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London duo Franc Moody share London travel guide

While we love nothing more than playing tourist here in the States, there’s nothing quite like a legendary European tour. You will stop for a dream weekend in Paris and then go party in Ibiza. Maybe you’ll even spark some holiday romance while on Santorini.

Of course, you will also want to stop for a few days in London. And of course, the city’s sights like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace strength worth your time. But what better way to experience such an iconic city than by taking top recommendations from Londoners themselves?

To get a taste of what’s really worth doing on a trip to London, we spoke to up-and-coming electro-funk duo Franc Moody, both hailing from London Town. Below, band members Jon Moody and Ned Franc share their top picks for playing, eating and partying in London. Read their comprehensive guide and while you’re at it, check out their latest singles “Mass Appeal” and “Raining in LA.”

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PART I — Where to play

Jon Moody:

The Palm Pub

Grab a pint and check out the house band on a Saturday night at The Palm in Mile End! The pub retains its original 70s decor and bands have been playing there since time immemorial.

A great local experience in the east!

Ned Frank:

There are so many weird and wonderful things to do in London that it’s really hard to pinpoint one activity in particular, but here goes… I have a Miniature English Bull Terrier and live in South London, and the one of my favorite things to do is walk from Blackheath through Greenwich Park and Greenwich itself before boarding a boat from Greenwich Pier at London Bridge and walking through Borough Market and grabbing something to eat. If you visit London you have to see the river and this is a great way to do it.

PART II – Where to eat

Jon Moody:

L'Angolo London
The Angolan

There’s so much good food here it’s hard to choose! I must be somewhere between a sandwich shop and an Indian restaurant for me… There’s a small, family-owned Italian grocery store near our old studio in Kensal Rise called L’Angolo, which became the main source of energy while writing and editing. recording in this studio. Incredibly good sandwiches on Earth and the sweetest guys who run it.

The only catch is the coma you’ll slip into after eating one of their best two-legged sandwiches. Worth it!

Ned Frank:

The Camberwell Arms London
The arms of Camberwell

For consistently excellent food, look no further than The Camberwell Arms, the Scotch Bonnet pork fat on toast is killing me. Always great but if there’s no room there, get the best falafel in town at the aptly named Falafel & Shawarma about 30 yards up the road. Apart from these two, you MUST eat at the best greasy spoons in town… The Regency Cafe in Pimlico, Tony’s Cafe in Bermondsey and many more.

Beans, black pudding, hash browns, a few bangers and 17 fried eggs is perhaps the only thing we Brits do well.

PART III — Where to party

Jon Moody:

Thursday nights, St. Moritz Club, ‘Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues.’ This little underground SoHo sweatbox has had our knees swaying and our feet tapping for years. Live rhythm and blues bands followed by DJs all night with one of the best selections of R&B, jump shuffle and aka.

I think it’s the oldest club night in London!

Ned Frank:

For a guaranteed good night, catch one of Hannah TW’s “LOCAL” parties. The night takes place (approximately) every two months in various imaginative spaces across South London and always has the best DJ line-ups.