Sade Giliberti: Life in London

My next guest needs no introduction. You may recognise her from YO-TV, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor SA, Masterchef SA and Vuzu (the list is endless).

I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Sade, she is real, authentic and living her dream. She tells us about life in London and how to save for your holiday.

What do you enjoy most about London?

The diversity. The whole world is here.  You walk down the street and you hardly hear people speaking English and I love that. I’m in an English town yet everyone around me is from different parts of the world. It’s kind of magical.

Tell us about your most creative way to save for travelling.

Ha-ha honestly? Just work. Work hard and save even harder. I tend to put money into a separate account that I ‘forget’ about. It’s the easiest way to save. But then again, I’ve always been good with saving money.

What advice would you give to first-time travellers?

Travel with a buddy if you can. Yes, it’s great to hit the road or jump on a plane by yourself, discover things on your own and at your own pace. If you find someone who is on the same page as you, it’s not as daunting as you think. Someone always has your back and it’s not a stranger. Once you’ve travelled a lot more, THEN travelling on your own is the next thing you need to do.

Take us through a typical weekend in London.

If I’m not sleeping? Ha-ha… well it depends on the weather. I’m always trying to find something outdoorsy to do. London is filled with awesome food markets – and I love food. My partner and I love going to galleries, we’re always on the lookout for an awesome exhibition. Then it’s normally some pub for drinks with friends, dinner and maybe a cheeky dance somewhere. If there’s an awesome gig happening, then you’ll generally find us there. The music options here are endless; from free gigs in small bars; to massive gigs in great venues – I love that there’s something for everyone in this town.


Name your favourite restaurant.

Ooh this is a hard one. I don’t have a favourite. I can’t.

BUT when I was living here in 2007, I fell in love with Wagamama and they’re still up there as one of my favourites.

Name your favourite local pub?

The Railway pub, across the road from me – which is nice a cheap and The King’s Arms which is a good 10 min walk away – because they don’t over charge you for a shot of tequila 🙂


Name your favourite tourist attraction in London?

South Bank – close to the London Eye.  Walking across those bridges that cross The Thames is one of my favourite views. I always take the same photographs because I am in awe of the view.


What do you miss most about South Africa?

The people. I love South African’s – we are awesome people. I also miss the food. There’s no food like home food. Luckily Italy is 2 hours away and that’s home for me too.

Travelling helps to open your mind; you begin to view the world differently. Why would you encourage others to travel?

For the exact reason you just mentioned here. You begin to view the world differently. You grow within yourself because you open yourself up to so much more. You leave your comfort zone which opens your mind up to so much more. You discover new things; places, people, cultures etc. And that alone is mind blowing. There is so much more to this world than what we know. It’s a real shame to allow yourself to be stuck in one place.

Are you the next South African superstar in London?

Ha-ha… Hopefully.


A part of me doesn’t really care if I’m not. I’m here to grow, to try new things. Discover myself more than I have already. Maybe in a year I find a different career path. We don’t know these things. I just know that by being here, I’m closer to my family in Italy. I get to see my nephew more, I get to see my sister more, and I get to be a part of family that I’ve spent my whole life being so far away from. THAT is the most important thing to me right now.

Image credit: Sade Giliberti

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