We’re asking BIMM students and alumni to share their favourite things about the city they study in! So here’s 2017 BIMM London alumnus Andrea Di Giovanni with his top tips for the UK’s capital!
How would you summarise London?
It’s a land of opportunities and a place of free self expression.
Do you remember the first gig you saw in the city?
I’m not 100% sure but I think it was Jessie J at the Roundhouse for the iTunes Festival. It was SO GOOD!
And the last?
The last arena gig I went to was Beyoncé at Wembley Stadium. It was the best concert of my life so far!
If you had someone visiting for 24 hours, where would you take them?
I’d take them to Soho, for sure, but also to Kew Gardens – I love it over there!
What would you say is London’s hidden gem?
To me it’s every secret alley; the hidden pubs and shops. It’s something in the air. It’s quite hard to describe but it’s there… you just feel it!
The best for…
For a quick pint?
The Broadway Bar & Grill, Fulham Broadway
For a night out?
Heaven nightclub – get your rebel on and dance to notes of your fave bops!
To see new music?
It depends what you like. If you’re looking for great electro/dark/pop bands, go to Cargo in Shoreditch.
To grab a coffee?
After four years in the city, I have a preference for Caffè Nero’s brand.
The Côte Brasserie. They have restaurants all across London and have great deals, especially at brunch times.
Pizzeria Santa Maria. As a proud Italian, it’s one of the best places to eat great quality pizza at an affordable price!
Wagamama at Fulham Broadway, as I live in Parsons Green.
The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. I played there three times thanks to the BIMM showcases and it’s INCREDIBLE!
For taking time out?
Emirates Air Line. I think it’s such a fun experience to do with someone!
For clothes shopping?
Topman in Oxford St. It’s two floors of great clothing brands and has a barber shop inside too!
I don’t really buy vinyl, but I’ve heard Brick Lane is good.
Place to see art?
The Tate Modern, I’d say.