London City Syndrome - The Guide



Welcome to the City Syndrome online guide to London. This page is meant as a compliment to our city notebook and D.I.Y street guide that you write yourself. We think the best way to discover a city is to find your own way around and not be told where to go. But using the world web as a resource for advance planning has a lot more to offer than a regular guidebook updated every other year. So with that said, we want to share our favourite bars, cafés, clubs, stores and galleries so you can write down the ones you fancy in your personal copy of London City Syndrome.






Millionaire’s playground in the heart of the West End. Luxury shopping, designer emporia, five star hotels, hedge funds, wine bars, high art galleries, auction houses, emabassies, bespoke tailors



Dover Street Market

This very fashionable retail concept store - or actually more like the temple of haute street wear - created by Rei Kawakubo of Japanese label Comme des Garçons, features concessions from fashion's finest. Its recent relocation to the Haymarket address means it is no longer actually on Dover Street, as of March 2016. Expect the latest lines from CDG as well as a whole host of designer concessions. Look out for the recreation of Paul Smith's first ever boutique in the basement.

18-22 Haymarket, SW1
Open Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun 12pm–5pm



Acne Dover Street

The sleek Swedish retail experience opened shop here in 2010, its first one in London. Across the four floors of the minimal designed shopping space, you'll see that they have stuck to their founding principles: Ambition to Create Novel Expressions. Multidisciplinary luxury fashion doesn't come much cooler than this.

13 Dover Street, W1
Open Mon–Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 12pm–6pm



Gagosian Grosvenor Hill

The largest, newest and one of three London galleries opened by the American Larry Gagosian, this immense space designed by architects Caurso St John has already hosted exhibitions by the likes of Cy Twombly and Albert Oehlen. The Davies Street gallery, a much more modestly sized affair a short walk away around the corner, is also worth a peek.

20 Grosvenor Hill, W1
Tues–Sat 10am–6pm



Bookmarc London

Fashion mogul Marc Jacobs doesn't just sell high-end clothes, accessories and fragrances - he also does books, magazines, stationery and gadgets which you'll find a very well curated selection of at this cleverly-named store.

24-25 Mount Street, W1
Mon–Sat 11am–7pm



Hauser & Wirth

The London branch of this global gallery is breath-taking in its size and stunning in its scope of modern and contemporary art. From Louise Bourgeois and Philip Guston to Dan Graham and Paul McCarthy, expect blockbuster shows from the best international talent in sculpture, painting, photography and more.

23 Savile Row, W1
Tues–Sat 10am–6pm



Browns Fashion

One of London's leading fashion landmarks, this men's and women's designer emporium is spread out across several town houses on the chic shopping strip South Moulton Street. The handpicked collections include the likes of Raf Simons, Saint Laurent and Dries Van Noten. The menswear at number 23 is a particularly well-curated delight for fashionistas from around the world.

24-27 South Molton Street, W1
Mon–Sun 10am-7pm



Curzon Mayfair Cinema

With its stunningly arty interior and pan-Asian seafood menu, Sexy Fish is the perfect restaurant to take your entourage on a special occasion. From the Frank Gehry sculptures and the two largest live coral reef tanks in the world, to its resident DJ playing til 2am in the bar, it's guaranteed to impress. Located on the South East corner of Berkeley Square at the heart of Mayfair, it can seat 200 diners as they chow down on octopuss capaccio, beef & foie gras gyoza, griddled black tiger prawns, duck's heart skewers and miso glazed Chilean sea bass. Don't leave without trying the lychee & rose sorbet or the cinnamon donuts in chocolate sauce.

Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, W1
Open Mon-⁠Sat 12pm-⁠11pm, Sun 12pm-⁠10.30pm



Curzon Mayfair Cinema

This icon of independent cinema in the heart of Mayfair is part of a chain of theatres specialized in art house film. Special previews, premieres, festivals and conferences supplement the sometimes high-brow selection of movies.

38 Curzon Street, W1
Mon–Sun times vary






London’s seedy centre packed with cool bars, nightlife, coffee culture and boutique shopping. It is home to London's gay village, Chinatown and its media & advertising industry.



The Photographer's Gallery

This is London’s ultimate photography experience. Set over three floors of exhibition space, the gallery is a hotbed of photographic talent both old and new. Check out the print sales shop and the book store in the basement, then stay for a coffee or lunch in the ground floor the café. Free entry before midday.

16-⁠18 Ramillies Street, W1
Open Mon–Sun 10am-⁠6pm



Graphic Bar

The street art on the walls and the live DJ makes this trendy gin palace a perfect place for afterwork drinks that go on late into the night. Its laid back but noisy atmosphere makes it the archetypal Soho bar.

4 Golden Square, W1
Open Mon–Sat 12pm-⁠12am



Experimental Cocktail Club

The trend for secret speak-easy cocktail clubs was set by this basement bar that still remains hidden from view behind a non-descript door on Chinatown’s busiest strip. The resident mixologists concoct original but slightly pricey cocktails, such as the Stockholm Syndrome, in a 1920s prohibition-themed décor.

13a Gerrard Street, Chinatown, W1
Open Mon–Sat 6pm-⁠3am



Social Eating House

In-demand chef Jason Atherton’s Soho outpost is a celebration of eclectic cooking for lovers of gastronomic dining. Open for lunch and dinner, the ambiance is informal and the menu excellent value for money. Look out for the Blind Pig cocktail bar upstairs, accessible through a secret street-level door.

58 Poland Street, London W1
Open Mon–Sat 12pm-⁠10.30pm



Sadie Coles

This cutting-edge contemporary gallery represents leading artists such as Sarah Lucas, Richard Prince and Matthew Barney. The vast first floor space, with views over Regent Street, are a perfect platform for the exhibitions presented, usually mixing several disciplines from painting and drawing, to video and audio installations.

62 Kingly Street, W1
Open Tue–Sat 10am-⁠6pm




This achingly hip skateboard shop sells Palace-branded tee shirts, tracksuits, hats, sweats, trousers as well as the odd bit of skating hard ware. Laid-out like a futuristic concept store with a custom-made marble floor and a hip hop sound track, this is London’s coolest skate culture hang-out. Just don’t call it a UK version of Supreme.

26 Brewer Street, W1
Open Mon–Sun 11am-⁠7pm




The new flag-ship store a couple of doors down from the original Foyles bookshop is the largest of its kind in the world with over 30 miles of shelves. As an independent bookstore, it stocks titles from all kinds of publishers, with the travel, art and photography sections being particularly well stocked. Disclosure: Foyles is a City Syndrome reseller.

