People: Interviews

Emma Kroeger

Nightlife aficionado and Dalston Superstore co-founder

In Conversation

We’ve had some brilliant nights at Dalston Superstore over the years, and after hearing about the opening of their new venture The Karaoke Hole, we asked co-founder Emma Kroeger about her favourite London spots.

What’s your favourite Dalston haunt?
I’ve been living in Dalston for about three years now, and could easily go weeks without leaving this tiny stretch of LondonI love The Glory for weeknight queer cabaret, Brilliant Corners for their amazing Japanese food and eponymously brilliant DJ roster, and Sunday night jazz at The Haggerston.

Where do you go to celebrate?
Because I work as a DJ and club promoter, when I have time off to celebrate I usually choose to avoid nightlife altogether, and have a nice picnic in the sun at Hackney Downs or London Fields!

What’s your favourite London restaurant?
If it’s a very special occasion I head to Sosharu for their amazing modern takes on classic Japanese dishes. Closer to home, I love Rawduck in Hackney, Rasa for ridiculously cheap South Indian food, and Mildreds is always super fresh and delicious.

Favourite karaoke track?
When it’s my turn at karaoke, I like to go outside, chain smoke a few cigarettes and have a crack at Bette Davis Eyes. It’s the only way I can get anywhere close to Kim Carnes’ gravelly tones.

Can you recommend us somewhere in London we might not have heard of?
For those who love flea markets and car boot sales, you have to check out the Princess May School car boot sale. There’s a real strong sense of community that can be difficult to find in London. It’s on every Saturday and Sunday and I rarely miss a rummage on the weekends.

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