As something of an international playgirl, one of my favourite perks of travelling is getting under the collar of a new neighbourhood. Without fail, every street tells a different story, sings a different song, and my beloved hometown of London is the supreme example.
With this in mind, Hotel Indigo recently launched ‘Sounds of the Neighbourhood‘ – a campaign designed to inspire guests and audiences by bringing the music of its local neighbourhoods into its boutique-style hotels. In collaboration with the wonderful Edith Bowman, the campaign has called on musical greats to curate a collection of city-specific playlists. Musical greats and me, that is.
The campaign is set to come to life by way of three Sunday Socials – held in Hotel Indigo Glasgow, Liverpool and London Kensington Earl’s Court. I caught up with Edith and her co-curator of the London event, Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B, during a promo shoot around the neighbourhood and cannot wait to see both of their live DJ sets come November 1st (1 to 7pm, be there or be square – details below!).
To get you warmed up, I have partnered with Hotel Indigo to create a personal playlist of hometown glory. While I have included some fantastical London-based ‘ones to watch’ like Samm Henshaw and Izzy Bizu, I have also thrown in a number of feel-good tracks from artists that I’ve fallen in lust with during live London performances.
It’s a real treat for the ears, this one.
‘London calling – speak the slang now!‘. Enjoy, loved ones!
Edith Bowman has launched Sounds of the Neighbourhood with Hotel Indigo. Experience the live DJ sets from Edith, Dave McCabe (formerly Zutons), Mylo (DJ / Producer) and Jazzie B (Soul II Soul legend) at the free Hotel Indigo Sunday Socials in Liverpool, Glasgow and London Kensington throughout November. Visit www.hotelindigo.com/music for more information and to listen to their playlists.
Since the Destination: London video was released, I have noticed a huge spike in the number of ‘things to do‘ recommendations I am approached with each week.
Because of this, I have decided to start compiling monthly lists of suggestions for London-lovers and travellers that bridge the gap between my restaurant reviews and scheduled lifestyle blog programming.
Continue reading for an introduction to Printworks Kitchen, Oliver B at W London, Melt Room, and The Piano Works.
As you can see, I’ve switched things up a bit. Since 2012, I have been curating free Spotify playlists to aid your musical discoveries but – as Spotify doesn’t have a huge number of unsigned artists – I thought it might be time to give Youtube a go.
I have even VJed for you. Watch my short introduction and listen to the full playlist via the video above! Enjoy!
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
American Woman by Lenny Kravitz
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
Jumpin’, Jumpin’ by Destiny’s Child
Untouched by The Veronicas
Tangled Up In Me by Skye Sweetnam
Give A Little Bit by The Goo Goo Dolls
What I Like About You by Lillix
Pretty Green by White Denim
Idle Delilah by Azealia Banks
Oh My God by Kaiser Chiefs
Stupid Little Love Song by Fefe Dobson
I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts