A Guided Tour of London with Jimpster

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For this My City it's time for a trip to London with Deep House producer and DJ, Jimpster as our tour. 

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As one of the most respected deep house DJs and producers, Jimpster has carved himself a name in the industry by producing and creating some of the hottest tracks in the charts. With two labels to his name, Freerange and Delusions of Grandeur, Jimpster has a simple moto linked to his successful career. In his words;

"The blueprint is simple: to inject life, depth, soul, sincerity and attitude. This is what sets the players apart from the pretenders."

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Where's the best place for a first date?

Sunday mornings at Columbia Road flower market would be a good shout for this (although my first date days are over, having been with my wife 25 years!). Monmouth Coffee is tucked away in the corner and is always our first port of call before entering the craziness of the market stalls to take in the sights and sounds of the East London barrow boys selling their wares. Mr Buckley's is my favourite spot to eat. Their grilled cheese sandwich with fried egg is unbelievably good.

PHOTO CREDIT: maybeldner

Where's your preferred place to chill and clear your head?

If you need to relax then best get out the city!  We normally head to Norfolk, which is only 2 hours by car and you have the most amazing beaches, beautiful pubs and some nice places to stay there. Burnham Overy Staithe is a lovely spot where you can watch the hooray-henry's poshing it up in their little sailing boats, before heading to Holkham for a walk on one of the most unspoilt and often the quietest expanses of golden sand you'll find anywhere in the UK.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tour Norfolk

Where serves the best breakfast?

My wife owns a restaurant in the city of Chelmsford (30 minutes train from London) so she'll divorce me if I don't say her place. As it happens, Acanteen does also happen to be my favourite place for breakfast and I normally go there for kedgeree or the full big breakfast.  The superfood detox juice goes some way to helping the hangover before easing into a bottle or two of the excellent Kernal beer.

PHOTO CREDIT: A Tale Of Two Sittings

Where's your favourite place to have a quiet drink?

The Palm Tree in Mile End is about as much of a step back in time as it's possible to get in East London these days.  This place is the regular of our good friend and drummer Andy Gangadeen, who can often be spotted sitting in on the local singers night, where you're as likely to be drinking with a pearly king and queen as a penny farthing riding hipster.


Where's your favourite place to have a messier night?

Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green has become a bit of a regular if we're up for a longer night.  We live an hour from London so when we're in town for a night out we like to stay here as they have a good restaurant, excellent bar and you can even adopt a goldfish for the night if you're feeling lonely.


What to wear...

SHOP: Only & Sons Long Sleeve Shirt | Carhartt WIP Skill Pant | Base London Boots

How would you describe your city's style?

Basically, London is a parody of itself, but who doesn't like to indulge in a bit of urban gentrification and pay £3.50 for a flat white every now and then.  Saying that, the over-abundance of macramé succulents and out of control facial hair can grate a bit sometimes.  That's why I keep it real living in the chav capital of the world - Essex.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

A few times a year we set up a stall at the Independent Record Label Market in Spitlefields, and it's always a really good day selling and buying some vinyl, catching up with other labels and having a good moan about the state of the industry.  Just up the road you have the Sunspel shop whose T-shirts I'm partial to.  All their clothing has been made in the UK at their factory in Long Eaton since 1860 and I'm still wearing T's of theirs that are 15 years old.  Top quality gear.

PHOTO CREDIT: Retail Design Blog

What song sums up your city?

Got to be a bit of Chas n Dave innit?

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