Saturday, August 11, 2018

Q & A with Jez Tepano of The Bespokist Society Guide to...London

The Bespokist Society’s Jez Tepano offers some handy tips to tourists visiting London this Summer.

Q : So Jez, what are all the cool kids in London doing this Summer?

A : 2018 has actually been a really weird Summer so far - first off everyone was drinking craft Vermouth in Cockfosters but then all of a sudden people started getting into artisan welding and urban archery. Unfortunately there’s a real feeling that Summer 2018 is still searching for its identity.

Q : Which tourist attractions do you think are most overrated and underrated in London?

A :  Most overrated – Without a doubt the River Thames. Yes it runs through parts of the City but it’s entirely absent from huge parts of both North and South London which is a great shame.

As for the most underrated – probably the Old Marshmallow Workshop in Gospel Oak. Incredibly its cast iron marshmallow press dates back to the 14th century but is still working today. And I love that the guys who run it aren’t afraid to move with the times - their plantain and tofu marshmallow makes a very indulgent afternoon treat.

Q : Do you think visitors will notice Brexit impacting Londoners?

A : Sadly we can all see it’s having a profound effect. Before June 2016 Londoners were famous for their natural smileyness and for often breaking into impromptu song - even on underground trains. Unfortunately now people have become increasingly wary of strangers and avoid public spaces for fear of street fighting between Brexiteers and Remainers.

Q : Where would a star-struck visitor go if they wanted to bump into a famous resident?

A : The London Aquarium. Last year I saw none other than Richard Williams (dad to Venus and Serena) in the petting area tickling a stingray.  

The Bespokist Society Guide to…London

"sparse... some glaring omissions” FoodPorn London

“only page 23 is of mild interest”

“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society

You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners - from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers - and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.

Author Bio –
The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a work of fiction written by born and bred Londoner, Jeremy Liebster. Somewhat surprisingly, Jeremy is also a city lawyer – formerly at DLA Piper and now a General Counsel within a large private equity group. Jeremy is utterly obsessed with travel books and although he might poke fun at urban fads, hipster fried chicken is his guilty pleasure. He also has an unusual interest in clothes hangers.

Social Media Links – @TheBespokist

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