107 Charing Cross Road, WC2
Open Mon–Sun 9.30am-⁠9pm



Claire De Rouen Books

Cult, independent book shop located above a bookies with a specialist focus on fashion, art and photography. If you’re looking for out-of-print editions, hard-to-find look books or limited-edition zines, the hand-picked selection of over 3000 titles by owner Lucy Moore is sure to satisfy even the most obscure tastes in publishing.

First Floor, 125 Charing Cross Road, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 12pm-⁠6.30pm




This independent chain of artisan bakeries is an ideal meet-up for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. Pull up a red-topped stool at one of the bar-high tables, order a latte and treat yourself to one of their pastries, such as the cinnamon buns and blueberry pancakes, or splurge on the brioche French toast with maple bacon. All ingredients are local and organic. Naturally.

128 Wardour Street, W1
Open Mon-⁠Sun 8am-⁠7pm



Flat White

The baristas at this beacon of London coffee culture roast their beans with perfection. Since 2005, the Aussie/Kiwi team have been serving the finest caffeine fixes with their 4 group Synesso machine, plus regular foodie staples like the smashed avocado toast or their famous banana bread.

17 Berwick Street, W1
Open Mon-⁠Sun 8am-⁠6pm



Flat White

Vinyl is not dead at this most independent of London record shops founded in 1987. Crate diggers and train spotters hunt down new and second-hand long players and CDs from a vast selection of tunes from grime and rock to punk and funk. Berwick Street is home to quite a few record shops, including Reckless Records and Soul Jazz, but Sister Ray has become an institution.

75 Berwick St, W1
Open Mon-⁠Sat 10am-⁠8pm




Sneaker heads and footwear aficionados head to this shed-themed retail space, stocking rare treads from Nike Tier zero, Adidas Consortium, Puma List and Converse First String, plus specialist clothing and accessories.

80 Berwick St, W1
Open Mon-⁠Sat 10am-⁠8pm






Historic market place known for high street fashion, independent shops and a bit of high end retail, plus after-work pubs, coffee shops, opera and theatre.




Magma deals in all things paper: books, magazines, stationery and cool gift ideas, including origami lamps, toys and pop-up “stickyscapes”. They also sell tee shirts, gloves, bags, mugs and pretty much everything else in between as long as it fits in with the store’s minimal design aesthetic. Also worth checking out are the mainly illustrated and graphic design exhibitions in the basement.

29 Shorts Gardens, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sun 11am-⁠7pm



Monmouth Coffee Company

With more than 35 years’ experience of brewing the finest, responsibly-sourced coffee from around the world, Monmouth is London’s original brewer of beans. Originally set up as a tasting shop for clients buying their beans, it is now a micro-chain with two other locations around town, but this outlet, tucked away in the charming Neal’s Yard (at the rear of Monmouth Street), is the most charming, even if it does get packed.

27 Monmouth Street WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 11am-⁠7pm



Koenig Books

Owned by German bookseller and publisher Walther König, this wedge-shaped, two-storey book shop is specialized in art, architecture and photography. The selection is very much on-trend with many contemporary titles as well as some classic editions that every book shelf should contain.

80 Charing Cross Rd, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 11am-⁠8pm




Founded in 1964 by design addict Zeev Aram, his store is now the capital's top destination for furniture and product design. The showroom is set across four floors, stocking chairs, tables, sofas, lamps and much more from design brands Cassina, Vitra, Knoll, Montana, USM, Magis, Kartell, Fritz Hansen, plus Eileen Gray, who gave Zeev Aram the world licence to introduce, produce and distribute her designs.

110 Drury Lane, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 10am-⁠6pm




At this 60-seat eaterie French chef Gregory Marchand, behind the Frenchie "empire" on the rue du Nil in Paris, proposes generous, yet precise dishes heavily influenced by his travels from London to New York through Spain and Hong Kong. The whitewashed walls and exposed brickwork lend the space a contemporary feel, indicative of London's dining scene viewed through the eyes of a... Frenchie.

16 Henrietta Street, WC2
Open Tue-⁠Sun 12am-⁠2.15pm & 6pm-10.30pm



London Graphic Centre

Founded in 1973, the flagship store of this vast artist supplies centre is the biggest of its kind in central London. Frequented by the art and design community, it sells everything from pens, pads, spray paints and markers to canvases, easels, airbrush compressors and screen printing sets.

18-⁠16 Shelton St, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sun 10am-⁠6.30pm




Thorough-bred beef is the order of the day at this authentic yet contemporary British restaurant, specialized in steaks. Located in an old brewery on a side-street behind the Seven Dials, the atmosphere is lively, both at lunch and dinner. Choose from Fillet, Sirloin, Rib-eye, Rump or go for the Surf’n’Turf – 300g of Fillet steak with half a grilled lobster!

11 Langley St, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sun 11pm-⁠3pm & 5pm-⁠11pm



The Cross Keys

Even though Covent Garden isn’t the best neighbourhood for late night bars, it does have some really nice pubs for an afternoon pint or an end-of-day glass of wine. The florally-optimized exterior of the Cross Keys is reason enough to enter this establishment and once inside the decor isn’t disappointing either, with its high ceilings and marble columns. Homemade roast dinner is served on Sunday afternoon and they have real ales on tap too.

31 Endell Street, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sun 11am-⁠11pm



Murdock London

Murdock is an exquisite enclave for the discerning gentleman. Mixing classic barbershop chic with a more contemporary edge, this is where style-conscious men come for a facial grooming or a short back and sides while they relax with a beer or a single malt whisky in hand. Murdock’s own line of quality grooming and skincare products are for sale instore. Be sure to book ahead online.

18 Monmouth St.
Open Mon-⁠Sat 10am-⁠7pm, Sun 12pm-⁠6pm



Molton Brown

London’s bath, body and beauty connoisseurs since 1973, Molton Brown sell everything from shampoos, bath and shower gels to perfumes, fragrances and scented candles. Smell like London!

18 Russell Street, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sun 10am-⁠6pm



Dr Martens

The quintessential London boot seems like it will never go out of fashion. From the classic black or oxblood brown, more recent models feature animal and floral prints, which are less punk, but nonetheless a sign of the times. Pick up a pair of "Docs" from this branch on Neal Street, a thoroughfare known for its footwear outlets.

