Islington, north London. I love it – it’s definitely home.
I love the Estorick Collection, a small gallery a few minutes from Highbury & Islington station. It’s very unassuming so many people don’t realise it’s there. It’s free for under 18s and students, and it’s very peaceful there.
I cheekily have two, as it totally depends on the weather for me (I’m so British). In the sunshine, it’s Hampstead Heath. When it’s cold or wet, it’s definitely the different museums and galleries. I most recently went to the Wallace Collection in Marylebone – as well as the artwork, the courtyard in the centre is a beautiful place to sit or have a drink.
I didn’t find any specific gems as such, but I found a new love of walking –- exploring the little streets that I wouldn’t normally walk down as they weren’t on my direct route to a destination.
Making a coffee and heading out with it for a walk – I like to go along the canals to Regent’s Park and then walk up Primrose Hill to look at the view of my favourite city. The scale of it is quite humbling and calming.
I’m trying to buy less and, when I do buy, prioritise good quality clothes which I’ll love forever. It’s not cheap, but I love the curated collections in Wild Swans (they have a store on Upper Street in Islington and also in Chiswick). They are always competitively priced and have Scandi clothes you can’t find outside of Copenhagen – plus if you sign up to their mailing lists you get a heads up about their sales which are always great in-store.
I’m not sure if it would count as incredible, but my favourite kind of date is a lovely walk along the canals and up to Primrose Hill for a picnic with a view of my favourite city.
Sort out the night tube and make sure women can get home safely (only a day’s work, of course).
Never, ever bored.
Francesca Specter is the writer of The Shoulds newsletter, author of Alonement and host of an award-nominated podcast of the same name. She has lived in Primrose Hill as a household-of-one for four years.
Sydney-born Saff Williams, a Maida Vale resident and art enthusiast, is the curatorial director at Brookfield Properties.
Personal development expert Alice ter Haar is the founder of Badass Unicorn, a personal development consultancy that helps individuals to thrive through greater self-awareness.