Harry Rollason: London

Security Check: Harry Rollason works in marketing for New York-based startup Conversocial, which helps large companies carry out customer service over social media channels. Harry says it’s a constantly evolving market, so it definitely keeps you on your toes!

What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I was born and raised in North London and relocated to NYC for work. Pretty straight forward. I hadn’t actually been to America before I started coming for work in 2009.

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
It’s been pretty seamless. As cities, they are very similar, so it hasn’t felt like a complete culture change! I love the accessibility to good, cheap food in NYC, where eating out is commonplace. London doesn’t compare on this front at all. Although, I will say that the village feel in places like Angel are hard to beat.

How can New York and London better engage with each other?
I was actually at the British Consulate to meet the Foreign Secretary for the “Best of British” award the other day. Engagement seemed to be high, with the US winners given a week’s trip to London and expertise to help them setup offices there. Also, being a sports fan of both the “correct” football and America’s version, the more international coverage and games offered, the better.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Feels like I’ve barely scratched the surface here, but I could live here for the rest of my life and still be in the same situation. Malatesta Trattoria is a great Italian place on Christopher St and Washington St. Cash only, but great wine and pasta. Apart from that, Citi Bikes are the best invention ever!

Favorite London secret spot: The Regent pub in Angel. Great pizza and beers, plus the perfect spot to meet for a pre-Arsenal game as it’s just around the corner from the Emirates! Get yourself tickets for Saturday’s 5:30pm kickoff game and head to the Regent beforehand.

*Want to follow all of our secret spots on Foursquare? Check out our London and New York lists.*

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I’m one for living in the present, not one for wishing where else I could be. Plus, at this moment I’m pretty content living the dream in NYC.

In flight entertainment:

  • What’s playing in your headphones right now? Cliché, but right at this moment, Oasis.
  • And what are you currently reading? All The King’s Men.

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