Zainab Khan: London

What do you do? 
I do all things Operations + Customer Experience related at ADAY – awesome clothing for badass active women. With that, I also work on 3460 Miles and sometimes work as a Henna Artist.

What else should we know about you?
I’m from all over the place, I was born in Germany and a lot of my childhood was spent moving around – before I even got to my A Levels (sorry Americans!), I had lived in 4 countries and attended almost a dozen schools. It’s been an important part of who I am. What else? I studied Anthropology at Bristol – so I have a fascination for a lot of things, I love learning about anything new. My current obsession is coding – but I’m a complete novice.

What’s your historical London and New York connection? 
They’re both homes. I was about 2 or 3 when I moved to New York, spent sometime in Queens and then moved further into Long Island. After New York, we spent a little time in a couple of other places before making our move to London – my mom grew up there so it was always another place to go for us. I’ve spent more time in London than I have in New York but I held on to my American accent!

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.
I consider myself equal parts New Yorker and Londoner. I’ve been really lucky because I spent so many of my formative years in both cities and neither have ever felt strange to me – they both are big parts of me. I’m spending a lot more time in New York now because of ADAY and it’s been great to see it in a new light since my childhood. It took me no time at all to get a hang of everything New York again.

How can New York and London better engage with each other? 

I think the one everyone always says: time difference! I’ve loved being a part of 3460 Miles, but I think we need to do more in connecting both communities and I hope we can do more of that this year (if you want to get involved or have ideas, holler!).

Favorite NYC secret spot: Cedar Local – I was introduced to this on my recent trip and it was my favourite place to hang out, I couldn’t stop going. It’s low key with great drinks, music and company! I also really love the Halal Guys (I used to go as a kid!).

Favourite London secret spot: Hardly a secret, Dishoom – I love their chai + ruby chicken (sorry mom!).

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Growing up moving around was really stressful – I hated leaving my friends, the schools, my house and my toys. It didn’t take me long to realise how amazing the experience had been. I have never stayed in a place for longer than 3-4 years, so I’d like to keep that up. Maybe Germany again, Canada, New Zealand – I love Lisbon, so we’ll see!

In flight entertainment: 
What’s playing in your headphones right now?  A lot but right this minute: Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime.

And what are you currently reading? Sadly nothing – the last thing I read was the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I have read it almost half a dozen times.

P.S. I’ll be in town from the end of the month so let me know if you’re around!

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