5 Hipster spots in…
John Noi looked deep in the secret alleys of London for Kaput, he even went south over the Themes. This is what he found.
A long time veteran of the London record store scene, Sister Ray has finally given in and succumbed to the trendiness of Shoreditch by opening a second store smack in the mitte of London. Offering only vinyl releases, the format has proved to be popular with affluent locals looking to build street cred. It doesn’t matter that these records are actually never played; records candouble up as pieces of furniture to show off.
75 Berwick street, W1F 8TG, 02077343297
100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ, 02077293142
Sofar Sounds hosts gigs in people’s living rooms that are usually small spaces that can fit about three or four people, tops (as you can see from the picture). The living rooms are typically borrowed from fans of the band to help build a stronger connection between fans and the band, but I think the bands are just looking for cheap and interesting places to play.
Spit & Roast
Spit & Roast is a roving food van that serves up crunchy fried chicken baps and a fancy-sounding French version of chips and gravy. The Spit & Roast van can be found at music festivals, upscale food markets, and even after hours on the street where punters are willing to pay a premium for what is standard fare. They must be doing something right as the queues are never ending.
Bold Tendencies is an art project that is located in a car park in Peckham. Founded by Hannah Barry and Sven Mündner, the project (and the Bussey building) is largely responsible for transforming Londoner’s views of Peckham (a traditionally scorned corner of South London). Despite being south of the river Thames, yes ‘sarf’ as locals say, the project has managed to attract 60,000+ people to their series of art, film and music events, and we don’t see an end to this wave of Londoners looking for the next big thing.
Levels 7-10, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Late Night Chameleon Café (LN-CC)
LN-CC is well known for selling upscale designer clothing, music and books – but the shop has one problem – its shop in London is never actually open very much. LN-CC could easily be the next Dover Street Market of Dalson with its meticulously designed retail spaces meant to showcase creativity, but it’s ‘Open by Appointment’ strategy is a bit lame. Let’s see what 2015 holds for LN-CC though…
Late Night Chameleon Cafe,18 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EZ, 02072757265