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: 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: Eloise de Fine

Eloise de Fine in Chinatown - picture by Jessy Boon Cowler
Eloise de Fine in Chinatown – picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

Here at The Wandering Tattler, we love a good cocktail. And this week’s city guide Eloise makes some of the best cocktails in London.

As the general manager of the Ape and Bird in Cambridge Circus at the heart of the West End, she runs one of our favourite places to go for a drink and a bite to eat. Eloise always manages to make us feel at home while overseeing a slick table service restaurant, a pub and a dive bar all in one building. (We recommend the truffle cheese fries.)
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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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