Security Check: Catherine Johnson is the Senior Investment Advisor for UKTI, helping US and Canadian companies set up shop in the UK. Prior to that, she worked at London & Partners, focused specifically on bringing business to London.
What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I was born and raised in NY by two British parents, which meant that growing up I also spent a lot of time in the UK. During University, I also spent 6 months studying at UCL. I knew that once I graduated I wanted to come back to London to live and work full time. Luckily, I ended up working for London & Partners in New York and two years later I made the move. I thought it might be for a year or so, and four years later I’m still here!
Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.
Even though I’ve been in London for 4 years now, I still feel very much a New Yorker. It’s not that hard with regular trips back to the US and the continual influx of US stores, restaurants and trends – I’d like to thank my job partially for that!
How can New York and London better engage with each other?
London and New York are very similar cities – each with a great buzz and interesting neighborhoods. I’d love it if my friends and family were able to experience both as much as I have – more flexible immigration policies would be ideal!
Favorite NYC secret spot: There are a lot of great places in Alphabet City, in the East Village – one of my favorites is The Blind Barber on 10th. Once you’re past the barbershop facade, there’s a hidden bar in the back!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? London and NYC – would love to split my time 50/50!
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