One of the oldest cities in the world, and the centre of the world of grime rap, London is a city of millions, and one of the easiest places to fall in love with. Doesn’t matter if you’re getting off at Gatwick or Heathrow, once you’re here you’ll never want to leave – so let’s hit the capital of the UK street style.
STAY: Hoxton Hotel. There’s no point in staying in a creaky old hotel – hit the Hoxton, an ultramodern place for the most weary of business travellers or demanding of hypebeasts on the go. Free Wi Fi, printing and faxing for the guys here on work. Flat screen TVs and comfy beds for anyone wanting to kick back and relax.
SHOP: Trapstar. London’s got a tailoring heritage – so it only makes sense that streetwear has also taken root deep in the UK. Fans include Rihanna, and her ex Chris Brown. Trapstar has its own location in London’s Portobello Road, in the posh Notting Hill neighbourhood. Pick up a sweatshirt to keep you warm in the cold London nights.
SHOP: Lazy Oaf. Keith Haring inspired stuff has been one of the biggest aspects of the streetwear scene for years, and Lazy Oaf has tapped into that Haring-feel with their line. Check out the Oaf’s new location in London’s SoHo.
HEAR: Carbon. London’s an electronic music capital, so it’s worth checking out what the city has on offer – that being said, why not go somewhere where you can hear a mix of old school boom bap classics, and ultra modern electro stuff? Carbon switches it up on the regular and keeps a good number of DJs on residence so you never get too comfortable.
EAT: Barshu. The large Chinese expat population knows where to go to get a real taste of home. Barshu is where the guys from Szechuan province come to eat. A big appetite, high tolerance for mind-numbingly hot food, and willingness to eat something a bit out of the ordinary are required. Try the boiling sea bass in sizzling chilli oil. Keep ice on hand.
SEE: Visit the Tate Modern, the home of some of the most progressive modern art on earth. Host to dozens of Hirst originals, and its share of Basquiats and Warhols – everything you know about modern art is pretty much in the MoMA or the Tate Modern.