Will Hawkes


London, Great Britain

Words for beer, family and food

Who is "you"?
A journalist who writes about beer and travel, often at the same time. I live in South London with my wife Claudine and two sons. I love to read books with my boys, cook for Claudine & find new ways to waste time when I should be working. I love eating.

Wich is the thing you love the most in your city?
It’s a very energetic, diverse and entrepreneurial city. It’s full of people with ideas and a desire to take risks. I like having so much activity on my doorstep.

What makes you travel?
So I can boast about it to other people. Also, food and sunshine.

Places you´ve been in the world?
Buenos Aires: Amazing meat, intense taxi journeys, football and a pervasive sense of decaying grandeur. There are so many beautiful buildings with trees growing out of them. I ate lots of offal there: kidneys, sweetbreads, black pudding, intestines, mostly at La Cabrera in Palermo. By European standards it’s completely lawless. Melbourne: This city is devoted to sport, even tennis. I saw an Aussie Rules match at the MCG in May; 60,000 people furiously involved in a game that is basically cross-country basketball. There’s also excellent food and coffee. They’re as obsessed with coffee as they are sport. Paris: My favourite art gallery (Musee D’Orsay) and one of my favourite restaurants (a bistro called Le Laffitte) are in Paris. I’ve had many happy days there with Claudine. If you speak French - or at least make an effort - Parisians are nothing like as rude as people think they are.

Tell us a smell, a taste, a color, or a sense you remember from a place you´ve been?
I went on an exchange trip to Madrid when I was 16 and stayed with a family who lived just outside the city. They were really nice, but the main thing I remember are the dried chorizo sausages they had hanging up in the pantry - they were really good.

What is the silliest thing you ever bought in your trips?
I bought a hat in Kuala Lumpur last year to stop my head getting sunburnt, but then one day I forgot the hat and I got sunburnt. The hat’s too big for me as well.

If Lisbon was a person, who does it remind you of?
A mixture of Keith Richards and Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Elegant, careworn, charming.

We hate tourism tours?
Animal from the Muppets show

Have you ever fell in love with someone when you travel?
Yes, in Madrid when I was 16. It was unreciprocated, thankfully.

The most embarrassing/funny moment you had while travelling?
I once told a joke to an Australian that he didn’t get and he got really angry. It was embarrassing as I’m English so I don’t like people to think I’m being rude even when I am.

Next stop?
I’m going to Franconia in Germany to drink lots of beer.

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