17-⁠19 Neal St, London WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sun 10am-⁠7pm




Pull up a stool at the marble counter and watch the chefs in the open kitchen make some of the finest Spanish tapas this side of Madrid. From Morcilla and Piquillo pepper tortillas to squid Mojo Rojo, this is authentic Iberic dining, complete with Estrella Galicia beer on tap. Reservations aren't accepted so best show up early or try the branch a stone's throw away on Adelaide Street.

43 Drury Lane, WC2
Open Mon-⁠Sun 12pm-3pm and 5pm-11pm





The orginal East End hipster hangout, with cool bars, nightclubs, street art, fixies, coffee shops, tattooed baristas, vintage clothes shops, art & design galleries. Also home to the creative industry and the City's tech hub Silicon Roundabout.




Gritty basement nightclub host to parties like Your Mum’s House and international DJs like Tiga, Cajmere and resident spinner Sneak. Drinks are reasonably priced, the soundsystem pulls its weight even under the strain of the heaviest dub bass lines and the crowd is friendly.

32-⁠37 Cowper St, EC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 9pm-⁠4am



Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Even if you’re not actually staying at this trendy hotel, you can hang out in the lobby and drink a coffee alongside the freelancers and digital nomads working away on their laptops thanks to the free wi-fi. Look out for regulars events such as the hands-on workshops, book signings and parties. There’s even a resident record store in the lobby, Sister Ray Ace.

100 Shoreditch High St, E1⁠london




Curated selection of minimalist fashion and lifestyle accessories for boys and girls in a two-storey lay out with homeware, cosmetics and kid’s stuff downstairs. Expect exclusive lines from the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Norse Projects, Neighborhood and Comme des Garçons.

151 Curtain Rd, EC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 10.30am-⁠6.30pm, Sun 12pm-⁠6pm




London chef Mark Hix brings his steak- and chicken-dominated cooking to a warehouse-like space filled with Damien Hirst artwork. The meaty menu is served alongside seasonal starters, puddings and an extensive wine list. Check out the CNB Gallery in the basement, showcasing young multi-disciplinary artists.

32 Rivington St, EC2
Open Mon-⁠Sun 11.30am-⁠12.30am




With screen prints hanging on the walls and cacti growing on the shelves, Material feels more like an arts and crafts store than a book shop. But it does sell an excellent selection of paper-bound reading material, as well as some quirky and colourful gift ideas.

3 Rivington St, EC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 11am-⁠7pm



Village Underground

Look up from the graffiti-covered walls along Great Eastern Street and the old Underground carriages mark the spot. This former brick-walled warehouse-turned-artist’s space and concert/ club venue hosts a wide spectrum of one-off events, usually indie-related gigs (The Kills, Jagwar Ma) and electro-house DJs (Andy Weatherall, Miss Kittin). The tube trains and shipping containers on the roof are artist studios, some of whom are responsible for the street art on the huge wall round the back.

54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2
Open various times



KK Outlet

This multi-function space, set up by Dutch communications agency KesselsKramer, is one part gallery, one part book shop. The latter sells titles from Erik Kessels’ hilarious series In Almost Every Picture, plus lots of other off-kilter tomes and zines from similarly zany publishers. The gallery walls feature mainly illustrative and graphic works from the leading luminaries of the visual arts, fashion and design.

42 Hoxton Square, N1
Open Mon-⁠Fri 9am-⁠6pm & Sat 12pm-⁠5pm


FIX 126

Fix 126

This unassuming little café on the corner of Curtain Road and Rivington Street attracts Shoreditch’s media and freelance types for its laidback atmosphere and artisan coffee. Take a seat at the Scandinavian-style wooden tables and order up one of their Brazilian blends for a proper caffeine fix.

126 Curtain Rd, EC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 7am-⁠7pm & Sun 8am-⁠7pm




Quirky yet cool, colourful yet minimal. Such is the in-house style of creative agency You Can Now and the design-led products for sale in their charming ground floor store. From Anthony Burrill-designed posters to all-over print cushions and kites, this place is full of bright ideas. There’s even a free lending library with books donated by local designers.

72 Rivington St, EC2
Open Mon-⁠Fri 10am-⁠6pm




Lacquered table tops made of mismatched pieces of scrap wood, cups and candle holders made of copper, sumptuous vintage rugs made from olefin, Donna Wilson pouffes and bean bags, JT Kalmar floor lights, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s Pallisade chairs, Philippe Starck stools in the shape of gnomes… this three-storey temple for interior design is a treat for all tastes, and even for all budgets with a curated selection of gifts, toys and accessories.

135-⁠139 Curtain Rd, EC2
Open Mon-⁠Sat 9.30am-⁠6pm & Sun 11am-⁠5pm



Rough Trade East

It’s a bit tatty, it’s a bit dishevelled - it’s Rough Trade Records’ East London outpost. The worn-in look here has everything to do with this revered music institution’s past and credentials and is exactly how a record shop was meant to be. As “independent purveyors of great music since 1976”, Rough Trade has built a reputation for on-the-pulse but off-the-cuff selections of music trending amongst the day’s youth – on CD, vinyl and even on cassette. The best part is that you can watch showcase gigs for free and get your album signed, and there’s a café and a good book section at the front of the store.

Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1
Open Mon-⁠Fri 8am-⁠8pm, Sat 10am-⁠8pm & Sun 11am-⁠7pm



93 Feet East

Set in the red brick walls of the Old Truman Brewery (you’ll see the famous tall chimney way before you get there), this grungy bar, club and live music venue plays music across the rock-indie-techno-house-electro spectrum. At weekends the venue opens out across two rooms for its club nights which can get loud and sweaty. The open air courtyard hosts BBQ parties where you can get late-night food like veggie burgers and chicken wings, plus they put on the odd film screening there too.

Old Truman Brewery, 150 Brick Lane, E1
Mon-⁠Thurs 5pm-⁠11pm, Sat & Sun 12pm-⁠1am



Beigel Shop

No, you really can’t go to Brick Lane without tasting a beigel, but instead of waiting in line at Beigel Bake like all the tourists do on a Saturday afternoon, go two doors down the street – that’s about 10 paces – to this equally authentic bakery and order your cream cheese and salmon or hot salt beef and pickle bagel at leisure. Don’t tell anyone you read it here, but the two bakeries are owned by the same people. Duh.

155 Brick Lane, E1
Open all day



Second Home

Touted as a “creative accelerator” this cultural venue doubles as a workspace for thinkers, makers, artists and entrepreneurs. A kind of home away from home for London’s tech nomads, Second Home hosts a year-round programme of talks, exhibitions, live music and films screenings, accessible around the clock seven days a week.

