Gabrielle (Gabi) Smith
Hats I rock:
I’m the founder of iam:thenublack, an online platform created to celebrate the work of contemporary black creatives. I also work for ITV News as a Jr. Motion Graphic Designer.
You’ve got nothing but love for your city because:
Its history makes it an exciting place to discover, even if you’ve lived here all your life.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
London’s Best Kept Secret:
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is a public garden in the centre of Dalston. It’s free and a really cool place to visit. A number of events are hosted throughout the year here including gardening meetups, children’s activities and parties. If you’re thinking of holding an event and want it to be unique – the Eastern Curve Garden is the perfect place!
You’re celebrating yet another accomplishment with friends. Where can we find you?
Busaba Eathai. This is one of my favourite Thai restaurants in London. The food and drinks menu (which offer a range of freshly made juices) are simple but full of flavour. The interior of this Thai eatery is gorgeous too. The only downside is that they don’t reserve tables so you have to queue outside. Don’t worry, it’s worth the wait!
The best shopping in London can be found:
Portobello Market over the weekend is a really great place to go even if you don’t buy anything. The market area has everything a vintage lover could ask for and the streets are lined with stalls selling food and handmade goods. It has some great boutiques and art galleries as well. It’s such a nice atmosphere during the summer.
The city’s greatest lattes and free wi-fi:
Cafe Oto. It’s a cafe/chill out space that doubles up as a music venue. I’ve had a few meetings there and it has a nice vibe. It’s not on the main road and is quite hidden away which adds to its laid back character.
London networking at its best:
So many people are putting on networking events in London it’s hard to choose which one to go to – there’s probably a networking event going on right now!
The Cultural Expose’s Culture Club puts on social evenings at different venues in London each month. It was created last year to connect people interested in arts & culture and ranges from Hip Hop pub quiz nights to gallery visits. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make connections.
London’s Guilty Pleasure:
Hip Hop Karaoke on Thursday’s at The Social. This night is possibly one of the funniest experiences I’ve had in my life. Even if you don’t take part, watching grown men in business suits rapping to Biggie’s Juicy is something you won’t forget in a hurry!
The place every tourist must visit:
The Southbank, home of the British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre and National Theatre. Even if you haven’t purchased a ticket for the event at these places they have great free activities daily.
Why my city rocks for Fly Female Entrepreneurs:
For a while I always envied the abundance of cool fly girls in other cities but over the last few years, I’ve had the honour of meeting my fair share of Fly Female Entrepreneurs from London. They are quintessential Londoners who are versed in international affairs, music, and culture, all of which makes them beautifully unique and driven to succeed.
To learn more about arts and culture in London visit Gabrielle’s site, iam:thenublack by clicking here.