WHO'S WHO: Julien Teissedre, wine store manager

PUBLISHED: 09:46 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010

Julien Teissedre is the manager of the Nicolas wine store in England s Lane, Belsize Park. He is originally from France but now loves living in north London. What is your favourite thing about where you live? It is so pretty round here. The park on Pr

Julien Teissedre is the manager of the Nicolas wine store in England's Lane, Belsize Park.

He is originally from France but now loves living in north London.

What is your favourite thing about where you live?

It is so pretty round here. The park on Primrose Hill is brilliant. It's so close to the city but it's green here. I'm from Paris and when you're from a city you never really appreciate it. People always tell me how beautiful Paris is but I never took the time to appreciate it. Now in London I see I'm in a beautiful city. I love it that in five minutes you can walk from Primrose Hill to Camden Town. It's so strange there, special and different. You can't find that in Paris.

And what is the worst thing?

There are a lot of problems with a new building at the end of the street. It used to be for nurses from the Royal Free but the council has made it into a sort of hostel. Now after 7pm there are always a lot of weird people hanging around the street. I heard some of them smashed the window at WineRack.

Where is your favourite place to eat locally?

I eat everyday at Chamomile down the road but my favourite is L'Absinthe in Primrose Hill. It is the best French restaurant in London and is cheap for its location. The food is very, very nice.

WHAT HAS changed since you've been here?

The shop next door has been redone and there is a great new furniture shop down the road with all kinds of house decorations. Apart from the hostel, the road is becoming nicer and nicer. The hairdresser next door is great, I always go there. The road is quiet but it is getting busier. It's all going in a good way.

How is business after Christmas?

The shop is quiet but we have quite a few big customers who spend a lot of money. Our average sale is the highest out of the 50 Nicolas stores in London. Many celebrities come in, like Daniel Craig, Tim Burton and a lot of TV stars. We can't complain.

So you've not been affected by the credit crunch?

The shop has only been open for a year so it's hard to know. I think people were at first daunted to come in because it's a posh French wine shop but we don't just have £200 wines, we also have everyday wines for around £4. There's a real range. I think now people know they can come here for all types of wine, not just the expensive stuff. The first year was just ok but every month gets better and better

Is there anything unique about the Nicolas wine store?

Yes, you can ask us questions about the wine, you can tell us what you're eating and we'll tell you what food the wines go with.

Do you have any plans to go back to France?

Right now, no. I love it here. I was shocked when I first got here how kind and polite English people are. People in Paris are so rude. The weather is the only thing I don't like about London. It makes me miss the south of France! If the sun was here it would be the most beautiful city in the world.


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