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My Secret London City Guide; the local gems tourists miss

It’s here! A full on kickass piece of art! A travel guide for all of you who dream of London’s britpop sadness or for all of you who live here and might want new tips of what to check out. I’ve tried to vary the spots of this city guide, but inevitably they tend to all be in East London, because it’s the best. I will continuously update it so just come check it out whenever you need some tips

So here we go, all my hidden gems of London:London-Guide-London-City-Guide-Travel-Guide

// BARS //

The Royal Oak (73 Columbia Road, Shoreditch, E2 7RG) is my favourite pub. Perfect for dates and picking up cuties every day of the week. Always full and friendly, with small courtyard and people spilling out onto the street. They make it extra homey around Christmas.

Pamela (428 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA) is a brand-new bar near Dalston that still feels as cosy as if it has been there for an eternity. Named after Pamela Anderson her portrait covers several walls and the drinks sounds odd but are surprisingly good. Try their banana cocktail!

Franks-RooftopFrank’s Cafe (10TH FLOOR, PECKHAM MULTI-STORY CARPARK, 95A RYE LANE, SE15 4ST) in Peckham is a lively bar at the top of a car park where you have a view over the entire city. Come around seven to avoid having to queue and get to see a magical sunset.

the Sebright Arms (31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG) have great and cheap gigs most days of the week.

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Satan’s Whiskers (343 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9RA, United Kingdom) is a small cocktail bar filled with a mix of devilish whiskey and moist hiphop. Show up early!

NOLA (68 Rivington Street, EC2A) is a New Orleans blues bar completely hidden above a disgusting bar in Shoreditch. You whisper to the bouncer who then escorts you upstairs where you knock on the wooden door. Inside it’s decorated like an old, classy bar in Louisiana with lovely cocktails. Obviously perfect to impress people/a date! Show up early as it’s a members bar and they have restricted entry after midnight.

// CLUBS //

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Birthdays (33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 8BJ) is a typical ~cool~ place with a pretty bar upstairs and a basement with great gigs and DJ nights. Filled with lovely and slightly too self obsessed hotties and can be SO MUCH FUN. Check out their website to know what’s on.

Ridley-Road-Market-Bar,-LondonRidley rd market barRidley Road Market Bar (49 Ridley Road, Dalston) is a small and colourful bar with the impressive theme of ~tropical kitsch~. Among the fake palm trees they serve beer for £ 3 and mojito in the pints for £5, but the best part is that it’s always good music and dancing! A mix of Fleetwood Mac, The Strokes and TLC. Show up before eleven because it gets packed and the queue is insane.

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NT’s in Netil House (2nd Floor, Netil House, 1-7 Westgate St, E8 3RL) is a bar in a New York style warehouse that you enter by ringing a buzzer hidden down in an alleyway. They have a roof terrace and great view, which kind of sums up all my obsessions. Electronic music, cute boys and red neon lights.

Visions Video Bar (588 Kingsland Road, E8 4AH) is for you hiphop obsessed cuties. People go NUTS and battle and stuff.

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Moth Club (Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, E9 6NU) Opened in late 2015 this gig venue has sure added some glitter and glam to the music scene in Hackney. Decorated like an 70s highschool dance they host all kinds of interesting bands most nights and on weekends you can also expect pretty good dj-sets and themed evenings. Like the Fleetwood Mac night not long ago. Remember to buy tickets though!

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Shacklewell Arms (71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB) is the grimiest and also one of the most legendary pub in Hackney. This is a late night spot and where everything else closes people come here and dance until 4am. It smells of old beer and dodgy souls, has brilliant bands playing and the danciest of djs. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad night here.

// RESTAURANTS //

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Meat Mission (15 Hoxton Market, N1 6HG) is my favourite hamburger spot. Located in an old church you sit in old church benches listening to loud rock music and ordering beer in pitchers. Perfect to get into a party mood! I highly recommend their whiskey sours, the deep fried mac n cheese(!) and the Dead Hippie Burger.

The Richmond (316 Queensbridge Road, E8 3 NH) is a new but lively little seafood restaurant and bar in an otherwise very quiet part of Hackney. Come here during their £1 oyster happy hour and impressive cocktails.

