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Award-winning broadcaster, podcaster and presenter Clara Amfo is one of the hottest names in British television and radio. Known for her honest and warm approach, Clara has interviewed iconic performers such as Elton John, Billie Eilish and Jay-Z, and brought her enthusiasm and skills to a host of TV and radio programmes, as well as charitable causes. We managed to steal a few minutes of her precious time to chat about London hot-spots, culture highlights and why dates are best done on foot.

Clara Amfo

On Beginnings

TL: What’s your first memory of London?
CA: Going to visit Buckingham Palace with my Dad and brother and us taking a black cab ride.

TL: What was your first job in the city?
CA: In a call centre, I was terrible.

TL: Where is home for you?
CA: Cozy on my sofa in East London when it’s cold and running around my local parks when it’s hot.

TL: Which shops do you rely on?
CA: All my local greengrocers, especially the ones who stay open until 1am when I realise I “NEED” a bar of chocolate.

TL: Who's the most iconic Londoner in history?
CA: Babs Windsor, RIP!

Out & About

TL: What was the last play you saw?
CA: Sylvia at The Old Vic.

TL: Last exhibition you went to?
CA: Ashish at William Morris gallery in East London and I Love Campbell by Campbell Addy at 180 Studios.

TL: Bicycle, Bus, Taxi or Tube?
CA: Bike and tube, love a scenic cycle into central london, also love the convenience of the tube.

TL: Where do you let your hair down?
CA: Earth In Dalston or Pickle Factory

TL: What’s your London secret?
CA: The Architects Institute, hardly off the beaten track but it’s an underrated lunch spot.

TL: Best spot in Soho?
CA: Sounds Of The Universe, just to go and stand where Prince did when he famously shopped in there.

TL: Where would you recommend for a first date?
CA: Anywhere, as I’m very much a walking date woman - and this was pre-covid! You can learn so much about someone while you get your 10k steps in.

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Favourite Things

TL: Do you have a favourite work of art in London?
CA: ‘No Woman No Cry’ by Chris Ofili still takes my breath away.

TL: Favourite pub?
CA: Princess Of Wales, Lea Bridge Road

TL: Favourite cafe?
CA: Hash E8.

TL: Favourite shop?
CA: Selfridges for hours and hours.

TL: Favourite gallery or museum?
CA: The Tate stays great! Love The RA as well.

TL: Your go-to bakery?
CA: Hummingbird Spitalfields for the red velvet cake and Whipped in Brixton Market, their cheesecake is amazing.

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TL: Favourite park?
CA: Regent’s Park, the vastness.

TL: Best meal?
CA: All the pasta at Gloria’s.

TL: Best Sunday roast?
CA: Princess Wales is delicious.

TL: Best cocktail?
CA: A ‘Bahama Mama’ at Satan’s Whiskers.

TL: Favourite tube line?
CA: Victoria!

TL: Favourite building in London?
CA: Barbican, I love that there are always 30 different things going on and if I could buy it all up - cinema, gallery spaces and a flat - I would!

TL: Favourite walk?
CA: Oxford Street to London Fields, it takes ages but it’s great for people watching.

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Last Thoughts on... The Londoner

The reception, door and wait staff are always so lovely and friendly. The beds make me not want to leave! I can’t not mention the location, doing film premiere jobs are always so fun; they are always high intensity, so to have a place where you know you can fully relax and get ready without rushing before it all gets going is a gift!