International DJ Dubfire took time out to let us know his 5 favourite hot spots in London ahead of playing SW4 this weekend. From top Japanese restaurants to cutting edge fashion stores, his insider tips showcase the great choices on offer in the capital.
1_The Palomar (www.thepalomar.co.uk) My good friend Layo Paskin is no stranger to iconic London clubbing and music circles, having established legendary nightclub The End and his Layo & Bushwacka! project firmly in the annals of house music history. Since closing the club and putting the music projects on hold, he was busy launching The Palomar, which, upon two visits and being an extremely picky eater, is probably my fave restaurant in London. It’s tiny, loud and has the sort of inventive, delicious and bold Israeli-Mediterranean dishes that make everyone leave with smiles and happy stomach’s.
2_Umu (http://www.umurestaurant.com) I’ve had terrible luck getting reservations at other top Japanese restaurants in London like Sushi Tetsu and while the former chef is now at The Shiori, I always try to find time for Umu when in London. Far more value then what you’d get at Nobu, with a vast and impressive sake list, quality and inventive sushi, it is still on my list of top Japanese restaurants in London. Incidentally, the most epic dinner I had here was with actor Idris Elba (while he was shooting Prometheus), Aloe Blacc, Carl Cox, Layo Paskin and other friends.
3_Layers (http://www.layerslondon.com/) Sure there’s the LN-CC shop in Shacklewell which is quite a distance from the center of London but well worth the trek. But as my London stops tend to be usually a quick in and out, I make Layers a necessary stop due to its location and the amazing selection of the sort of edgy clothing I tend to gravitate towards. A must stop for me whenever in London.
4_St. John Smithfield Bar & Restaurant (https://www.stjohngroup.uk.com/smithfield/) While Heston Blumenthal’s world-renowned The Fat Duck and Dinner restaurants keep the hordes of gastronomes making London a necessary stop on their culinary tours, and newer restaurants like The Clove Club pushing the envelope in much more exciting ways; to me there is nothing that exemplifies English gastronomy quite like St. John. Fergus Henderson (along with partners Trevor and John) is the mad genius behind this space around the corner from Smithfield Market in Clerkenwell. The menu is all about simplicity and quality of the ingredients and the bone marrow dish is the best of its kind that I’ve ever had. If the food weren’t enough of an attraction, for price and quality, there is no equal anywhere else in London.
5_Brompton (http://www.brompton.com/) I JUST finished putting in an order for my first bike; something I’ve been meaning to do for years ever since reading about their amazing, high-quality, light, portable, collapsable bikes in an issue of Monocle. I literally can’t wait to get it!
Dubfire brings his new live show Dubfire:live HYBRID to London’s SW4 on the 29th of August