La bodega negra, Soho

La Bodega Negra (9 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JE) is a former strip club turned Mexican restaurant in Soho. The old peep show neon signs outside lures both one and another man to enter and quickly turn in embarrassment. Nowadays served delicious Mexican food and expensive drinks in the luxurious cellars. Note that you need to book ahead of time and that it has to be the Old Compton Street, not their other location!

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Crate Brewery (The White Building, Unit 7, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN) A brewery with loud music, artsy kind of people and heavenly pizza. It’s located in one of the warehouses by the sanal in Hackney Wick, so the sunny days are magical.

Mezcal Cantina (127 Kingsland High St, Dalston, E8 2PB) A Mexikan with a massive Frida Kahlo mural covering a whole wall, delicious Pisco Sours and Mexican families singing along to the loud music.

Viet Grill (58 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP) Vietnamese food revolutionised my life. And out of all the hundreds of spots out there this is one of the fancier one but I like it.

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Voodoo Ray’s (95 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB) Stop by here to feel cool. Period. They serve American beer, gigantic slices of pizza and frozen margaritas along with badass music. In the heart of Dalston’s club land.

// BRUNCH //

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Bistrotheque (23-27 Wadeson Street, E2 9DR) is the only must when you visit London! I doubt anybody has missed that this is one of my favourite spots. Hidden in a deserted alley you climb a flight of stairs and step into a bright industrial building with large factory windows and white tablecloths. In the corner a gentleman in pink hair plays Beyonce and Taylor Swift on the white grand piano. Surprisingly affordable and plain gorgeous! Ps only brunch on the weekend, but also worth going for dinner or drinks.

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Allpress Dalston (55 Dalston Lane, Hackney, E8 2NG) This roastery makes delicious coffee and now also have this brunch spot in Dalston. Large windows and a bright space inside as well as a front garden to enjoy the sun in. The menu is filled with your standard eggs as well as extras like Swedish gravad lax or the delicious mixed plate. Also a golden star for the friendliest of staff!

Bill’s (1 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU) is a knick knack kind of spot with dried chillies in the ceiling and big ass smoothies. I go to the one in Hoxton but check the website because you can also find them in Soho etc.

Cafe 338 (338 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AG) on Bethnal Green Rd is dead cheap and fairly ugly but charming.

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The Advisory (161 Mare Street, E8 3RH) a Canadian spot who make perfect fluffy pancakes, burgers, eggs and other yummy breakfasts. Small and cosy with nice decoration.

// CAFES //

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Bolt London (Arch 3 / Fieldworks 274 Richmond Road Hackney, London E8 3QW) is a motorcycle workshop, retailer and cafe located in one of the arches by Hackney Central. Despite the sound of it Bolt is everything but intimidating and a great place to stop by for a coffee.

Sketch (9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG) An explosion of pastel pink and much like a scene from a Wes Anderson film. Every two years Sketch let a new artist redecorate the space and for the past year and a bit it’s been inhabited by the work of David Shrigley. Go here for lunch, a cocktail or swoon over their afternoon tea. Grand and pricey, but it is out of this world. Make sure to book beforehand.

The Wolseley (160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB) is also a great spot for English High Tea, but book in advance.

Pavillion (Corner Old Ford Road, Victoria Park, London, E9 7DE) an organic cafe in the pavilion right by the pond in Victoria Park. Perhaps the most dreamy summer the place where you just have a lovely time.

Love Shake, Shoreditch

the Love Shake (5 Kingsland Road E2 8 AA) have good milkshakes and romantic, red booths. On old TVs they have a never ending James Bond marathon on and it all just feels like an American diner in a faraway town.

Look Mum No Hands (49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX) in Clerkenwell is a nice bike shop, café and restaurant.

// EXCURSIONS //

Tate Modern (Bankside, London SE1 9TG) is a modern art museum (my favourite one) located in a stunning old factory down by South Bank. This is a standard recommendation whoever you ask because it’s honestly a redemptive experience. Just the premises are breathtaking. Get off at St. Paul’s and walk over the Millennium Bridge that’s in this scene of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour is for all you Harry Potter nerds with burning hearts, but also for all who are generally interested in film. You get to walk through the original sets from the eight films, hear stories from behind the scenes, experience the special effects and view a huge collection of props. Just their exhibition with all the graphic design from the films is mind blowing. I thought I knew a lot about Harry Potter before I came but the detail behind this production is astonishing. I was here for five hours and felt completely taken and exhausted from all impressions. Remember to book a ticket some time before you go!

