Elite Model Guide To London

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London is iconic for fashion. British designers like Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney have all put the signature eclectic style on the map through their work, and designers like Jean Paul Gaultier drawing inspiration from Europe’s biggest city. We asked our models for their insider tips on places to eat, shop, drink and relax.  

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Ruth Bell, EML UK

I’m really into the V&A museum, I’ve been like a billion times. That’s my favourite museum, I really like the jewellery displays. I didn’t get to go to Alexander McQueen exhibition, which I was really annoyed about, because I was so busy. Ironically, it was because I had just shot the McQueen campaign, and then the exhibition opened. Just as I had my first day off, it finished! There’s so many great shops in London. I like quirky boutiques - my mum bought me a crazy jumper recently, it’s black and woolly with a big hood. When I find eccentric things, I get really happy! I used to be quite girly and wear blouses, and never jeans, but I have changed. Now I’m more into Topman, and menswear shops near Carnaby Street. It’s a little bit cheaper, it’s comfier, and I prefer the fit! My sister gets really angry at me, but I just prefer the way I look in guy’s clothes!

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Davidson, EML Nigeria

London is home to my favourite soccer team, Arsenal! When I’m with friends, we love to eat at Joe and The Juice they have the best sandwiches and smoothies. I love to go to Oxford Street for shopping, it’s just got everything there. I’m a tall boy and it’s always hard to find my sizes especially when it comes to trousers, but for sneakers JD Sports have amazing ones. I love Vans sneakers you can never go wrong with them! I’d love to be in London more often, it’s a fun city, full of great energy and good people. I have family in London, and I love to see them when I'm in town.

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May Bell, EML UK

My favourite place to eat is Honest Burger between Kings Cross and Angel. It’s a good little place to go if you’re in between train journey as it’s close to the station. Their menu only has about 4 things on it but it always changes and is well worth a visit!

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Ashton Gohil, Elite London

My favourite place in London is Borough Market, for sure, I love the different cultures and food. I could walk around for hours! I have a few favourite shops - I love Goodhood in Shoreditch, and the new Dover Street Market is dope. The best restaurant has to be Troy Bar in Shoreditch! They have the best Caribbean food - anywhere! My favourite pub is over where I live, out of town in Essex - The Woodman, it backs onto an open field. It feels very far away from the busyness of London!

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Kelly Moreira, EML France

When I’m in London, I like to have dinner at the Dalloway Terrace, their terrace is gorgeous and the food is delicious. It’s so cozy in winter, they give you blankets to wrap up warm in. Last time I went, we had such a good time that they had to kick us out because they wanted to close the restaurant! London is my favorite place to go shopping, they have some great little vintage stores in Camden

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Alistair Waterfield, EML UK

The best pub in London is the Faltering Fullback in Finsbury Park. It has a great atmosphere and the beer garden is basically a treehouse! It’s hard to choose a favourite restaurant but I love Farmacy. It’s vegetarian and vegan, it’s quite classy but the food is just amazing. I like to go to Barbican a lot for exhibitions and films, I have a young Barbican membership which means everything is £5. #baller! If I had loads of money to spend in London, I’d head to West London and go antique shopping in Sloane Square!

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Chiara Corridori, EML Italy

I love to hang out in Hyde Park. The nature, the small lake, the hundreds of birds and flowers let me feel far from the huge city. I usually go there to have a walk in a sunny day or to have an aperitivo with friends – always keeping it Italian! 

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Digby Usher, EML UK

My favorite place to eat in London would be Sorrento Café along Woborn Walk. Nothing beats a café, a small family run place, they’ve known me as a regular since the age of 2. Always being called “darling” as soon as you step in the door is a heartwarming plus, they’re practically my extended family. On a sunny day my favourite place would be up at Hampstead Ponds, take a towel and a book and you have a serene relaxing day. For a night out, there are two places that tie at the top of my list, There’s Canavan’s Pool Bar in Peckham, pretty much an oversized garden shed but a spectacular place to spot me singing Mr Brightside on Wednesday Karaoke Night! The other would be Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes: cocktails, bowling, karaoke and 80’s nights, what more could you want?

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