Although now dubbed "the belle of London's indie-folk scene" (by us, natch, in our October issue), when Lucy Rose
moved to the British capital five years ago, she was just trying to figure out how to get around on the tube. A lot has changed in the time since--and not just the accolades and fans she's picked up since releasing her debut album in the UK this fall. "I feel very much like a Londoner, having been there for five years. It's a long time to live somewhere; it's my home and I think it's one of the best cities in the world," explains Rose.
With that in mind, we asked our October issue It List-er to come up with her own It List, spotlighting her very favorite spots in London. Cue up one of her tracks (we're currently partial to "Bikes"
), book that plane ticket, and prepare to have a Lucy Rose-approved stroll around the city.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
3 Torrens Street
I've lived in Angel for about five years and I started going there three years ago--I was meeting Charles from Slow Club
for the first time to talk about music, and he was like, "Let's go to Candid Cafe." It's an amazing cafe; it's the best place to get a cup of tea or go read a book. And it's never too busy. I've been going back there as much as possible.
Screen on the Green
83 Upper Street
It's an old cinema in Islington which has been regenerated with massive comfy sofas. They have original velvet curtains and there are foot stools. They've got a bar, too--you can get an espresso or a pint of Guinness. You sit there and they have a service that brings you a drink! They were doing a couple of months of gangster films--like, Al Pacino films every Saturday. The last time I went there it was 11:30 on a Saturday night and everyone was drunk around me…I felt like a gangster.
The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead
It's where I spent a lot of my time a couple of summers ago. I used to drive there in my old car and it's a beautiful drive. I would go with my friends, and then once I took my mum. The food is amazing--fish and chips and stuff. There's an old park down the road I used to go to a lot in the summer, and you can go swimming in the lake there. It's pretty nice on a Friday night.
London Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge Road
Whenever we're going on tour we go across that bridge, or after a long tour away we come back. It's a great place to clear your mind and look over the River Thames and London.
Efes Pool Club & Bar
17B Stoke Newington Road
This is where I would go for some late-night drinking and pool playing. I hate clubbing but sometimes on the rare occasion after going to a pub when I want to carry on and want to have a party, it's a good place to go because it's like a pub but with snooker tables. It's dirty and grimy, with old men playing. You have to buzz and they'll ring you in and then you go up. I try to [play pool]--when I'm drunk I'm amazing!
I stay away from the tourist-y areas, so Broadway Market is an amazing market to go on a Saturday. There are loads of fresh cakes and homemade bread, cheeses…amazing things!