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LONDONER... JAMIE WINSTONE

We speak to English actress Jamie Winstone about memories of London growing up, and where she likes to visit as an adult. Best known for her career-defining part in the 2006 film Kidulthood, Jamie Winstone has this year graced the silver screen with her role in Sumotherhood, which was released back in October.

On Beginnings

Jamie Winstone

TL: Where is home for you?
JW: I was born in Camden, I now live in Hertfordshire... but soho has my heart.

TL: What was your first job in the city?
JW: Kidulthood. We shot on Oxford Street, which felt instantly iconic.

TL: What's your first memory of London
JW: Driving through town with my dad in his Jag, listening to Ian Dury.

TL: What is it that makes someone a Londoner?
JW: Hailing a black cab with full confidence. Tipping buskers. Appreciating  all the different languages you hear whilst walking through town. Going to the theatre once a month.

Out & About

TL: What was the last play you saw?
JW: Marina Abramović at the Coliseum. It was incredibly moving and her and Willem Dafoe’s performance was mesmerising.

TL: Bicycle, bus, taxi or tube? 
JW: Black cabs and tube, which is the fastest.

TL: Most iconic Londoner in history?
JW: William Blake. His work and words always resonate with me. 

TL: Where do you let your hair down?
JW: On the dancefloor. Most recently was at Drumsheds in North London.

TL: What's your London secret?
JW: The six hidden noses in plain sight. The noses of Soho, the hidden poet society... I've found four so far!

TL: Where would you recommend for a first date?
JW: Opera and J Sheekey.

Harrods Food Hall, for all the special things you need at Christmas. My dad and I used to go shopping there together.

Jamie Winstone on Christmas traditions

Favourite Things

TL: What is your favourite shop?
JW: Annie’s Ibiza on Carnaby Street. 

TL: Favourite gallery or museum?
JW: Natural History Museum. 

TL: Favourite work of art in London?
JW: I love street art; anything by Fatso or Jack Panik.

TL: Favourite walk?
JW: Embankment and across London Bridge.

TL: Favourite park?
JW: Regent's Park. It's huge but feels like you can always find a quiet spot to chill and read in peace.

TL: Best meal?
JW: J Sheekey, never fails. 

TL: Best Sunday roast?
JW: Home.

TL: Best cocktail?
JW: An Old Fashioned at Groucho. 

Last Thoughts on...The Londoner

I love the view and the cocktails. The lobby is so welcoming and the staff are always so amazing, you never feel like an outsider here.