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Charlotte Rey's top five extraordinary places.

1. Falsterbo beach on the southwestern tip of Sweden.
It’s where I grew up and is one of the most beautiful places I know. Either covered in ice and snow in the winter or bursting with people in the sun in the summer.

2. The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library at New York University on Washington Square Park.
It is the most beautiful library and patterned marble floor. I often spot people I admire working in there, which adds to its appeal. It’s a must visit, even if you are just able to take a step into the lobby.

3. Icebergs on Bondi Beach, Sydney.
This is a swimming pool in Sydney which sits next to the sea, so the waves of the sea breaks into and washes over into the pool as you swim and afterwards you lie on the cliffs to dry. It’s a great example of well-designed public space that brings joy to different generations and backgrounds.

4. National Portrait Gallery, London.
I love looking at people, and when I studied at Central Saint Martins, portraiture was a big part of my studies, its wonderful strolling through the galleries looking at these faces and all these life stories. Also the building is exquisite.

5.  Portrait painter James Hayes’ studio in Barons Court, London.
My friend James’ studio is just magical, it’s a Victorian Grade-II listed building roughly built in the 1860’s with incredible skylight. James studied in Florence for Charles H Cecil, so his talent and works on the walls lifts the space even further.
Words by Abi Corbett
Image credits: Falsterbo beach: sourced online. Elmer Bobst Libary: Phil Gran, Glassdoor. Iceberg Pool: Iceberg. National Portrait Gallery: Andrew Putler, National Portrait Gallery. James Hayes' Studio: James Haye.