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London With: Justin Deakin
3rd July 2012
London's cordwainer Justin Deakin knows London. And so do the soles of his sought after fine leather shoes - which hit all the city's coolest pavements. From his new shop in East London, Deakin brings you our first 'city with' - offering the inside track on our world's cities from the people who know them best.
Occupation: Shoe Designer
Your place for lunch: Japanika, an East London Japanese
Your standard order: Chicken Katsu Curry or Edamame or Gyoza dumpling
A spot for people watching: Looking out of my shop window on Hanbury Street
Favourite building in the city: Big Ben as it’s always good to know the time!
Street with the best shops: Church Street is great for affordable antiques and a good curry.
How you get around the city: Drive, walk or cycle mainly.
Bookshop where you can pick up the best reads: Daunt books on Haverstock Hill
Last book bought: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (he made and makes my life so much easier)
Your favourite Londoner: My Wife Sophie Deakin
Best vintage shop: Binders Furniture, Holloway Road & Church St
Where to go to get a cold beer: Golden Heart, Hanbury Street (Sandra is a one of a kind. Amazing)
Or a good cocktail: Claridges Hotel Bar in Mayfair. Pure class.
Any good dancefloors you’d recommend: Hoxton Pony Shoreditch
Favourite art gallery: Tate
Favourite place for brunch: Royal China, Baker Street
A great London market: Spitafields, just down the road from my shop
Recommendation for a romantic dinner for two: J Skeekeys, a fish and seafood restaurant in Covent Garden
The era you’d most like to have experienced London: Early 70’s
A must do for someone who has never been to the city before: Tower bridge and walk down the river bank.
The music track you associate with your life in London: Soul to Soul, Back to Life
One reason to love London: Diversity