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Tim Dickens, co-editor of the Brixton Blog in south London, shares some advice on living in the capital and tips on the best places he's found.

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Q. Where do you live and why?

A. Brixton - it's the part of London that made me feel most welcome and at home.

Q. What does London mean to you?

A. Home. And a thrilling playground.

Q. What is your earliest London memory?

A. Coming up on the train to watch the Lord Mayor's Show with my Cub Scout pack then dinner in Planet Hollywood.

Q. If you could live anywhere in London, where would it be?

A. Brixton, naturally.

Q. What advice would you give to someone new in London?

A. Be as friendly as you can to break through Londoners' hard exteriors.

Q. What is your favourite London view?

A. Walking down the tree-lined Brixton Hill, with the Shard in the distance.

Q. Where is your favourite place to eat or drink?

A. Granville Arcade (known to many as Brixton Village) in Brixton.

Q. Where are your favourite places to shop?

A. I love the Battersea Boot Fair on Sunday afternoons. Or rummaging through vintage as far from Oxford Street as possible.

Q. What is your favourite London spot for relaxing?

A. Sitting next to the copse in Brockwell Park, or by the pool in Brockwell Lido.

Q. What is your best London discovery or hidden treasure?

A. Gray's Inn Gardens and the various green spaces around the chambers.

Q. What is the first thing you would do if you were Mayor?

A. Bring Boris Bikes south to Brixton. And reverse the horrendous rise in rents.

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