Insider guide to London: Andrea Klettner

Andrea Klettner - picture by Jessy Boon Cowler
Andrea in her flat – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

I first met Andrea when we worked together on an architecture newspaper, and she was one of the coolest journalists you could hope to meet. We bonded over Acne sales on the Outnet.com and funny animal gifs.

Now she’s moved on to the world of PR where she helps represent architecture practices and London Boroughs. She also runs the Love London Council Housing blog, packed with information on some of London’s overlooked treasures for hardcore architecture fans. With her job keeping her up to date on all things new in London’s architectural scene and her love of modern buildings, Andrea’s an invaluable source for tips on things to see that are a bit off the beaten path.
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Insider guide to London: Laura Jean Marsh

Laura Jean Marsh - picture by Jessy Boon Cowler
Laura Jean Marsh – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

Musician, dj and artichoke lover, Laura is the woman to ask if you’re after a great vegetarian meal in north London or a sweaty, dance filled night out. She’s also a big softie when it comes to cats and an animal rights campaigner.
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Insider guide to London: Lucy Grogan

Lucy G on Tower Bridge, 2013, by Jessy Boon Cowler
Lucy G on Tower Bridge, 2013, picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

There are many women in London who aspire to the rock chick look, but Lucy is the real deal. She works for Apple Corps, the music publishing company set up by The Beatles, and she’s a biker too: in November 2013 she completed a non-stop ride from one tip of the UK to the other – Lands End to John O’Groats – to raise money for a charity that is close to our hearts at The Wandering Tattler. She knows the best places to get down and dirty and listen to really, really loud music, she can belt out a tune like a pro and she drinks a lot of gin.
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Insider guide to London: Aquila Rose

Aquila by the Lea River, Tottenham Marshes, picture by Jessy Boon
Aquila by the Lea River, Tottenham Marshes, picture by Jessy Boon

You’d never guess that Aquila was a Yoga teacher at first glance – in Aztec-print leggings, cut off jeans, red lipstick, and cropped bleached blonde hair she looks like an east London artist. You might guess that she’s in a band though, and a very experimental audio-sensory band at that. Aquila began her career as a singer with radical choir group Gaggle, a rather impressive start. She now fronts her own music project, A History. But she’s also one of London’s more energetic Yoga teachers, swears by green juices and raw foods and emits positive vibes all over the place. If you want to know how the cool kids stay healthy in the big smoke or find yourself in east London in need of a big stretch, Aquila’s your woman.
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