24 HOURS IN LONDON: NASH’S GUIDE TO THE CITY

BASED IN LONDON, WHEN NASH ISN’T MAKING MUSIC HE’S BUSY EXPLORING THE BEST OF WHAT THE UK CAPITAL HAS TO OFFER. READ ON TO DISCOVER HIS FAVOURITE SPOTS FOR A LAZY WEEKEND

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SHOP: NOTTING HILL FARMERS MARKET

I’ll have breakfast and then visit Notting Hill Farmers Market to stock up on groceries. I love cooking and I love local produce, and here you know where everything’s come from, it’s cheaper, and it tastes good. In summer especially there’s a lot of great stuff, like fresh strawberries and cherries. There’s one guy who sells mushrooms and makes amazing mushroom sandwiches - he fries them with olive oil and herbs, with shaved parmesan on top. Whenever he’s there I always get that sandwich and the world stops for me until I'm done. At the moment I’m also experimenting with vegetables like komatsuna (Japanese spinach) - it’s super tasty and refreshing in salads.

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WALK: HOLLAND PARK

Next I might take a stroll through Holland Park - don't be surprised to hear me doing vocal warm-ups. It’s relatively small, but some of the walks are pretty secluded - it’s a bit more natural than other parks, almost like a little forest - all you need for peace of mind. I live in hope of bumping into Jimmy Page, who lives next door to the park, and giving him my EP ;)

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CULTURE: PICASSO 32, TATE MODERN

I like to get out to the city for small exhibitions dedicated to a particular theme, where you can really explore a tailored selection of art, and you’re not overwhelmed and walking for hours. I was impressed by the new Picasso 32 exhibition at the Tate Modern, about one year of his life, 1932, when he was in his early 50s and people had begun to think his time as an innovator had passed. He spent the whole year reinventing himself, looking for new forms and ways to express himself - there was one room where the same setting (his mistress sitting in an armchair) was presented in 5 or 10 different ways. In the end, 1932 turned out to be one of his most productive periods, and he completely transformed his art. I thought that was mind-blowing and so inspirational.

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COFFEE: SAN PIETRO

Otherwise I would stay local to my neighbourhood - for example, go for an espresso in the early afternoon or dinner at San Pietro, a great local Italian restaurant. I like that it’s authentically Italian - the cuisine is the real thing, and it’s just great food. And the owner Andrea is so friendly and welcoming - once I ordered a takeaway pizza, and when I showed up they gave me a coffee and a slice of ricotta pie. They’re doing so well that sometimes it’s hard to get a table - I’m really happy for them.

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DRINK: NEGOZIO CLASSICA

If the weather’s good, we'll head to this nice wine bar (another Italian place!) on the Portobello Road where we’ll get an Aperol Spritz or a glass of Vermentino. They have a great selection, and on sunny days you can sit outside and have a drink with chunks of parmesan.

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DINNER: MAGPIE

I love going out for dinner with my family and friends and trying out new places. One of the nicest I’ve discovered recently is Magpie, near Regent Street, the sister restaurant to the brilliant Pidgin in Hackney. It’s quite casual, which I like, and makes really interesting food and unexpected combinations from basic ingredients - like cod with aubergine or asparagus with pickled grapes. I always love it when something’s quite simple but tastes amazing.

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GIG: THE GARAGE, ISLINGTON; LONDON STADIUM, STRATFORD

Life is too busy to make it to all of the gigs you want to, but I do get lucky with attending some of the big ones from time to time. Recently I’ve enjoyed Jack White at the Garage in Islington and the Rolling Stones at London Stadium - the most impressive thing was that the guys were still rocking it at the age of 70+. It’s fun to see the old legends in action - I went to see Guns N’ Roses at the same stadium about a year ago and they still got it too. Next on my list is my latest discovery Greta Van Fleet at the Electric Ballroom in Camden next month.

 

Photo credits: Luca Micheli; Mike T; Christian Battaglia; San Pietro; @kelag_wanderlust; @felicityspector; @officialjackwhitelive