Street & Conversation with… Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Nic Crilly-Hargrave is a professional food and drink photographer who specialises in hospitality. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Nic initially came over to London for five years before heading back to Australia for a couple of years. He has since moved back to the city for another five years.  

What do you love about London?

The reason why I’m in London is because everything happens in London first. There’s very few countries or cities around the world that can say they are at the epicentre of things happening. It might be us and New York but we’ve got a crowd of people here who will give anything a go and you’ll have enough people to try or follow what you’re doing. I think it’s brilliant, a lot of originality comes from London.

What is your favourite restaurant in London?

One of my favourite restaurants is Blacklock. There are very few restaurants in London where you can say you had the perfect experience when visiting. You have great service, the food is fantastic and the vibe is great. Ticks all the boxes and very few restaurants can do that.  

Where are we most likely to find you in the summer months?

I love visiting Sardinia. It’s a country that’s off a lot of people’s maps, it’s untouched and has a lot of beautiful beaches with no one around.   

What’s the most unique or whacky thing you like to do in London?

Something that I do, just because London is a 24 hour city, I like to go at midnight into Soho and Chinatown and just walk around and photograph the scenes that happen after midnight when people are in bed. There’s another part of London you see here which you don’t get at any other hours of the day.   

Do you have a fave cultural spot in London?

I love going to the BFI Cinema on the Southbank, I love seeing films and sitting in dark rooms by myself. I try to do two or three a week if I can, BFI has amazing films and amazing programmes.