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YOUR STORY: Talking to the faces you meet 'Up East' and asking, what's your story?

PUBLISHED: 18:33 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

Roz at her 'caff' under the railway arches

Roz at her 'caff' under the railway arches

Roz Chan runs Yummy Things, a hidden café nestled in an alley between taxi repair workshops, art galleries and railway arches off Cambridge Heath-rd, Bethnal Green, where hungry artists and office workers rub shoulders with mechanics and cabbies.

By Michael Parker

Roz Chan runs Yummy Things, a hidden café nestled in an alley between taxi repair workshops, art galleries and railway arches off Cambridge Heath Road in Bethnal Green where hungry artists and office workers rub shoulders with mechanics and cabbies.

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Where are are you from?

I am originally from Melbourne, but have lived here on and off for 20 years. It's my home. I live in Upper Clapton at the moment. Last time I flew back from Australia after a month I thought, thank Goodness I'm back!."

What do you like about the East End?

"The open spaces, lots of little hidden places like interesting galleries and pubs and shops. I like to walk along the marina by the Thames. It's just a shame it's becoming so overdeveloped. I know you have to have progress, but all the new building just ends up kicking out the old people with their ways and traditions.

What don't you like about the East End?

"When I first moved to London I lived in Mayfair, it was awful. I liked the East End because it was less pretentious, more real. Now, it's almost overtaken the West End, as if the whole place puts itself on a pedestal."

What do you do to relax?

"I love walking out and about. I go on long walks and try to get out of London every weekend or two. I go to Norfolk and Suffolk a lot, as my friend has just bought a 500-year-old farmhouse there which is lovely."

Where do you go if you're out 'up East'?

"I don't really go out drinking any more. I used to go out loads, but now can't really keep up! I used to drink in the Joiners' Arms in Hackney Road, or go out to Hoxton Square, or to parties. These days it's more dinner parties."

What are you doing this weekend?

"I'm going out to dinner with a friend tonight. Tomorrow I'll be in here finishing off a few things and sorting things out, then off to Norfolk on Saturday for another weekend in the country."

michael.parker@archant.co.uk

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