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Cafe OTO
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Ronnie Scott's
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Atlantis Records
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Brawn
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Noble Rot
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Primeur
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Jolene
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Fink's
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West Reservoir
London

Gilles Peterson's Favourite Spots in London

A mainstay in the UK's music scene, Gilles Peterson has helped nurture new artists, movements and spaces to experience music together over the course of his career. He has also been able to explore the ins-and-outs of London, a place he can only describe as "honestly, the best city in the world."


Describing London as a place that is "full of surprises, small little villages and quirky stuff," we took some time to chat with Gilles at We Out Here festival about the city he adores and to explore the spots he can't get enough of recently. From record shops where you're guaranteed to find a gem or two and historical jazz bars to scenic reservoir walks and coffee shops, read Gilles' guide below to get an insider's perspective into his version of London.

A mainstay in the UK's music scene, Gilles Peterson has helped nurture new artists, movements and spaces to experience music together over the course of his career. He has also been able to explore the ins-and-outs of London, a place he can only describe as "honestly, the best city in the world."


Describing London as a place that is "full of surprises, small little villages and quirky stuff," we took some time to chat with Gilles at We Out Here festival about the city he adores and to explore the spots he can't get enough of recently. From record shops where you're guaranteed to find a gem or two and historical jazz bars to scenic reservoir walks and coffee shops, read Gilles' guide below to get an insider's perspective into his version of London.

Cafe OTO

Out of curiosity for me, I’ll always go to Cafe Oto. The music played there is really Avant Garde and improv, but I personally find that really interesting these days.

Ronnie Scott's

If you're okay with the West End's sort of touristy, theatre-going audience, Ronnie Scott’s is pretty good. They get decent people in and you can sit down and watch world class music. And to be fair, at a place like Ronnie Scott’s, the stories are incredible. I’m so glad it is still around and they care about it. I know it's probably not the most fashionable or edgy answer and not everyone can afford to go - but it’s a bit of a date spot, somewhere for special occasions.

Atlantis Records

I think Atlantis is really good because they’re not online. I love John who works there and I've been spending a lot of time at the shop recently. You will genuinely find a gem there because someone hasn’t googled it and found online. You can actually find some really great stuff, so I'd say my favourite record shop as of late has definitely been Atlantis.

Brawn

Brawn was the first restaurant in London that I felt had a community feel. In places abroad like Germany, Austria, France, or Japan, I've always found that there was a real close association between the winemakers and DJs - a real kind of community.

In London, I felt like there isn’t always that kind of community... Until I met Ed Wilson, Chef and owner of Brawn. We get on like a house on fire. He's amazing. His restaurants are amazing and the food is too. He's humble and is an incredibly rare Chef that's so knowledgeable about wine.

Noble Rot

I really rate the guys at Noble Rot. It’s run by really brilliant people who have an incredible magazine which has become a monthly mag, almost like a cult thing. It’s about wine and they’ve sort of changed the whole landscape of wine understanding. Both their restaurants are really good and quite old-fashioned and so I big them up.

Primeur

I like what the crew behind Primeur have done. I even had my birthday party here.

Fink's

I've got to give Fink's a bit of credit. I'm a shorts guy so will come here for an espresso or piccolo.

West Reservoir

West Reservoir is a good little walk. It’s an amazing spot. Feels like suddenly you're in the country - you’ve got the reservoirs, the swimmers, the church in the background. Coming back from Arsenal, if you’re going to a game and then go all the way back there at night time, it’s amazing.