My London: Rhea Papanicolaou-Frangista – Founder of Prettly

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Rhea Papanicolaou-Frangista is the Founder and CEO of Prettly allows you to book mobile beauty professionals for manicures or pedicures to your home, office or other location of your choice.

Favourite neighbourhood:

I love Notting Hill. I’ve never lived there, but I just love everything about it!

Favourite place for brunch:

The Wolseley on Piccadilly. I love brunch and always try out new spots, but this is definitely my favourite. We always end up going back – it’s almost like a ritual. Their chopped chicken & tarragon salad is one of my secret obsessions.

Best coffee in London:

The iced cappuccino (fredo) at Carpo on Piccadilly. It reminds me of home. No one makes iced coffee quite like the Greeks.

Favourite gallery or museum:

That’s a tough one. The Royal Academy is an all time favourite for sure; I rarely ever miss an exhibition. London really is an art hub and, as I’m very passionate about art, I’m quite big on gallery hopping. It would be hard to pick one.

Favourite building:

Do bridges count? I love the Millennium Bridge!

Favourite place to shop:

My laptop – I’m definitely an online shopper to the core! Nothing beats the online shopping experience – it’s just so convenient! If I had to pick a physical store though, it would be Couverture & The Garbstore in Notting Hill. It’s cool and quirky and it feels special.

Favourite place to find inspiration:

Bookstores – they really are magical places. There’s always so much to browse through and discover in a bookstore, and most of them have these wonderful couches that you can sit on for hours (!). I love Waterstones, but Lutyens & Rubinstein on Kensington Park Road is a gem too.

Best London destination for a date:

I would definitely recommend a night out at the theatre followed by dinner at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the atmosphere there is great. My husband and I, however, always go on sushi dates, and Dinings is definitely our favourite.

Favourite park:

Hyde Park – I live seconds away from it, so walking through it is part of my daily routine. I love the smaller paths within it, you almost feel like you’re in a different time and place.

Favourite food market:

For someone that loves the abstract idea of food markets as much as I do, I’m embarrassed to say that I never really go to food markets. Borough Market is number 1 on my to-go-to list though…

Your sanctuary in the city:

There’s no place like home!

What inspires you?

Other people. I draw inspiration from the people I admire, whether I actually know them or not. We are mimetic creatures after all, so the achievements and positive behavior of others are definitely my key sources when it comes to motivation and self-improvement.

This season I’m loving:

The new website! We just recently launched it after months of hard work. I love the way it looks and how easy and sleek it is! You really can book a delivered nail, hair or makeup treatment in seconds! I can only hope that it will become a favourite for others as well!

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