It’s easy to be ambitious about covering a lot of ground in a single overseas trip. But it also requires some planning ahead to make sure you make the most out of each destination.
Hopping from city to city can be a bit like being a band on tour – minus the gigs and the fans of course. So since Australia’s beloved brit-rock band, The DMA’S, are about to tour the UK following a slew of Australian shows, we’ve asked them to guide us through one of their favourite cities, London.[related_articles]59788,59263,46187[/related_articles]
Here’s how to skip the tourist traps and cut straight to the coolest culture around town. Welcome to Matt, Tommy and Johnny dream itinerary for 48 hours London.
First things first – breakfast. London’s café scene is a bit like that of Melbourne; it’s the understated spots that always feel the most authentic. The DMA’s normally stay around Hackney and head over to Pacific Social Club for their morning routine. It’s a sweet little café that also does delicious Japanese food and cocktails in the evenings.
After a good feed, it’s time to dive head first into the city’s culture and check out London’s art scene. Because of course no trip to London would be complete without a visit to The Tate Modern. The band says they always stop by to see what’s happening. So head down to Bankside to browse through the seemingly infinite number of artworks at The Tate and enjoy the artworks.
For dinner, the boys recommend you get your hands on some Fatso’s Tacos. This place is a pop-up kitchen and local favourite repping the best Mexican food around town and is even run by a friend of the DMA’S. It’s imperative to track down Fatso’s and they’re often found cooking up a storm in Hoxton at the Howl At The Moon pub. The pub is also recommended by the band as a spot that has all the necessities: “good food, cold Guinness and plays the football.”[related_articles]58403,57981[/related_articles]
From Hoxton you can kick on at Troy Bar over in Shoreditch, which is a tucked away, little-known place that has been dishing up live jazz music and amazing Caribbean food since way back when. On Tuesday nights there’s an open mic where the singers are always great according to The DMA’S. Get amongst it!
The DMA’S also recommend The Mess Café. It’s another popular breakfast spot in Hackney and it’s all about delicious organic food and supporting local business. Definitely stop by.
London is known for it’s parks so head over to Hampstead Heath and enjoy the classic English woodlands and the epic city views from Parliament Hill. It’s where The DMA’S spend summer days with mates so hope for some sunshine or rug up for a stroll.
On your way over, make a stop at Kings Cross Eyes – a vintage sunglasses store frequented by the DMA’S. It’s a family run business specialising in quirky retro frames from the early 20th century to the ’90s and whether you want to shop or browse it’s well worth a visit.[related_videos]30133[/related_videos]
The DMA’S clearly have an affinity for Hackney, and recommend the Ridley Road Market where on Wednesday there’s a bar and they come to see their friends playing records. Strolling around the markets is a great way to get into the local scene and there’s plenty of clothes and trinkets to browse through.
For your final night, the DMA’S suggest Legs Restaurant. “A small restaurant in Hackney just off Mare street which has insane food,” they tell us. Legs is a relaxed spot with a focus on great food and even greater wine. It’s the perfect spot to raise a glass to a 48 hours well spent in London.
The DMA’s Australian tour kicks off on June 2 in Adelaide before heading to Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney. The DMA’s will take the stage in the UK with a line-up of gigs across Southampton, Exeter, Reading and London. Check out full tour dates here.
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