Insider guide to London: Marian Cowler

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Marian Cowler on the Albert Bridge – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

South Londoner Marian Cowler is one of those people who is always at the heart of something interesting. She was there for the explosion of London’s music scene in the 70s and was right in the middle of the punk and ska scenes, hanging out with bands like The Members.

Over the decades, she’s worked at some of London’s most interesting music venues and theatres. As well as doing stints at Soho’s jazz bastion Ronnie Scott’s and The Tabernacle in Notting Hill – one of Joe Strummer’s favourite venues  – she was also the first female manager of the notoriously hedonistic nightclub Heaven.
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Insider guide to London: Heather Martin

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Heather Martin with her daughter Lily – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

With her fiery hair and relaxed style, fashion buyer and model Heather Martin is one of the most effortlessly glamorous young mothers we’ve met in London, and her daughter Lily one of the cutest toddlers we know.

So when we were thinking about who to invite to share their secrets for our next insider guide to London, we realised north Londoner Heather could offer us a pretty unique perspective.
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Insider guide to London: Ria Zmitrowicz

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Ria in M1lk in Balham – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler
This week’s London guide Ria is both incredibly sweet and incredibly driven. She’s not afraid to take a risk and follow her dreams – which is how she became an actress and ended up moving to London in one fell swoop.
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Insider guide to London: Georgia Collett

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Georgia buying trinkets in Portobello Market – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

We first encountered this week’s London guide at a dance class in a pub in Queens Park and she instantly stood out as the best dressed woman in the room. Georgia always seemed to choose the perfect fabrics, prints and cuts; so it wasn’t too much of surprise to discover that she’s an alumni of the textiles degree course at the Royal College of Art – an institution that can lay claim to alumni including Erdem, Zandra Rhodes and Ossie Clark.

Her aesthetic –  clean modern shapes in a slightly retro colour scheme punctured with bursts of bright pink – is very much carried through to her home, which manages to be both incredibly stylish and incredibly welcoming (also a pretty good way to describe Georgia herself).
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Insider guide to London: Emily Dicks

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Emily in Brixton Market – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

If you want to know about music in London then Emily is absolutely your go-to guide. As a radio producer she’s worked on all sorts of music shows in a career that’s taken her from London to Wales, to Jamaica and back to the hallowed halls of the BBC’s London HQ. If you enjoy new music and listen to the BBC’s Radio 1 or 1Xtra you may have heard her work.
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