Annabel Acton: London

Security Check: Annabel Acton is the Founder & CEO of Never Liked It Anyway, a place where once loved gifts from once loved partners get a second chance.

What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I grew up in Australia, to British parents. Then lived in London for three years before setting sail to NYC – my home for the last 5 years.

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
New York makes you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. You can make a friend buying flowers, ordering lunch, or taking cash out! It’s not unusual to be invited somewhere by someone you meet once; and it’s not unusual if you go along. There’s an incredibly optimistic energy to the city. People are always talking about their ideas, side hustles, and pipe dreams. It’s a very inspiring city to live in.

How can New York and London better engage with each other?
The startup scene in London was pretty tiny when I lived there. Now it’s flourishing and has a life of its own. The startup community swaps lessons, advice, and stories within the cities themselves, but rarely do so across the Atlantic. A data bank that powerful would be incredible. Imagine how fast it could accelerate learnings and the sorts of unstoppable partnerships that would emerge!

Favorite NYC secret spot: Satsko. A lovely little sake bar (and my second home) in Alphabet City.
Favorite London secret spot: The martinis are like magic at the Egerton House Hotel.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Buenos Aires. I love that city. I feel at home as soon as I arrive. The people, the dancing, the lackadaisical attitude, and of course.. the gelato.

In flight entertainment:

  • What’s playing in your headphones right now? Haerts. I saw them recently at Brooklyn Bowl and can’t get enough!
  • And what are you currently reading? The Swerve, it’s a historical fiction that brings back some of the ideas and theories that set the ancient world on fire. Great for a long plane trip!

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