68-⁠80 Hanbury St, E1
Open 24 hours




With elaborately-designed shelving by architects Selgascano, who also worked on Second Home across the street, this book shop and printing press is a celebration of reading and physical book buying. Eschewing digital technology, the emphasis here is on tradition and handicrafts. The bold yellow, asymmetrical handmade shelves, reflected in the mirrored ceiling, hold books organised by theme rather than category.

65 Hanbury St, London E1
Open Mon-⁠Sat 9.30am-⁠6pm & Sun 11am-⁠5pm



The Commercial Tavern

What looks like a quaint East London pub from the outside, with its hanging flower baskets and wooden benches, is actually a hipster enclave with moody lighting, buzzing atmosphere and an appallingly ironic on-trend selection of wallpapers, fixtures and fittings. And that’s just the ground floor. Upstairs is a more airy affair bordering on the right side of kitsch, with large windows, art deco tables and chairs, mounted animal heads and beautiful blown glass lamps and chandeliers hanging from the high, sculpted ceilings.

142-⁠144 Commercial St, E1
Open Mon-⁠Sat 5m-⁠11pm & Sun 12pm-⁠10.30pm




Standing guard at the entrance to the eclectic thoroughfare that is Redchurch Street, this elegantly designed, multi-purpose building conceived by Terence Conran contains a lush 12-bedroom and five suite hotel, a swanky open-kitchen restaurant serving French provincial cuisine, a ground-floor café-bakery and a gourmet food shop selling all things British. But the most exciting floor is the rooftop on which you’ll find a bar and grill, fantastic views of Shoreditch and the City, plus a heated orangerie that attracts visitors year round.

2-⁠4 Boundary Street, E2
Open Thurs-⁠Sat 8am-⁠1am, Sun-⁠Wed 8am-⁠11pm







Urban hipster playground with a strip lined with dive bars, basement clubs, pop-up eateries, graffiti, street art and people on fixies.



Dance Tunnel

One of the stalwarts of the Dalston club scene, the Tunnel is dark, loud and extremely good fun. Whether you go for one of the regular nights like Comm.Une and FwD>> or a one-off night, you’re sure to be partying hard and til late. If you can't find it, look for the line next to Voodoo Ray's (see below). Sadly under threat of closure by Hackney council as of early-2016 – check their site for updates and sign the petition.

95 Kingsland High St, E8
Open Thurs-⁠Sat 9pm-⁠3am



Dalston Superstore

A café that turns into a bar that turns into a nightclub. Popular with the fashionista LGBT crowd, this is one of the spots that put Dalston on the map. Whether it’s for a midday brunch or a late night party, this quirky venue is always a good idea.

117 Kingsland High St, E8
Open Mon-⁠Sun 12pm-⁠3am



Voodoo Ray's

Modelled on a US diner aesthetic, this pizza joint was set up by the Dalston Superstore crew. It sells by the slice if you don’t fancy a whole pizza, but with delicious offerings such as the Giorgio Moroder (goat’s cheese, sunblush tomatoes, courgette, basil and mozza) or the Porky’s (Cumberland sausage, stilton, red onion, parsley and mozza), you’d be crazy not to want a full pie. The list of beers is impressive too: choose from a selection of locally-brewed ales like Camden Hells Lager and 13 Guns IPA or Kona Big Wave Golden Ale and Brooklyn Lager from the US.

95 Kingsland High St, E8
Open Sun-⁠Fri 5pm-⁠12am, Sat 12pm-⁠3am



Dalston Roof Park

It’s not East London’s biggest rooftop bar but it may be its hippest. Drinks wise you can expect classic cocktails and prosecco bellinis. Food wise there is a steady rotation of pop-up residencies and guest supper clubs. Acts such as Basement Jaxx and Disclosure spin the tunes, but check the schedule before you go – private events are popular at weekends during the summer months.

18 Ashwin St, E8
Open Tues-⁠Sat 9am-⁠midnight, Sun 3pm-⁠10pm


Café OTO

Performance venue for experimental music, OTO is the kind of place where they have to switch off the fridges behind the bar because their hum is louder than the actual music on stage. As a daytime café, the vibe is a little less avant garde although you’ll still see a few chins being stroked. OTO Project Space is located just around the corner showing new artists and presenting workshops, talks, film screenings and installations.

18–22 Ashwin St, E8
Open Mon-⁠Sat 8.30am-⁠5.30pm, Sun 10.30am-⁠5.30pm



Street Feast Dalston

Street food markets have become a constant in London’s fast-moving foof scene. Running from the end of April to September each year, this open-air night market is one of London’s most festive. Regular stands alternate weekly between Street Feast’s other locations, but look out for Smokestak’s beefcake brisket sandwiches and Kimchinary’s fusion Korean burritos and tacos. Entry is free before 7pm, £3 after.

Hartwell St, E8
Open Fri & Sat 5pm-⁠12am


Pond Dalston

Hidden in a former Victorian-era warehouse down a ramshackle side street, Pond serves Hawaiian and Japanese fusion food largely consisting of fish, cooked or raw. Get a booth at the back and tuck into the small Poke (pronounced po-kee) sharing plates of raw diced beef or the larger Kalua pork with lettuce cups and pineapple pickles. Go on Sunday afternoon for the Hip Hop High Tea sessions with live DJs.

Unit G2, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett St, N16
Open Tues-⁠Sat 6pm-⁠midnight, Sun1pm-⁠6pm



The Alibi

If small sweaty basement clubs and dive bars are you’re scene, you wont need an alibi to come here. There’s room for a bar, a dancefloor and not much else when it gets packed on weekends. Check out Monday nights for the free Film Club and Karaoke sessions, where the films are dark (think Damien Omen II, The People Under The Stairs) and the music funny (think anything sung by drunk people).

91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London E8
Open Sun-⁠Wed 8pm-⁠2am, Thurs-⁠Sat 8pm-⁠3am




This subterranean drinking den is the kind of place East Londoners go on a first Tinder date: it’s dark, intimate and cheap. What’s more the cocktails are strong and always come with a twist: Dark & Stormier, Blackberry Mojito, Rhubard Sour, Chilli Apple Martini and the exquisitely named Requiem for a Monk. Look out for the old cinema sign above the window that usually has some amusing post-ironic tag line spelled out on it.

