4 Cultural Hotspots You Need to Visit in London with Kwaku Asante
4 Cultural Hotspots You Need to Visit in London with Kwaku AsanteKwaku
We’ve partnered with Squarespace to highlight the businesses that are changing the cultural fabric of four key cities: from London to New York via Paris and Berlin. Here, we have Kwaku Asante on his favourite cultural spaces in London.
North London-raised singer-songwriter Kwaku Asante grew up around jazz and gospel. From a young age, Asante was surrounded by music in his household and at school, he joined a choir. Fast forward to where he is now and music has become his calling. Citing D’Angelo and Frank Ocean as some of his main influences, he’s previously described his own sound as modern gospel, pulling in elements of Motown, blues and R&B to create emotionally resonant tracks.
Each pocket of London has its own identity, and it’s common for people living within this city to stick to a specific area. Asante, however, takes a more exploratory approach for his travel guide. Despite being born and raised in north London, he opts for a wider remit, noting down areas in east London that are a must-visit when in the area.
Head to our Fabrics hub to access all four travel guides and more.
“You can do different things without having to go far. In a group of friends there is something for everyone: food, drink, dance. The fusion [combines] barbecue and Chinese cuisine. The spectrum of genres available is very eclectic, like my own music taste. My grandad founded the first record label in Ghana in 1954. They released all records on vinyl and it’s been in my life since I could remember. There’s so much to do in London, there is something for everyone whether it be food, activities and music. It being a multi-purpose space with fusion food available shows that it’s a collaboration of interest and different spaces giving this space a cultural identity. I like the architecture and how every room is close by but has a completely different purpose.”More Info
“I love the layout and vibe of the place. From the cafe to the baths and sauna boxes being outside. Feels more natural and an actual place of community as opposed to a man-made structure simply meant for a business. It feels deeper and personal, and the staff are great. It being in east London is a bonus as it’s my favourite place. I’m an active person and go the gym five days a week so doing this after a session aids recovery. I feel less stiff before the studio, rehearsals, meetings and shoots. People here share different ways they relax and recover, to aid people’s health and well-being. You get the feeling people here care for one another. A health-based collaboration based on openness, if you will. In the cold baths I’d say [stay for] two to three minutes. In the ice bath I’d say 45-90 seconds.”More Info
“Seen a lot of my friends perform here who have gone on to do great things. It’s a bit rough around the edges but it’s part of its charm. Homegrown talent showing, nothing to hide behind here and it shows the true essence of musicians on this stage. The playlist in the pub is great too. It’s a place for local and emerging talent to gig, and for the community to have a place to chill and discuss that isn’t home or work.”More Info
“You can find great vintage Levis, denim and the best jackets. I picked up a khaki bomber jacket and I had to stop myself from getting some cargos to match. [Atika is] vibrant, eclectic and friendly! You’re greeted on the way in and asked straight away if you need any help. Thrifting is a great activity to find pieces that have a story, a lot of them are rare and can’t be found anywhere so it’s discontinued or hard to find which makes your personal style even more unique. Sustainable fashion is something that should be more prevalent. London is a busy city contributing to a lot of emissions. New clothes don’t always need to be made and places like this with high-quality vintage pieces is important.”More Info