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: Lydia Wilson

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Lydia Wilson on the streets of Islington – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler
This week’s London guide Lydia is one of that rare breed – a born and bred London girl. We grew up near each other in North West London, went to the same school and share some incredible friends.
She’s also probably quite familiar looking to those of you who enjoy TV costume dramas, Charlie Brooker-penned satire or Richard Curtis movies.
That’s because Lydia is that other rare thing – a genuinely good up and coming actress. She’s starred in a string of TV hits including Black Mirror, Misfits, Any Human Heart and The Making of Lady and has just won over millions of movie goers in Curtis’ About Time. She’s equally brilliant as a stage actress too, and Londoners should keep their eyes peeled for a chance to see her in her next play.
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Insider guide to London: Anabel Kingsley

Anabel Kingsley outside Selfridges - - picture by Jessy Boon Cowler
Anabel Kingsley outside Selfridges – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

This week’s city guide is a central London girl through-and-through. Anabel lives in the heart of the west end, just a stones throw away from the best haircare joint in town – the Philip Kingsley Clinic in Green Street founded by her father.

As well as overseeing all the communications for the Philip Kingsley brand, multiple appearances on QVC and running one of the best Pinterest profiles we’ve seen, Anabel is on her way to becoming a fully qualified trichologist – what she doesn’t know about hair probably isn’t worth knowing.
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Insider guide to London: Cate St Hill

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Cate St Hill on Lamb’s Conduit Street – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

We first met architecture historian, researcher and writer Cate St Hill when she was running social media for the British Council at the Venice Architecture Biennale a few years ago.

Since then, she’s gone on to become a staff writer at Blueprint Magazine – one of the UK’s leading architecture, design and art magazines – and is also working with architectural bad boys FAT to develop their -exhibition for the next Biennale.
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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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