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God’s Own Junkyard (Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ) is a remarkable private collection by Chris Bracey who’s gathered neon signs for the past 37 years. Some from today’s most famous films (Eyes Wide Shut, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman amongst others) and this is the result. Wander around in the trippy museum and experience what it’s like to be inside a pinball machine. Only open friday-sunday.

// SHOPPING //

GOOD HOOD (151 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3QE) is like stepping into Pinterest. This well curated shop sells a wide selection of minimalist clothing brands for both women and men as well as home ware and beauty products. I’d move in here if I could.

Artwords Bookshop (2022 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ) is a shop that manages to collect all the photo books, magazines and novels that makes you drool. Perfect for gifts, souvenirs and inspiration. They have two locations in east London but I prefer the one on Broadway Market.

Blitz Vintage (55-59 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JP) is located by the popular Brick Lane which is lined with vintage stores. This is the largest one in Europe and according to me the best one in London. Well structured with high ceilings and nice staff. If your legs hurt you can have a coffee here and browse through magazines midst shopping! A tip is to grab a flyer from the staff standing on the street corner and get 10% off all stock.

Otherwise, I have to recommend Covent Garden and Soho for most stores like American Apparel, Primark, & Other Stories etc. Get off at Covent Garden and work your way towards hell on earth aka Oxford Circus.

// STREETS //

Broadway Market in Hackney is stunning. On Saturdays they have a market that sells food, jewellery etc but I mostly go there for the vibrant feeling of being surrounded by ecstatic youths drinking coffee outside. Brilliant for people watching. In the summer you can buy something yummy here and locate to the neighbouring park London Fields that’s packed with hipsters barbecuing and drinking beer.

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Redchurch Street in Shoreditch is East London’s small shopping street with APC, Aesop, Sunspel and the like. Super cosy to walk down, then sit at a cafe and watch people walk by.

Stoke Newington Church Street is pretty, quiet and far away from the tourist stress of central London. Visit the Whole Foods supermarket, have a drink at one of the bars or wander through the Abney Park Cemetery, which is a dilapidated cemetery where the Walking Dead and such was filmed.

Chatsworths Road, London

Chatsworths Road I would say is what Brick Lane was perhaps fifteen years ago? A perfect shot to see the true local London. A market with vintage clothing, furniture and food on Sundays plus lots of cute restaurants and cafes all along.

// OTHER //

Finally I really recommend to check out London Calling by my friend Cajsa before and whilst you are here. She writes recommendations on what event to go to, whose exhibition is worth checking out, where to eat, which pop up shops to visit etc and is always on point.

Which are your favourite spots in London?

Linn

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MINI DOCUMENTERIES FEATURING INSPIRING WOMEN

So I’m a sucker for mini documentaries and addicted to video interviews with interesting people. Unfortunately going through vimeo, nowness or any other channel there are mostly men who get featured. And that’s interesting too, but it makes me sad because women are obviously just as inspiring.

So I will start gathering videos I find of wicked women for you to enjoy. Here is the first, hope you like it!

The photographer Jessica Lehrman who grew up travelling around in an RV with her hippie parents and has such a relaxed view on photography. COOL CHICK!

The humble Canadian internet queen Petra Collins talk about the digital outrage around her pubic hair and her struggle with body image.

Nikki Lane is a performer, business owner, traveller, tv presenter, fashion retailer etc etc. A true entrepreneur and I wish someday to be able to survive on doing a little of everything I like.

Clara is the most badass 16 year old I’ve ever heard of. She goes to dirty punk gigs to sell vegan cupcakes and she’s making it big! <333

This collaboration and discussion between make up artist Mila Victoria and blogger Chantelle Silva about being fierce and creative.

What do you reckon? Have any you like that you can recommend?

 

Linn

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FOUR STUNNING PHOTO STORIES

Meanwhile I try to make sense of putting my North American trip into posts, I thought I’d share some photo series I’ve stumbled upon.

