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Lynette linton

The artistic director of the Bush fills up at Mr Falafel, does her shopping in Stratford and says the best cocktails are at her own theatre

Home is…

Leytonstone, east London. This is where I was born and grew up and even though I have moved out of my mum’s house I will always be an east London girl.

Best place for a first date?

Nando’s. Joking… er… Ciao Bella near King’s Cross. Or the Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, which, if you’re not a theatre person, has a great bar and killer cocktails plus an outdoor terrace in the summer.

The Bush Theatre Terrace

Have you ever had a run-in with a London police officer?

Yes. You should check out
my short film, Look At Me, which was part of ITV’s
Unsaid Stories back in
August. I think it’s a story that’s all too familiar to a lot of black Londoners.

Which shops do you rely on?

Roti Joupa on Goldhawk
Road for lunch every single week (I take a shrimp roti); Mr Falafel (loaded with feta), best falafel in west London! And the indoor market at Stratford Shopping Centre — it reminds me of home.

Roti Joupa

What makes someone a Londoner?

Knowing the bits of the city that aren’t gentrified.

Where do you go to let your hair down?

Press nights at the Bush Theatre. We’ve had the best DJs join us for fantastic parties.

Best thing a cabbie has ever said to you?

I was travelling to the press night of Sweat, a play I directed at the Donmar Warehouse a couple of years ago. I was so excited and got to talking
about the show and what it meant to me. The driver said he wasn’t a theatregoer but he booked a ticket there and then. I was so happy.

Who is your hero?

James Baldwin. Spending a few moments reading one of his plays or writings helps me stay grounded and reminds me of the important things in life.

What makes someone a Londoner?

Knowing the bits of the city that aren’t gentrified.

James Baldwin

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

Provide free travel for all of our young people up to age 25. London is such an expensive city to travel around and it’s impossible for many young people to take advantage of all the opportunities.

Last thing you googled?

Chunkz and Yung Filly’s
series Does The Shoe Fit?. If
you don’t know, get to know. They are hilarious and inspirational Londoners. All their videos are great.

Who do you call when you want to have fun?

My best friends Daniel and Gino, who I run my production company Black Apron Entertainment with.

Biggest extravagance?

Holidays — but like most of us, I’ve not had one of those for quite some time, unfortunately. I hope a trip to Guyana is on the cards soon.

Most iconic Londoner?

So many. Baroness Doreen Lawrence. I can’t even put into words what this woman and her work mean to me. Kano, my favourite grime artist of all time, and Dame Barbara Windsor — she was a legend and will be missed. Big up east London.

Baroness Lawrence

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