Open Wed & Thurs 6.30pm-⁠midnight, Fri & Sat 6.30pm-⁠2am




This two-storey venue hosts a bar and restaurant on the ground floor with a regular drinks menu and a pop-up food residency featuring cooking outfits such as Psychic Burger and most recently Coqfighter, serving Korean and Vietnamese fusion bao, tacos, tortillas and fried chicken. In the basement there are regular live concerts and club nights that can get pretty wild.

33-⁠35 Stoke Newington Road, N16
Open Sun-⁠Thurs 12pm-⁠midnight, Fri & Sat 12pm-⁠3am




Opened by the same people behind the magazine of the same name, HUH. sells the kind of clothes, footwear, accessories and books that you’d expect to find on their printed pages. Brands like Norse Projects, Huff, WESC, Carhartt and Herschel are expertly curated to create a minimal in-store feel, just like the magazine.

56 Stoke Newington Rd, N16
Open Sun-⁠Mon 12pm-⁠7pm, Sat 11am-⁠7pm



Tuck Inn

For affordable home-cooked soul food, look no further than this little family-run canteen, offering Caribbean-flavoured soups, curries, pies, stews and salads. As well as a fried breakfast, they serve up beef curry and pan fried fish to smoked pork belly and baby chicken & onion rings.

13 Bradbury St, N16
Open Tues-⁠Sun 9am-⁠11pm⁠tuckinndalston






Post-industrial neighbourhood with bars and restaurants under railway arches and cafés and galleries lined along the Regent's Canal. Physically and mentally between Shoreditch and Dalston.




Known locally as the Haggerston Riviera - the stretch of Regent’s Canal between Kingsland Rd and Whitmore Rd bridges - you’ll find a strip of bars, cafés and restaurants. The first to be established, back in 2010, was Towpath, a small hole-in-the-wall cafe that proves popular during the long summer weekends. Open from April to October, the patio spills out on to the canal’s towpath - hence the name - where you can savour a bit of sun as well as the smoked mackerel.

36 De Beauvoir Crescent, N1
Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner



Proud East

You’ll need a MacBook Air to fit in at this canal-side hipster hangout offering food, drink, exhibitions and events. The light-filled minimal interior sets the tone for the space which combines a bar, restaurant and gallery upstairs. The restaurant menu goes from muesli and yoghurt for breakfast to a pancha grill of salmon or steak fillet for dinner, via salads and burgers for in between.

Reliance Wharf, 2-⁠10 Hertford Road, N1
Open Mon-⁠Sun 9am-⁠10.30pm



Tin Café

Perched on the corner set back from the main road on a quiet patch of pavement, this cosy neighbourhood café serves a nice cuppa, plus they rustle up wholesome sandwiches for lunch and do pastries for breakfast. Works by local artists hang on the walls and a bike pump and wi-fi are at hand if you need that sort of thing.

1 Middleton Rd, E8
Open Mon-⁠Fri 7am-⁠6pm, Sat 9am-⁠6pm & Sun 10am-⁠4pm



Her Haggerston

A cosy laptop-friendly coffee shop that feels like someone’s kitchen located around the corner from Haggerston Overhead train station. Local roaster Climpson & Sons provide the beans for the brews and the flat white is always good. For breakfast you could do worse than ordering the Porridge & pears or why not the Salmon on toast.

13 Downham Rd, N1
Open Mon-⁠Fri 7.30am-⁠6pm, Sat & Sun 9am-⁠5pm


Seventeen Gallery

Once you’ve found the entrance up the steps at the back of the building on Acton Mews, you’ll step into a beautifully lit space exhibiting some of London’s coolest art. From Paul B Davis’ hacker art using Nintendos and Hannah Perry’s edgy performances and videos to David Raymond Conroy’s installations, this is contemporary British and European art at its edgiest.

270-⁠276 Kingsland Road, E8
Open Wed-⁠Sat 11am-⁠6pm



Berber & Q

Nestled under the railway arches of the Overground, this eclectic BBQ joint takes in influences from the Middle East and North Africa via Brooklyn. Offering smoked and grilled meats and mezzes, the platters of Chicken thighs, beef short rib, merguez sausages and pickles come highly recommended, as does the Smoked pork belly with pomegranante molasses. They also do a mean brunch at the weekend, with a choice of an Israeli breakfast or Turkish eggs, among others. No reservations.

Arch 338, Acton Mews, E8
Tues-⁠Sun 6pm-⁠11pm, Sat-⁠Sun 11am-⁠3pm



As London’s first board game café, Draughts combines a heady mix of fun, food and fine wine, ales and liquor. They have a huge library of more than 600 games from Age of Steam to Zombie Dice. You can reserve your game on weekdays but access at weekends is first come first serve. The food runs from a simple Avocado smash to the delicious Superfood Salad with chick peas, lentils and quinoa.

Arch 337, Acton Mews, E8
Open Sun-⁠Thurs 10am-⁠11pm, Sat 10am-⁠midnight



Tripspace Projects

This innovative cultural space is all about creating social engagement. Whether it’s a yoga class, a dance class or a performance, people come together under the railway arches to create, watch, chill, drink and eat. The kitchen bar is well stocked with gastronomic treats and the patio around the corner has views over the canal and is a good spot to watch the world go by.

Arches 339-⁠340, Acton Mews, E8
Open various times




Watch the barges navigate their way down the Regent’s Canal from this water-side restaurant, serving only seasonal and organic food including grilled bream, asparagus and vegetable tagine. Set up by local charity the Shoreditch Trust, it helps train young people from deprived areas in the art of cooking and hospitality. Open for breakfast and lunch only.

8 Orsman Road, N1
Open Mon-⁠Fri 9am-⁠3pm






Riverside strip of museums, theatres, skateparks, food trucks, markets, tourist attractions, redbrick warehouses, wharves, luxury lofts, craft beer.



Newport Street Gallery

In an up and coming area of Lambeth, Damien Hirst’s latest project is a massive gallery space showing off his personal collection of art (for free). The inaugural show of John Hoyland’s work went down well, as did the opening of Pharmacy2, the YBA’s second attempt at a medicine-themed restaurant, this time in collaboration with London chef Mark Hix. The Other Criteria store next door, another of Hirst’s pet projects, is worth a visit too for its limited-edition prints, books and other artworks in a range of different media.

Newport St, SE11
Open Tue-⁠Sun 10am-⁠6pm



Hannah Barry Gallery

Known as the home of British skateboarding for over 40 years, you can hang out and watch the skate culture kids kick-flip, carve and grind their way around the graffiti-walled space underneath the Southbank Centre. Threatened with closure these last few years, the riverside walkway wouldn’t be the same without it. Weekends and school holidays see the most action and if you want to join in, make sure you know your nosegrind from your noseslide.

