Q: Were you named after anyone?
A: My name, Ildiko, is a Hungarian name with German origin. The meaning of it is “warrior”. Ildikos are confident, smart, responsible people with good sense of business.
Q: Which super power would you like to have and why?
A: Sometimes I would like to be able to stop time and enjoy the moment longer.
Q: What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a famous artist or a writer, living in a country cottage house with a lovely large garden and a peaceful working room, writing bestsellers about mind and soul and getting tired of celebrities’ dinner and party invitations. I stopped writing many years ago but I started painting and I really love my new hobby… unfortunately I haven’t received any invitations yet.
Q: Where is your favourite place in London to spend a day off?
A: I love going for a long walk in the Epping Forest with sandwiches, drinks, canvas, acrylic paints and brushes in my backpack and trying to find the deer’s park. If I feel like staying in the city, then the programme should include a visit to a market (Borough Market, Columbia Road Flower Market or Brick Lane on Sundays), a walk in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, some shopping at the Whole Foods Market at Kensington High Street and a nice drink at the Old Swan in Notting Hill.
Q: Do you have a favourite story from your work as a concierge?
A: My favorite story is always the latest story. We had a lovely couple staying with us a few weeks ago and I was able to get two tickets for them for the sold-out Leonardo da Vinci exhibition on New Year’s Day. They thought the museum was closed that day and were overwhelmed when I emailed them the availability.
I received a letter from them recently with a lovely postcard and a thank you note inside. The entire front-of-house and concierge department were amazed and jealous as the guest stuck an entire collection of old and colourful US stamps on the envelope. I was happy to see that the guest took his time and sent me such a kind gift and it was really funny to receive my colleagues’ offers as they wanted to buy my new stamp collection!