I live just on the outskirts of London where it is referred to as a the suburbs. It greenery and open air, makes it a great place in which to raise children
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Who is Michelle Raymond?
Michelle is a HR Specialist, Business Coach, Certified Master NLP Practitioner and award-winning International TEDx Speaker. Her personal mission is to transform, improve and develop the skills of people through coaching, consultations and bespoke training and to fulfil her purpose of making the inVisible Visible.