Southbank, in front of the Festival Pier, SE1
Open all the time



Bar Story

Indicative of the brutalist architecture of the Hayward Gallery to which it is attached, this small industrial-style café serves coffee and lunch snacks during the day, then transforms into a bar at night. The music policy is heavy on repetitive beats, which can be a bit too much on a Tuesday morning, but more than welcome for an after-work tipple come Friday.

Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1
Open Tue-⁠Thurs 11am-⁠11pm, Fri & Sat 11am-⁠12am, Sun & Mon 11am-⁠7pm



Southbank Cnetre Shop

Selling design-led gifts and objects related to art, music, dance and photography, you’ll find everything from limited edition prints, mid-century homeware, affordable jewellery and much more at this sleek and modern store.

Southbank, Festival Terrace, SE1
Open Mon-⁠Sat 10am-⁠9pm, Sun 12pm-⁠8pm



CLF Art Café

You’ll find contemporary British and Irish painting and photography alongside international artists at this gallery housed in a former Victorian warehouse. Anna Maria Schonrock, Joakim Eskildsen, Tom Hunter and Arturo di Stefano are some of the stand-out artists represented.

65 Hopton Street, SE1
Open Mon-⁠Fri 10am-⁠6pm, Sat 11am-⁠6pm



Paul Smith Park St

Classic British tailoring with a modern twist of colour from the fashion legend Paul Smith, you’ll find mainly accessories and a small selection of men’s and women’s wear at this itty bitty branch with the bright green façade. The goods are stocked in antique cabinets and dressers, in keeping with the nearby Borough Market’s old-world charm.
13 Park St, London SE1

Open Mon-⁠Sat 10am-⁠6pm




In the market for a pair of stylish glasses? Cubitts is the place to be. A working opticians and spectacle makers, their Borough workshop offers their modestly-priced handmade frames in classic British styles as well as filling prescriptions in-house. You can choose from a wide array of materials, from genuine buffalo horn to Italian acetate and there is a bespoke service too.

9 Park St, SE1
Open Mon-⁠Sun 9.30am-⁠5.30pm



Ritzy Picture House

Following the closure of his Hoxton Square gallery in 2012, Jay Jopling opened this much, much larger space in a much less fashionable neighbourhood. But when he built it, the crowds came and Bermondsey Street is now firmly on the map. Expect world-leading artists, often in solo shows, such as Andreas Gursky, Jeff Wall, the Champan brothers, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Anthony Gormley, and many more.

144-⁠152 Bermondsey St, SE1
Open Tues-⁠Sun 10am-⁠6pm




Creative types with laptops may hog the trashy sofas when space is already tight, but with a cool clientele, speedy service and quality organic coffee, the attitude here comes to be expected with a name like Fuckoffee (incidentally they had to change the sign outside to F*ckoffee to appease their prudish landlords and NIMBY neighbours). The free wi-fi and quirky ‘80s vibe décor add to the appeal as do the tuck-shop style nibbles and lunchtime soups, salads and sandwiches.

Open Mon-⁠Sat 7am-⁠7pm, Sun 8am-⁠7pm
163 -⁠ 167 Bermondsey St, London SE1




If you’re looking for a bit of authentic French cuisine in a laid-back corner of South London, the classic menu at this bistro will definitely float your paquebot. Steak tartare, foie gras, garlic snails and froglegs regularly feature, but there’s lots more to get stuck into. And of course, for dessert you’ll have to struggle to choose from tarte aux pommes, profiteroles, tarte tatin and more. Oh and the wine. Check their Twitter feed for the “menu du jour”, which is refreshed daily and in French only. Bon appétit!

Open Mon-⁠Sat 12pm-⁠10pm, Sun 12pm-⁠4pm
109 Bermondsey St, SE1



Franco Manca

For a proper Italian pizza in London try the sourdough variety baked in the custom-made, wood-burning ovens at this branch of the Franco Manca chain of local-feel restaurants. From the simple tomato, garlic & oregano topping to the more exotic Gloucester old spot ham, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta & wild mushroom topping, the pizzas here are to die for. So simple but so good. The craft brewed No Logo beers also hit the spot. Get there early.

124 Bermondsey St, SE1
Open Sun-⁠Wed 12pm-⁠10.30pm, Thurs-⁠Sat 12pm-⁠11pm







South London neighbourhood with Afro-Caribbean culture, foodie markets, jerk chicken, reggae, live music and nightlife.



Brixton Village

Billed as South London’s foodie central, this indoor arcade market contains the kind of stuff that food bloggers dream of. Below is a list of our four favourite eateries and cafés.

Open 8am-⁠11.30pm every day except Monday (closes at 6pm)⁠brixton-⁠village


Honest Burgers

You’ll eventually stumble upon an Honest somewhere in London and you’d do worse to come to this one, nestled among the other foodie establishments in the Village. Opt for the bacon and cheese Honest with a side of their rosemary salt flavoured fries and wash it all down with a locally-brewed ale from Redchurch Brewery.

Open Mon-⁠Sat 12pm-⁠10.30pm, Sun 12pm-⁠10pm



Fish, Wings & Tings

The gourmet Caribbean and soul food served here goes beyond just jerk chicken, with Trinidadian specialities like spicy shark bake and coconut prawn curry rotis. There’s no escaping the BBQ-smelling smoke from the kitchen, even on the outdoor patio where al fresco dining obliges in the summer months.

Open Mon-⁠Sun 12.30pm-⁠10pm




Authentic street food from Pakistan serving generous portions of samosas, curries, thalis and dahl in a no-frills décor.

Open Thur-⁠Sat 5pm-⁠10pm, Tues, Wed & Sun 12.30-⁠4.30pm



Federation Coffee

The freshly ground coffee and exquisitely baked banana bread have earned this corner café a reputation as one of the best bean roasters south of the river.

Open Mon-⁠Fri 8am-⁠5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-⁠6pm




Like a Lego city made of colourful shipping containers, Pop is one of Brixton's most fun dining and shopping experiences. Stacked two storeys high, the units contain restaurants and stores that combine permanrt residents with pop-ups that mean coming back a second time is always different. There's a cocoon-like greenhouse for eating all-year round and foodwise you'll find the regular Brixton Carribean influences as well as dishes from Ghana, Mexico, Japan and the Basque country - all of which come reasonably priced.

