Elli and Me­hdi tell us more about how they spend time in and around their London home

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A per­fect day at home in­volves loung­ing by the fire­place, read­ing the news­pa­pers or Sun­day lunch when the bar­be­cue is on, the beer is chill­ing and you know that friends are com­ing over.

We spend the most time in our of­fice or the kitchen.

Even when we’re not en­ter­tain­ing, we do a lot of cook­ing. We also tend to eat in the kitchen as a fam­ily. I cook Per­sian stews with saf­fron and lots of herbs, but Me­hdi ex­per­i­ments with Ja­panese and Chi­nese dishes. Last week he cooked seafood pasta; it was so amaz­ing, I felt like I was in Italy [Elli].

My favourite pieces are my 35mm cam­eras.

I’ve been col­lect­ing them for­ever and I use quite a lot of them. I like to think of them as lit­tle boxes that cap­ture a per­son’s his­tory, their dreams and good times. I just wish they could talk – they’d tell amaz­ing sto­ries [Me­hdi].

Our favourite mem­ory here is of Christ­mas 2014.

It was our first fes­tive sea­son in the house. Me­hdi or­dered a tree on­line and when it ar­rived it was huge. It took three guys to help us get it in the house. It was won­der­ful [Elli].

We shop at the Ira­nian Hor­muz Gro­cery Store on Finch­ley Road,

which is a 15-minute drive away. Last Christ­mas we bought our meat from Hamp­stead Butcher & Provi­dore (hamp­stead­butcher.com), but mostly we tend to go to Not­ting Hill to shop. We lived there for so many years and the own­ers of the lo­cal shops know us – our favourite place is the Lis­boa Patis­serie on Gol­borne Road.


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