Our music editor, Jonny Ensall, headed down to Hackney City Farm to meet one of the borough’s most successful exports. Pop princess Leona Lewis, who grew up in Hackney, thrashed her fellow contestants on ‘The X Factor’ back in 2006 and has since gone on to sell over 9 million records worldwide. Along with her passion for animals (now the farm bit’s beginning to makes sense), Lewis reveals some of her many loves in life, and proves she’s still got huge soft spot for her home town.
‘Mildred’s in Soho: It’s vegetarian. My favourite dish there is the halloumi and wilted spinach. It’s so good, and they have the best balsamic sauce.’
‘Stella McCartney, because I love her standpoint. It’s cruelty-free fashion.’
Favourite Quiet Place
‘My mum’s house. She lives in Enfield.’
‘Battersea Park. I’d never really been south a lot but Battersea Park is really pretty.’
‘Church Street [in Stoke Newington]. It’s a cute little road with some lovely restaurants.’
Favourite Football Team
‘Arsenal. Well it’s not actually my favourite football team, it’s my dad’s and my brothers’. If I didn’t support them I’d be in trouble.’
Read our full interview with Leona Lewis.