Open Sun-Wed 9am-⁠11pm, Thurs-Sat 9am-⁠midnight
49 Brixton Station Road, SW9




A sleek selection of menswear featuring minimal design brands such as Brooklyn We Go Hard, Obey, Native Youth and YMC. You’ll also find magazines, bags, iPad cases, belts, sunglasses, watches and wallets, among other lifestyle accessories. Don’t miss their hidden shoe room with its sculpted wooden walls and low, curved ceiling containing a vast array of sneakers, sandals and casual boots and brogues.

Open Tue-⁠Sat 11.30am-⁠7.30pm, Sun 11pm-⁠5pm
61 Atlantic Road, SW9




One of SW9’s original trendy bars, the Dogstar could risk being jaded but their weekly and very eclectic club nights like Audio Sushi and Come As You Are keep people coming back for more. They have the exclusively brewed Volden beer on tap and they even do yoga classes on Sunday afternoons, presumably after a thorough cleaning from the night before.

389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9
Open Tues-⁠Thurs 4pm-⁠11pm, Fri-⁠Sat 4pm-⁠4am, Sun 12pm-⁠10.30pm



Ritzy Picture House

This turn of the century cinema was brought to life again just as Brixton was arising from the ashes of its past. With five good size screens, expect the latest releases from the world of independent cinema as well as some of the must-see blockbusters, plus past classics from the archive. There are two bars to choose from; one upstairs that hosts music nights and stand-up and one downstairs, serving good food for a pre- or post-movie drink or bite to eat.

Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2
Open various times⁠cinema/⁠Ritzy_Picturehouse



Murdock London

Formerly known as The Fridge, this live music venue and nightclub was a stalwart of the South London techno scene. These days you’re as likely to hear a gig by The Alabama Shakes as a DJ set from Amon Tobin, but there is still an underground vibe here, more so than at The Academy, Brixton’s other, larger, music venue.

Town Hall Parade, Brixton, SW2
Open various times



Brockwell Park Lido

A short stroll down from the centre of Brixton is Brockwell Park where you’ll find football pitches, a BMX track and the iconic lido, an open-air swimming pool dating from 1937. Brixton Beach, as it is known to locals, is a Grade II listed building in the Art Deco style and as well as the 50-metre long pool, hosts an award-winning café and a health and fitness centre. The sun terrace around the sides of the pool is a perfect spot for soaking up some rays in the summer months.

Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE2
Open Mon-⁠Fri 6.30am-⁠10pm, Sat & Sun 7.30am-⁠9pm








South East London desinationknown for its organic bakeries, rooftop bars, artist sudios and contemporary art galleries.



Frank's Café

Perched atop a multi-storey carpark, tucked away down a side alley bang in the middle of Peckham Rye, this bar and restaurant is part of Bold Tendencies, the original project that brought art installations to the top four floors of the building. These days, during the long summer nights, it is home to the hordes of hipsters who come to admire the panoramic views of London while sipping on a Campari cocktail. Get there early to avoid the queues.

10th floor, Peckham multi-⁠story carpark, 95a Rye Lane, SE15
Open Tues-⁠Fri 5pm-⁠11pm, Sat & Sun 11am-⁠11pm (summer months only)


Hannah Barry Gallery

One of the trailblazers of the SE15 art scene, Barry opened her first permanent gallery in 2013 after years at the helm of Bold Tendencies. Expect bleeding-edge contemporary creations from her roster of young artists including James Capper, Marie Jacotey and Anton Zolotov.

4 Holly Grove, SE15
Open Thurs & Fri 3pm-⁠6pm, Sat 12pm-⁠6pm



Bar Story

Tucked away down a side alley and under the industrial railway arches behind Peckham Rye station, the story here is one of beer, cocktails and pizza. In summer, the hip crowd hang out in the yard, boisterous conversations and cool music providing a soundtrack to your weekend. Get there early for the happy hour between 6pm and 7pm every day when the cocktails are two for £7.

213 Blenheim Grove, SE15
Open Mon-⁠Sat 4pm-⁠11pm, Sun 2pm-⁠9pm



Peckham Refreshment Rooms

Located in a 1930s Art Deco building, this trendy neighbourhood restaurant serves seasonal and regionally conscious European cuisine alongside selected wines and cocktails. Try the Burford brown eggs with Alsace bacon for breakfast, the rarebit for lunch and the Smoked haddock morney with potato gratin for dinner, washed down with a Fields, Morris & Verdin wine.

12-⁠16 Blenheim Grove, SE15
Open Mon-⁠Fri 8am-⁠12am, Sat 10am-⁠12am, Sun 10am-⁠5pm



CLF Art Café

Billed as the “21st Century Church of Chill”, this venue hosts leading events in music, theatre, film, anime, art, comedy and more. Located in the Bussey Building, a 120 year-old warehouse and former cricket bat manufacture, the atmosphere is always laid-back, whether it’s one of the South London Soul Train nights with DJs like Norman Jay, or a stand-up routine from London’s up and coming comedians. Don’t miss Rye Wax in the basement, where you can buy vinyl, comics, prints, books, magazines and more.

Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15
Open Tues-⁠Sun 12pm-⁠10pm



Peckham Platform

Situated in front of the imposingly modern Peckham Library, this educational charity aims to create awareness of the social arts among the local community and acts as a showcase for the best social arts practitioners who prioritise working with people as an integral aspect to their practice.

89 Peckham High Street, SE15
Open Wed–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat & Sun 10am–5pm



South London Art Gallery

Since 1891, this venerable gallery has been showing the contemporary work of established international artists as well as young and mid-career artists, including the YBAs in the 1990s. The Victorian space has hosted work by Gilbert & George, Anselm Kiefer and Gavin Turk and even has a garden designed by renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco. Founded as a “gallery for the people of south London open to the public free, and on Sundays", SLG is a local hub for art and organizes, talks, conferences and film screenings to keep the community hooked on art.

65 Peckham Rd, SE5
Open Tue-⁠Sun 11am-⁠6pm


NO. 67

Ritzy Picture House

Located within the South London Gallery this café-restaurant is a perfect spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a bistro-style dinner. For breakfast, try a healthy Buckwheat & quinoa granola with coconut yoghurt and berry compote; for brunch try the neo-greasy Full Spanglish (eggs, chargrilled chorizo, baked beans and mushrooms); and for dinner the more refined Rolled lamb breast confit with fennel, orange & sumac.