Visual expression has lately felt so tempting to me. Maybe a little because I’m feeling lost and want to try and capture and make sense of my surroundings. Here are my four favourite ones: Photographer Nirrimi Firebrace who runs the breathtaking blog the Road is Home has started a new series called Young Love part I and part II that I found stunning. b73 b116 Lovisa has taken my breath away lately with her photography work in order to apply to a BA in photography. I especially like the post she did on her little sister Teresa that is just mesmerising. Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 22.56.53Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 22.57.14 Alldayeveryday’s feature on the women only strip club Jewel’s Catch One in Los Angeles. Just felt so liberating with a place to go and dance and feel sassy and not having to worry about men. Sidi_Omar_24hrs_01 Sidi_Omar_24hrs_02 Sidi_Omar_24hrs_14 I stumbled upon the parisian photographer Sidi-Omar Alami who ran away at 20 to pursue his dream as a travelling photographer. I’ve been scrolling through his tumblr for hours now and especially like his snaps from his roadtrip through 20 of the states in USA.

Stumbling upon photographers just makes me want to go out and shoot, even though writing is more my thing. Which photographers/photo series have you liked lately?

 

Linn

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BABE OF THE MONTH // INTERVIEW WITH DJ HANNAH FAITH

Babe of the Month is a monthly blog series created by me to promote inspiring women online.Interview with Hannah Faith Dj Selector Soulection

This month I’ve managed to grab the talented Hannah Faith, a 21 year old selector from London who creates insanely soulful mixes and divine imagery. I first came in contact with her when studying at London College of Communication in 2013 and since big things has happened to her. She is signed to the LA based label Soulection and has in just over a year received over 1 million plays on Soundcloud. There is an aura surrounding Faith that shines through in all her work. On her twitter and instagram you can find her interacting with and encouraging fans all over the world and it is impossible not to fall for her.

We had a late night email chat about working with women, and her philosophy ‘Create to Inspire’, and yes it was wicked.

Hello babe, thanks for taking time to chat with me! How has your day been?
My absolute pleasure!! My day has been beautiful, spent my Sunday with my Mother which is always precious to me as I don’t get to see her much.

You are a dear friend and a huge inspiration both in creation and attitude. For those who don’t know you can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am an Artist, Love Child, DJ – Selector, in love with all things art. I love to travel and touch the heart of others through my craft. Peace to the world.

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I’ve actually worked with you myself, even though it was during uni times which none of us enjoyed. But even back then it was inevitable to not noticed your glow and spirit. What have been the biggest learnings since?
Ha! Yeah it was a beautiful feeling when Soulection reached out and it’s been nothing but love since knowing them. They truly believe in my potential and although not officially signed to them I still feel a huge connection to them as family. This industry is very cut throat so you have to learn to differentiate those who care about the art to those who just want to make money from it. I have learned so much about myself and how important it is to always remember why you started.

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What project are you most proud of?
A recent project I worked on was a mix of mine titled ‘IN BLOOM’. Alongside most of my mixes, they are carefully selected with melodies that reflect my thought process at the time. The journey of selecting is so important to me and I want every listener who presses play to feel what i felt.

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Apart from crafting sick mixes adored by thousands you also have a big following in regards to your photography. What do you want to communicate with your work?
Love & Grow. We learn something new everyday, some are aware, some are not. Either way knowledge is infinite. In order to grow spiritually we must nourish our minds. Unity is important to me as without unity and love the world couldn’t possibly become a better place. We have to work with each other and empower one another in order to rise. Most of my images incorporate some sort of Nature, as to me Nature is beauty. Nature is God’s creation, nature is earth no matter how much you build concrete jungles. The trees, flowers and leaves will always grow through it.

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You seem very spiritual. What part does that play in your life and in your work?
It helps me a lot. I feel there is a higher God who is watching over me and I feel ever so thankful. I’m blessed to have the right people with me constantly supporting and giving me words of encouragement. I’ve learnt to live life with no regrets and have faith in my abilities. Over the past two years I’ve really been focusing on myself and learning how to maintain a positive mindset. With that mindset I truly believe you attract the right things into your life. It can be so hard sometimes when things aren’t turning out how you expected, but there’s definitely a time and place for everything so I have to remind myself that patience is key.

 Hannah Faith Interview

We got to follow you on your trip to the states earlier this year, where you played some shows and captured incredible moments with your camera. Can you tell us a bit about what impact did that trip had on you?
What really affected me was the connections felt amongst ourselves and the people we met. There was always a positive spirit surrounding us and it was overwhelming, but also very beautiful.

