MY CITY: LONDONMay 19, 2014
With Field Day just round the corner, we figured it a fine idea to delve a little deeper into the capital’s roots and ask some of our favourite Londoners for the low-down on the city’s lesser-known attractions.
From London’s best busker to the coolest dive bar in town – these alt-tips will serve you well when loitering the streets pre and post your Field Day festivities.
Mark Wilding – Editor – Dalstonist
UO: Where’s your favourite dive bar?
M: Got to be Alibi – it’s pretty much the only place you can get a beer in Dalston after midnight on a Tuesday. Admittedly, you never know whether they’re going to be playing tech house or rockabilly but that’s a risk you’ve got to take.
UO: Where’s the friendliest off-licence?
M: The first time I went to Cuckoo Wines on Stoke Newington Road, the guy behind the counter sighed and told me to put the bottle of mass-produced Rioja back on the shelf and pick something else. Which wasn’t exactly friendly, but if you want someone to point out your bad taste then Cuckoo Wines is the off-licence for you.
UO: Best curb to drink with your friends on?
M: Well, probably not the car park at the Truman Brewery. They have signs up which prohibit sitting on the curb, which tells you pretty much all you need to know about why you should never fucking go there. Pick a curb with a toilet and an off-licence in close proximity. So probably the one at the London Fields end of Broadway Market.
Lucie Kerley – lifestyle blogger – Lucie Loves
UO: Where’s your favourite park spot?
L: I love a birthday BBQ with friends at Victoria Park.
UO: How about the best-hidden live music venue?
L: The Old Blue Last has tons of free gigs and is a great place to find new up and coming bands, and acoustic artists such as The Lion and the Wolf.
UO: Where do you head when searching for street art?
L: It goes without saying: Shoreditch, and east London in general, is the king of street art. Every man, woman and child worth their paint wants to exhibit here. Walk down Brick Lane on a Saturday afternoon and take time to wander off up unsuspecting side streets for sightings of amazing work by well-known street artists like Ben Eine, Mr Penfold, Shepard Fairey, ATM Street art, Banksy, and Swoon, to name but a few.
Jennifer Robson – Fashion Blogger – Styleeast.
( Image credit – www.whereislondon.co.uk )
UO: Where’s the best place to pose for street style?
J: Without a doubt, Redchurch Street in east London, and its surroundings alleys. The graffiti makes a perfect backdrop, and it feels like a little slice of Brooklyn in the middle of London.
UO: Who gets your vote for best busker in town?
J: I had the absolute pleasure of stumbling across Marques Toliver busking on Brick Lane a few summers ago; he stopped me in my tracks. He was selling his own CDs but he’s got a deal now and deserves to be huge.
UO: Where do you like to catch a drink with your mates?
J: There are some great events on these days at Netil Market in Hackney, with amazing food. You can bring your own beer and hang out. I do a yard sale there the first Sunday of every month and it has a real community, street party vibe.
Hannah Rose – Fashion Blogger – Fashion Kill.
UO: Where do you head when in need of a dive bar?
H: The Big Red in Holloway. It’s always got the best rock music playing, cheap beer, and the greasiest food you could imagine.
UO: How about your posing territory for street style?
H: There are lots of great side streets around Brick Lane that are amazing for photographs. The area has so much character; it’s one of my favourite places to waste time.
UO: Which parlour inks the best tattoos in town?
H: Butterfly Tattoo in Ealing. It’s really small and on the outskirts of London – so pretty unheard of – but they’re amazing. They did the rose sleeve on my forearm, which is my favourite piece.
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