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PR man and London blogger Simon Chan takes the Your London Q&A to share some of his top tips on life in the capital.
Q. Where do you live and why?
A. I live in Shepherds Bush. It has a great vibe, beautiful Edwardian houses, great transport links, an awesome night bus, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe and is a stone's throw away from beautiful Holland Park.
Q. What does London mean to you?
A. To me, London is a nostalgic city paved with memories. It can make you smile, cry and feel warm, all at the same time.
Q. What is your earliest London memory?
A. My earliest London memory was travelling through London to the Imperial War Museum during a school trip. The images of the glass-clad office buildings of Brentford, leafy Chelsea and the hustle and bustle of Embankment are memories that will stay with me for life.
Q. If you could live anywhere in London, where would it be?
A. Ravenscourt Park. It is quiet, leafy yet not too far from the hustle and bustle of central London.
Q. What advice would you give to someone new in London?
A. Learn the unwritten rules of the Tube.
Q. What is your favourite London view?
A. The view of the City of London from the south-side of Tower Bridge.
Q. Where is your favourite place to eat or drink?
A. Sakura, a little-known Japanese restaurant just off Regent's Street.
Q. Where are your favourite places to shop?
A. Any grocer along Uxbridge Road for fruit and vegetables. Habitat on Kings Street for the home. The Moomin Shop in Covent Garden for all things quirky. For everything else? Selfridges, naturally.
Q. What is your favourite London spot for relaxing?
A. London Zoo in Regent's Park. If you walk to the zoo by alighting at Regent's Park Tube station and walking through the park, the journey itself is a relaxing experience.
Q. What is your best London discovery or hidden treasure?
A. Mudchute Farm in Docklands. With the mighty towers of Canary Wharf as a backdrop, Mudchute provides a real contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life. It is perhaps one of the rare places within dentral London which allows you to get back in touch with nature. If you go between 5-6pm on a summer's evening, you might even catch the volunteers stable the cows, chickens and sheep.
Q. What is the first thing you would do if you were Mayor?
A. Increase the congestion charging zone. With one of the best transport systems in the UK, I cannot understand why there are still vast amounts of people commuting by car during rush hour.
Get more of Simon's thoughts on London life on Twitter @thelondonblog
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