How would you summarise London?
London is one of the most diverse cities in Europe. For music, the opportunities are endless, but at times quite harsh. If you live in London you know that once in while you think to yourself, ‘thats it, I’m packing my bags and getting out of here’.
Do you remember the first gig you saw in the city?
My first gig in London was AC/DC in 2009 at the O2, butI believe the first gig I went to when moving here was Banks & Steelz at XOYO.
And the best (so far)?
That’s a though one. Thats falls between Parkway Drive at Ally Pally 2019 or Pearl Jam at the O2 in 2018
If you had someone visiting for 24 hours, where would you take them?
Greenwich on a Saturday or Sunday. Forget about busy central London and typical tourist spots. Greenwich is super beautiful, relaxing and has a great food market. You grab some nice comfort food and go enjoy the view over the Thames or sit the park.
What would you say is London’s hidden gem?
Bishop Park/Fulham Palace in Putney. It’s the best place to relax on a warm summer day, without being over crowded.
The best for…
A quick pint? No idea. I don’t drink, but Apples and Pears in Brick Lane makes an incredible virgin mojito.
To see new music? For alternative music, The Black Heart in Camden is one of my favourite venues
Grab a coffee? I’m a tea drinker, so Costa for a cheap quick one. I quite enjoy their Chai Latte too. But, if you’re willing to spend a bit more, there are some excellent independent places all over London. But for Fulham, it’s Gianluca’s.
Brunch? Farmacy Kitchen in Westbourne Grove.
Dinner? Purezza in Camden
Venue? O2 Brixton
Taking a time out? Kew Gardens
Clothes shopping? Westfield, Shepherds Bush
Vinyl shop? Sister Ray in Soho And Rough Trade West, both got lots of new music in all genres, but also a good selection of old, used records.
See art? Tate, but I prefer heading east to look at street art and graffiti.