Sam Gordon: London

Security Check: Sam Gordon is the Executive Digital Recruiter and co-founder of Gordon & Eden, a boutique executive search firm based in Tech City. London native, part-time DJ, full-time father.

What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I moved to NYC in 2007 to start up the US CTO practice for a global exec search firm. Moved back to London in 2010 but stayed working between both cities ever since. I got married in NYC so it will always have a special connection!

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
My lasting memory of early days as an ex-pat was that I loved the directness and positivity of doing business in New York. The English accent meant people remembered me but I had to work hard in first meetings to demonstrate that I understood the local market.

How can New York and London better engage with each other?
I believe London and NYC have more in common than they do with any other cities in their respective countries. Particularly in media, fashion and financial services – companies should look across the Atlantic first for partnerships. 3460 Miles is a great blueprint for how companies can work together and more initiatives like this are needed.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Ushiwakamaru Sushi. Under the radar, totally unpretentious, outstanding sushi spot. Book the sushi bar with head chef Hideo and you will not be disappointed. Turns into a Ramen bar from midnight until 4am, so the perfect place to start and end your evening.

Favorite London secret spot: One of the best things about living in East London is the constant flow of new independent bars and restaurants. Counter Cafe in Hackney Wick has been around for a few years now and remains one of my favourites. Tucked away a few blocks from the roar of the A12 in an industrial hinterland it is an oasis of calm: a cafe and art space on the River Lea serving amazing breakfasts and coffee to a hip but unaffected local crowd.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? For excitement, opportunity and general liveability I don’t think you can beat either London or New York. If I could live in a Brooklyn brownstone near Victoria Park with amazing local sushi or transplant the London music scene and British sense of humour to Fort Greene then I would never covet the other! I will never live anywhere apart from London or New York.

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