Meet Susan May, Global Artistic Director of White Cube

“Go to as many shows and museums as you can, the more you absorb, the more your taste will develop. You must always buy what you want to live with, it might turn out to be a good investment,” says Susan May, Global Artistic Director of White Cube.

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Meet Tom Phillips, Head Chef of Restaurant Story

Tom Phillips, the head chef at Michelin starred Restaurant Story, was unfazed when owner Tom Sellers announced last year that it was doing away with menus. He was prepared for anything his boss had to throw at him thanks to a gruelling training regime for the international culinary contest, the Bocuse d’Or.

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Meet Adrian Amos, founder of LASSCO & Maltby Street Market

“All these people taking selfies, it’s a bit meaningless,” says Adrian Amos, owner of The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company (LASSCO). This is unfortunate as his showroom, set in a rumbling Southwark railway arch, is possibly one of the most Instagrammable spots in the capital.

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Meet Nick Starr, co-founder of The Bridge Theatre

“There is something very special about being in the same room as other people all watching the same thing. There is real enjoyment in things that are congregational, especially in the time of this…” Nick Starr gestures to his smart phone, a handy prop to epitomise our modern preoccupation with all things digital.

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Meet Helen Atwood, Head of Southwark Giving

“Anyone who gives anything has done a generous act and the only response should be one of genuine gratitude. It has come from someone’s heart,” says Helen Atwood, head of Southwark Giving.

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Meet Jock Stark of Jock Stark & Son Fruitiers

Jock Stark is Borough Market’s longest standing trader. A bear of a man in a flat cap and cable knit jumper, the seventy-year-old has not lost his Glaswegian accent despite 55 years living south of the border. Even when he is talking in Cockney rhyming slang.

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Meet Sherry Loh, Alexander Technique teacher

Clients walk into Sherry Loh’s artfully decorated loft apartment with back pain, they walk out feeling two inches taller. The Alexander Technique practitioner has been helping SE1 sort out its postural problems for over five years. Her clients include actors, city workers, hospital staff, and especially people with RSI, joint and muscle pain.

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Meet Zoe Roberts, Founder of Butter Nut Of London

Nut butter is enjoying a moment, riding the wave of the vegan movement and hailed by fitness gurus for their (good) fat and protein content. This is great news for Zoe Roberts, founder of Butter Nut of London, who trades at Borough Market.

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Meet Peter Layton, Founder of London Glassblowing

Just metres from Bermondsey Street’s many digital creative agencies, where the latest software is used to bring designs to life, a more ancient form of art is in progress.

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Meet Kim Innes, Founder of Humble Crumble

“My favourite is gin, rhubarb, raspberry and apple, because I love the sour flavours.” Kim Innes is not talking cocktails, but crumbles. The description does not sound like the pudding that graces Sunday lunch tables and her version certainly does not look like it either.

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