Security Check: Suzanne Noble is the CEO and founder of Frugl, the London events app for those on a budget. She’s had a seasoned career prior to Frugl as a PR Director running an entertainment agency, the owner of a baby sling business, and a producer for a sex education video series for adults.
What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I moved to London from New York in 1974. I grew up on Long Island, where my father worked for Grumman Aerospace helping to build the LEM Module for an Apollo mission.
Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
Growing up in London in the 70s as a teenager was amazing. It was the birth of punk and although I never went as far as wearing bin bags to school like some of my contemporaries, I went on a weekly basis to gigs and fringe theatre productions. One of my most vivid memories as a kid was being stopped by some guys in a car asking if I wanted to go party with the Clash. Joe Strummer had just been released from prison (again) and they were all going to a flat near the Westway to celebrate. I was wearing leopard print leggings and a ripped t-shirt at the time. I debated for a few minutes whether we should join them before deciding that my parents would go ballistic if I did.
How can New York and London better engage with each other?
I think New York and London do a pretty good job of engaging with each other, although it would be great if they could each find a way of relaxing Visa requirements to allow talent to travel and work more freely on both sides of the Atlantic.
Favorite NYC secret spot: My kids and I are massive fans of charity and vintage clothes shopping. When we were last in NY a few weeks ago, the Buffalo Exchange was hard to resist.
Favorite London secret spot: When you’re my age, finding a place to go for a boogie without feeling like the oldest woman in the room can be hard. Thankfully the Groucho Club in Soho has a DJ every Friday night.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I don’t ever see myself leaving London as I’ve just finished renovating a flat here and it’s my dream home. However, I’ve always wanted to have a small beachfront place to stay in during the winter in somewhere warm like the Canaries.
In flight entertainment:
- What’s playing in your headphones right now? Drowning by Banks.
- And what are you currently reading? The Little Friend by Donna Tartt.