67 Peckham Road, SE5
Open Tues-⁠Sat 8am-⁠11pm, Sun 10am-⁠11pm



Murdock London

New art on the walls every month, experimental music workshops and literary events are just a few of the things going on at this multi-disciplinary space. Food-wise, you can indulge yourself in a DIY bagel, choosing from a long list of fillings such as smoked bacon, onion jam, Nutella and even Marmite; and the same goes for DIY pizzas and toast, although not with the same toppings.

92 Peckham Rd, SE5
Open Mon 11am-⁠4pm, Tues-⁠Sun 11am-⁠11pm



The Begging Bowl

A Thai canteen serving authentic street food in Peckham? Head Chef Jane Alty may be from New Zealand but she has put together an imaginative menu which is designed to be shared between two people. You can choose from the dozen or so plates, such as the Confit rabbit and banana blossom or the Relish of Dorset crab and salted duck egg, all served with limitless helpings of jasmine or sticky rice. No reservations.

168 Bellenden Rd, SE15
Open Mon-⁠Sun 12pm-⁠3pm & 6pm-⁠10pm




Using seasonal ingredients, Pedler offers a daily changing menu for brunch, dinner and “in-between”. The café-like space is bright and airy but has a couple of more cosy nooks and crannies. On the drinks side they serve craft beer from the Buxton Brewery, plus an impressive array of Little Bird Gin cocktails.

58 Peckham Rye, SE15
Open Tues-⁠Thurs 4pm-⁠11pm, Fri-⁠Sun 10am-⁠11pm






Camden: rock’nroll market town bingeing on cheap street food, flea markets, vintage clothes, alternative live music, tattoos, goths, punks, pubs; Primrose Hill: panoramic views of London, delis, artisan bakeries, celebrity ghetto.



Electric Ballroom

This iconic live music venue was at the heart of the Camden indie scene in the ‘90s and continues to attract leading rock’n’roll outfits today thanks to the quality acoustics and scuzzy vibe. Look out for the monthly record fair at the weekend where enthusiasts can buy and sell rare vinyl and CDs.

184 Camden High St, NW1
Open various times



Hosting performance art including live music, circus, cabaret, theatre, spoken word and art installations, the Roundhouse is one of Camden’s older venues, housed in a former Victorian brick railway shed. It was the venue for the Doors’ only UK concert in 1968 and now welcomes more than 3000 people for standing room only shows from the likes of Radiohead. Two bars and a rooftop terrace provide alternative spaces for those not wanting to partake in the festivities below.

Chalk Farm Road, NW1
Open various times



All Ages Records

You’ll find punk, hardcore, ska, rockabilly and garage punk, both new and old at this small, ramshackle shop just off Camden High Street. Set up by four friends after initially seeing records on a market stall around the corner, it’s a great place for like-minded punks to hang out, listen to the new arrivals and pick up some new patches and badges for that black leather biker jacket.

27a Pratt Street, NW1
Open Mon-⁠Sun 11.30am-⁠6.00pm



Evil From The Needle

If you’re in London for a tattoo, be sure to pay a visit to Camden Town’s longest running tattoo studio. Founded in 1986 by tattooist Pascal Jarrion, it is now run by NYC’s Jeff Ortega and remains in London’s top five parlours, as ranked by Skin & Ink magazine.

232 Camden High Street, NW1
Open Mon-⁠Sun 11am-⁠ 6pm



Proud Camden

Located in the 200-year-old Horse Hospital in Camden Town’s Stables Market, Alex Proud’s labyrinthine space doubles as a bar, café and art gallery by day and a nightclub style lounge and cabaret by night. The former stable cubicles have been transformed into kitschy, some might say tacky, VIP rooms themed around famous racing horses – Red Rum comes complete with a pole dancing platform for example. As for the music policy, expect indie, grunge and shoe-gaze mid-week and Top 40 EDM and R&B at the weekend.

The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1
Open Sun-⁠Mon 11am-⁠1.30am, Thurs-⁠Sat 11am-⁠2.30am



Rokit Camden

This isn’t the biggest vintage clothes shop in London – it isn’t even the biggest of Rokit’s four London stores – but it is probably the best stocked. It is in Camden after all, the capital of alternative retro styling. The threads don’t come cheap though, so if you’re looking for a real bargain, head upstairs to the Starship, where you’ll find harder discounts.

225 Camden High Street, NW1
Open Mon-⁠Sun 10am-⁠7pm




If you like discovering new and emerging acts before they hit the big time, this boutique live music venue, bar and club is where you’re most likely to see them play first. The Killers, The Darkness, The Libertines and Kasabian have all played here. Look out for the free entry club nights on weekdays including Ballin’ on Thursdays and at the weekend check out the Electric Monkey nights on Saturdays.

49 Chalk Farm Road, NW1
Open various times



Jazz Café London

There are many renowned concert venues in Camden, but few are as legendary as the Jazz Café. Mixing traditional jazz group performances with more beats-based music, the line-ups are very eclectic from one night to the next. The Dave Harrington Group on Thursday followed by a live dub show from Mad Professor on Friday? Or a DJ set from the Stones Throw hip hop label on Saturday and a live performance from Darkstar on Sunday? No problem, the Jazz Café has it all.

5 Parkway, NW1
Open various times




Set in the brick warehouses of Camden Lock and overlooking the Regent’s Canal, Dingwalls is a 500 capacity venue putting on music and comedy nights, as well as functioning as a pub in between performances. Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls was once the place to be in the acid jazz age, but these days there’s less groove and more rock’n’roll.

Middle Yard, Camden Lock, NW1
Open various times



Primrose Hill

Accessible either by walking through Regent's Park from the south or from Chalk Farm Road underground station from the north, Primrose Hill offers stunning views over central London. From a height of 78 metres (265 feet) you will be able to see most of the city's landmarks, including the towers of Canary Wharf in the east, the old BT tower down in Fitzrovia and of course the Shard which casts an orange glow upwards in the evening sun, by far the best time to come.

Primrose Hill Rd, NW1
Open Mon-Sun 5am-⁠9pm (closes earlier in winter)



Tann Rokka

Meaning 'house talk' in Romany, Tann Rokka is an upmarket lifestyle store stocking all manner of things you'd want to put in your luxury dream home. Located in the old Primrose Hill railway station, they sell new and restored furniture, books, scented candles, bespoke lampshades. Chloé's Espresso & Juice Bar in the lush gardens to the rear is worth checking out for their almond latté and lemon loaf cake.

123 Regents Park Road, NW1
Open Thurs-Sun 10am-6pm