The latest in our series of London Q&A’s and the another member of the TB_HQ team, Jamie Read
Name / occupation?
Jamie Read – Director, Tavistock Bow
Best coffee in town?
Kaffeine on Great Titchfield Street, always busy and a little cosy, but one of the original ‘new breed’ Antipodean coffee joints and still one of the best.
Your favourite street is?
Lambs Conduit Street – I’ve been coming here for years and always loved its Georgian architecture, it feels like a ‘proper’ London Street, it’s chock full of top places for new threads too, so pretty close to perfection in my book.
The shop you most frequent (or would like to)?
Favourite watering hole?
The Yorkshire Grey in Fitzrovia, well priced organic ales, always buzzy and welcoming, a proper pub.
Best place for every day eats?
I’m really liking ‘Go’ on Maddox Street W1 which does great Italian street food, ideal for when you’re on the go, the name says it all really!
Favourite place to eat for a treat?
Berners Tavern – Just walking in to the room is an experience in itself, but the food is top notch and always a great atmosphere
The view, building or piece of architecture that inspires you the most?
I find everything in London pretty inspiring, but the view from Waterloo Bridge at sunrise/sunset is hard to beat, I really like the modern architecture of Neo Bankside behind Tate Modern and for something more traditional its either The National Gallery or Natural History Museum
If you could change / improve anything in London?
It’s the many imperfections that make London what it is, and if it was perfect, what would we have to moan about?
What do you miss most when out of town?
The ultimate place in London to live would be?
A penthouse at Neo Bankside – River views, the buzz and culture of the South Bank, only a stone’s throw from both the City and West End and Borough Market on the doorstep, so everything you could ever need.
What’s a must do for anyone new to London?
Walk everywhere if you can, you miss so much of the city by using the tube.
Any top secret tips you’re willing to share?
The terrace café at the RIBA building on Portland Place is great for a spot of al fresco dining in the summer.