Mabel talks London
Mabel shares the parks, restaurants, and outings that make London her favourite city in the world.
"Hello I'm Mabel, I am 23 years old and live in London. I am currently working in sales for a Marketing Technology Platform. I'm a huge foodie and blessed to have a boyfriend that's a chef! My hobbies include frequenting London's restaurant scene, karaoke and fun-filled exercise classes. I am a keen traveller and have lived in Hastings (south-east seaside town), Nice, Dordogne, Meribel and now London."
If a friend were visiting London what's the first thing you would show her?
"I would just try to get her involved with as many social events as possible- there is always something going on in London. I wouldn't say no to a shopping trip either!"
"My favourite thing about being a women in London is the solidarity and freedom to express myself. Sadly in other parts of the world (even the UK) it is not easy to go out in public dressed as you wish without receiving some sort of attention. Thankfully, in London I feel like I can wear whatever I want (within reason) without being stared at or approached. London is filled with diverse people who have the freedom to express themselves without being singled out. It might sound weird to say but it feels great walking down the street and 'blending in' with all the other crazy people instead of being singled out for being different."
Mabel loving life in London with other amazing women.
"My favourite thing about being a women in London is the solidarity and freedom to express myself."
Global Flavours in London
"London is blessed to be filled with global cuisines. You find me most commonly eating Vietnamese or Sushi! Michelin starred restaurants are amazing, Core by Clare Smyth stands out as the best restaurant I've ever been to! Sticks n sushi is one of my faves for a modern take on a Japanese classic. However, if you are new to London I would recommend a classic Sunday roast at a pub."
Food from one of Mabel's favourite restaurants, Texture and Hakassan, near Marylebone.
Activities to Empower
"Yoga makes me feel empowered and strong in my body and mind. I do a class at least once a week and I feel calm and centred every time. Also make the most of the green open spaces in London. Yes it is a huge city, but the parks are abundant and beautiful! Greenwich Park is my favourite as it's so huge and completely different depending on the season."
"I also love karaoke because I can pretend I'm a popstar as I'm not quite good enough to be one in real life. Singing brings me so much joy but performing karaoke and letting your hair down with friends is so fun and exhilarating."
"I also love karaoke because I can pretend I'm a popstar as I'm not quite good enough to be one in real life."
Challenges and Advice
"Thankfully the UK is constantly evolving to become 100% equal in terms of gender. I don't face many issues as a woman in London or the UK. The only issues come from being more vulnerable in the face of danger and sexual exploitation. One thing to note is that there is still some way to go in terms of the equal pay gap from the recent results published."
"Just be mindful. Don't go out alone at night when you are vulnerable e.g. drunk and unresponsive. I love that London is a 24 hour city and you're always able to get what you're looking for, even at 3am on a Tuesday. There is a night bus, night tube on the weekends and Uber. I usually just use the cheapest option to get home at night. Naturally, be wary of travelling alone and be sensible with your safety!"
"Be yourself and be friendly!"