The Girls At Topshop HQ Just Gave Us All The Best Podcast Recommendations

Every September, the London Podcast Festival pops up in Kings Place across two weekends to celebrate a host of key players and fresh new faces in the world of audio entertainment. If you’re a fan of a good podcast, this is the perfect opportunity to catch a live recording session of a popular programme or even join workshops on how to get started on your own! But if you can’t make it this year, don’t despair. We did some research to find out what the girls at Topshop HQ like to listen to in their spare time and discovered some true gems…

1. THE GEMMA COLLINS PODCAST

 

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Sophie Lacey, CRM Assistant

“The best podcast I listen to has got to be the diva herself, Gemma Collins a.k.a. GC. I normally listen to her on my way to work, although she only posts weekly which is SUCH a shame! I like to channel her on the daily so listening in the morning really motivates and prepares me for the day – she’s actually surprisingly inspirational! Plus, it literally makes me laugh out loud every time (yes, the people on my commute must think I’m crazy…)”

2. RACE CHASER

 

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Cailin Klohk, Digital Editor

“I listen to loads of different podcasts, but one that never fails to make me happy is Race Chaser hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Willam and Alaska. Each Wednesday, they review (or as they call it, discuss, dissect and disseminate) an old episode of Drag Race and share their expert opinions, behind-the-scenes insight and ‘scolding hot tea’ about the challenges and contestants. Additionally, each Friday, they release an episode called Hot Goss which you should listen to even if you’re not into Drag Race. Here they talk about the latest news, politics and other gossip from an LGBTQ+ standpoint and educate on current matters like cultural appropriation or discrimination in the entertainment industry – but never without a healthy dose of humour, wit and sarcasm. I saw them record an episode of the pod live at Drag World last month and it might have been one of the best moments of my year.”

3. THE GIRLS BATHROOM

 

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Yasmine Kennedy, Digital Editorial Assistant & Grace Lindsay, Online Trading Assistant

Yasmine: “My favourite podcast is ‘The Girl’s Bathroom’ hosted by YouTube’s answer to AbFab, Sophia and Cinzia. It’s ultimately an extension of their Youtube channel and a large part of it is made up of girls sending in their dilemmas, often boy troubles, and the two best friends coming together to offer the best advice. It’s super light-hearted and really easy to listen to so it’s great for when I’m doing my makeup or tidying, whenever I just need some background noise.”

Grace:  “Plus, along with all the boy-related talk, they also discuss everything else going on in our lives, from fall outs with friends to work dilemmas, not to mention the latest celebrity gossip. I always listen to it on the tube when I’m on the way back from work – it feels like you are literally having a gossip with your girlfriends so it really helps to make the commute bearable!”

4. THE HIGH LOW

 

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Becca Wade, Junior Digital Editor

“I am o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d. with the High Low, hosted by journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. They’re both hilarious, they wear their very middle-class lifestyle and ‘privilege’ on their sleeves (i.e. in the best way) and they are SO smart – I feel like my mind is genuinely expanding when I listen to them and yet it’s still completely accessible, even when they’re talking about complex social and political issues. The idea is that they cover a mix of ‘high’ and ‘low’ journalism so expect discussions to flit brilliantly from important women’s issues like abortion rights or the fall of Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein to more jovial topics like Dolly’s quest for the saltiest salt & vinegar crisps, which type of living environment is more conducive to falling in love or Kylie Jenner’s secret pregnancy. I normally listen on the commute or when I’m out running. I have to be in the right mindset though – I never want to waste an episode if I’m tired and my mind is wandering!”

5. DELICIOUSLY ELLA

 

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Alexandra Fryer, Senior Online Trading Manager

“This brilliant podcast delves into the world of all things health and wellness, feeding my obsession with plant power, debunking common nutrition myths and tackling the all-important topics of today such as environmental consciousness and mental health. This is the best audio fodder for lazy Sunday mornings in bed (extra smugness points when sans hangover).”

6. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

 

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Nina Meeger, German Editorial Assistant

“My favourite podcast is What You Will Learn hosted by Australians Adam and Adam. It’s a weekly podcast where they share the best bits from the books that they’re loving at the moment and often they interview some the world’s top authors too! It’s simple but it feels really authentic and I think it’s amazing how much you can learn in a short amount of time.”

7. HAPPY PLACE

 

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Bethany Higgins, CRM Assistant

“I LOVE to listen to Happy Place by Fearne Cotton. It’s basically just her talking about personal stories, anecdotes and everyday life conversations she’s had. For example, she’ll cover things like how relationships with friends or family can be complicated and how we learn to deal with or adapt to it. Recently, I listened to one where she discussed the topic of best friends: why we have them and the part they play in our lives. It’s really relatable and often makes you think about things in a different way.”