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Travel writer Laura Porter takes the Your London Q&A to share some of her top tips on making the most of the capital.
Q. Where do you live and why?
A. East London, near the end of the Victoria line. I bought a house here about 17 years ago on the advice of a mortgage advisor who was brought up in the area. Before settling down I lived in 25 locations across London in five years. I ruined all of my friends' address books!
Q. What does London mean to you?
A. This city is immensely special to me. I have a physical ache inside if I dont get to central London regularly. It has a real pull for me which I can't dismiss. I couldn't be more proud to make my living out of promoting London to visitors as its fantastic to hear from people across the world how much they love my home city.
Q. What is your earliest London memory?
A. I was brought up in Essex but had regular trips to London with the family. I remember coming up to Commercial Street and Petticoat Lane Market to buy basics like undies and a ridiculous amount of Christmas wrapping paper one year.
Q. If you could live anywhere in London, where would it be?
A. I'd like to say I wouldnt move from where I am but I would like is to remove the gangs and underlying fear of violence then this area could be nice again.
Q. What advice would you give to someone new in London?
A. Walk. A lot. London is huge but the centre is easy to explore by foot. And get to know your local area. If you always turn right to get to the station take the time to turn left and see what's there.
Q. What is your favourite London view?
A. I like seeing London from a plane so I know I'm nearly home. I like recognising the landmarks to know everything was fine while I was way.
Q. Where is your favourite place to eat or drink?
A. Teanamu Chaya Teahouse in Notting Hill (www.teanamu.com/teahouse). Pei has created an oasis of calm where you can learn how to perform your own Chinese tea ritual and savour the treats he created to accompany the teas.
Q. Where are your favourite places to shop?
A. I'm not a big fan of shopping but I do like the museum shops, particularly at the Museum of London.
Q. What is your favourite London spot for relaxing?
A. I like the big London parks and Kensington Gardens is my current favourite.
Q. What is your best London discovery or hidden treasure?
A. Probably the Teanamu Chaya Teahouse.
Q. What is the first thing you would do if you were Mayor?
A. Find a way to bring back respect. If we respected each other it would be a better place for all.
Read Laura's London travel site at golondon.about.com
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