London is one of the world’s greatest cities, and while you should absolutely hit up the usual tourist hot spots – Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square – you need to experience South London.
The city’s south is a true hub for house music, with famous venues such as Phonox, Rye Wax and the Bussey Building all having played host to some of the world’s top DJs.
But perhaps even better than hitting up a renowned club is finding a hidden gem, an old pool hall or shop, with a wicked up-and-coming DJ playing to a packed crowd.
Obviously, the best way to get your head around the area’s music scene is to have an Airbnb host show you around (yep, one of the perks of using Airbnb for your accommodation is that you’ll get PLENTY of inside tips), and who better than producer Artwork, who grew up in Croydon.
In this short film, Artwork takes us to see the area’s thriving street markets, to meet the locals, and to see the amazing view from Frank’s Cafe at Bold Tendencies – which is a bar atop a disused multi-storey car park!
He also takes us to check out the apartment where he crafted some of his biggest hits (and hit the odd car with grapes from his slingshot), as well as DnR Vinyl, which he describes as “the last garage record shot, really.”
“There’s so much on in South London, you’re not going to be able to see it all,” Artwork says, before adding some priceless final advice: “But, y’know, just get amongst it!”
Can’t wait to get amongst it? Don’t go there. Live there.
Sort yourself some sweet, local digs on Airbnb and experience South London like a local, complete with inside tips (thanks to your host) and ideal access to everything worth exploring.