Whenever I travel, my number one purpose is to connect with others. I love meeting new people and discovering about their life, what they’ve been through and what they’ve learnt through the years. I feel time and space make us who we are as humans. We live in a world now where people just want to take take take without getting to know their sources. History makes up our world to date and I feel it’s important that everyone learns this. You can gain so much from another person if you just listen to what they’re are saying.

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I feel like in this past year there has been a huge upswing in women claiming space and also being respected for their craft. I know you surround yourself and collaborate with a whole bunch of creative and inspiring chicks, all promoting and supporting each other. What do you like with collaborating with women?
Working with women is beautiful. I feel we all share the same vision and we live in a world now where social gender status is shifting. Women should never have a specific role in life. We are all human beings, we are all equal if we share a passion for something we should pursue it.

There are no rules on this earth – we are human, we are free. I’m not a feminist but I do believe in equality for ALL, so when I’m working with a group of women there’s such a strong energy amongst us. It’s empowering and it teaches other girls to pursue their dreams. Thats all I can be grateful for.

You mentioned in the interview you did with Cozy Mag that you felt very lost before you found your purpose in life, which was music. What would you say to girls going through the same thing now?
If it doesn’t feel right, do not pursue it. Keep experimenting and the right thing will naturally come to you. We’re constantly learning so much about ourselves. Read more, explore more and do not subject yourself to something if it doesn’t feel right for you.

Hannah Faith DJ

What’s your favourite thing about growing up in the age of Internet?
Wow, I have met a lot of great people from the internet. The internet is a tool – if you use it correctly, so much can manifest from it. You have to filter out the negative things and follow the right profiles, blogs and look at websites that will inspire you. It’s just important to filter out the good from the bad when it comes to the internet. I use Instagram a lot as a source of inspiration ans follow a lot of great accounts that visually look amazing and make me want to step my game up.

Ok, now you get to dream. If you could pick anybody in this world to collaborate with. Who would it be and what would you do together?
Erykah Badu for sure, she’s such an inspiring woman. I’d definitely love to do some sort of collaborative project that incorporates photography and music. I’m hoping one day we could bump into each other real random like South Africa, where we could share our stories and from there, bounce ideas. I feel we’re on the same vibe.

This feature is about highlighting inspirational women so I’d like to know who’s your biggest girl crush and person that you look up to
A female I definitely look up to is Solange Knowles, in all honesty I don’t think I would’ve pursued music if it wasn’t for her. The day I meet her, I’ll have a lot to say but also a huge thank you for having an impact on my life.

Hannah Faith

What projects are you excited for in 2015?
So much! I’m scrambling ideas for a visual mix I have in mind, that hopefully will be done by September at the latest. The girls and I are working on a project with VSCO at the moment for InBloom which is our collective of females, again highlighting growth and empowerment. It’s going to be a busy summer but I’m so sure everything will come into fruition.

 

Create to Inspire and let love rule,
Peace.

Hannah Faith

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Also see interviews with previous babes:

Artist Rebecca Larsson (Dear Pravda)

Indonesian lifestyle blogger Rosalinda Tjioe (Nine in the Afternoon)

the goddess fashion blogger Clarissa Henry (Vintage Doll Risa) 

Instagram twins Elisabeth & Victoria Lejonhjärta (@Lejonhjerta)

 

All images are from Hannah Faith’s instagram

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A PODCAST & SOME SASS

Photo on 30-05-2015 at 13.52 #4Photo on 30-05-2015 at 13.52 #3I started my day by listening to pretty much all of the episodes of a newly found podcast completely naked. Thunderstorm soaking the city and just me in my eyeshadow. Everybody should spend more time naked. It makes everything a lot more fun and you feel like a queen.

The podcast I listened to is called the Heart and I especially like this podcast because:

1. It’s made by women.
2. It’s based on sex, love and intimacy. Featuring especially non normative relationships.
3. The episodes are short so it’s not a whole hour commitment but just about enough if you’re doing the dishes or walking to the tube.

I also want to recommend my friend Frida’s list of podcasts. Just a little tip to you guys because I think you are fab. Do you guys have any sassy/scary/brilliant/weird podcasts you can recommend?

 

Linn

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