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London Tourism: Best of London

A regal city surrounded by a rush of modern life
London is layered with history, where medieval and Victorian complement a rich and vibrant modern world. The Tower of London and Westminster neighbour local pubs and markets, and time-worn rituals like the changing of the guards take place as commuters rush to catch the Tube. It’s a place where travellers can time-hop through the city, and when they’re weary, do as Londoners do and grab a “cuppa” tea.
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A Touring Musician's Guide to London

I'm a storytelling rapper, so I get to know cities through places I can write about or places I can sit and write. If you're like me and want to know London at its most poetic, these are your must-hits. @dylanowenmusic
Dylan Owen, New York City, NY
  • Shoreditch Grind
    346 reviews
    A favorite coffeeshop downstairs, and a favorite recording studio upstairs. Records have been made here by Sam Smith, FKA Twigs, and Tinie Tempah.
  • Cereal Killer Cafe
    296 reviews
    A nostalgic diner with cereal in every menu item. You'll feel like a kid again. This location also organizes the occasional acoustic session outside, where some of my musician friends have performed.
  • St Pancras Old Church
    83 reviews
    A hidden music venue inside of a church that offers ethereal performances with minimal lighting from both up-and-comers and established acts. Some historical names who have played here include: Sinead O Connor, Laura Marling, Brian Eno, Ron Sexsmith, Jason Mraz, Damien Jurado, and Simone Felice.
  • Rough Trade East Cafe
    73 reviews
    Vinyl LPs line the aisles, walls, and floors in this location of the iconic record store chain. Plus, you can grab a coffee or drink and perhaps see your favorite artist perform on a promo stop for their newest release. You might be able to find one or two hidden copies of my LP on the shelves.
  • Dishoom Carnaby
    2,535 reviews
    Can't have a London list without Dishoom. Truly authentic, unforgettable Indian food experience.
  • Brick Lane Vintage Market
    5 reviews
    Endless booths and pop-up shops of vintage clothes (with tons of character and history) at a decent price. Shop until you drop.
  • Nomadic Community Garden
    50 reviews
    One of London's best kept secrets. An urban open gallery of gardens run by volunteers who live in the community and display their art. If the gardens themselves aren't open when you arrive, walk around nearby to see London's largest wall of legal street art and endless miles of graffiti-covered tunnels.
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