the FRESH guide to: London
your introduction to the FRESH guides, the Printworks recap, nightlife, entertainment and cuisine recommendations and more
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let’s jump into the juicy parts! this London guide was originally planned for a regular update issue, but as i started writing out everything i wanted to cover, the list got longer and longer… to the point of needing dedicated coverage in a separate issue, hence our FRESH guides!
the recommendations in this guide have been informed by my most recent trip back to London this past springtime in 2023. it was my first time back in the country and city in a good 5-6 years; so much had changed about it since, and it was exciting to both revisit old haunts and discover new delights.
the FRESH guide to: London includes 14 separate recommendations, spanning the following topics:
music and nightlife
outdoors, nature and scenic routes
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FRESH: music and nightlife
a big incentive for this trip was to finally catch a show (or five) at the infamous venue Printworks. it has been hosting legendary electronic events since its opening in 2017, but unfortunately became a victim to the Canada Water Regeneration Masterplan, a multi-billion pound gentrification project in the humble South-East London neighborhood. after announcing its immanent closure this past May and faced with an uncertain future, it fortunately is now set for a 2026 reopening, though likely in a very different physical form.
my first Printworks experiences were also my last ones (for now), and Canada Water already had a special place in my heart, which made the whole experience quite surreal and bittersweet - but i could not be happier with deciding to make the trip back over. i’ve been to a great number of impressive live music venues, but Printworks takes the cake for me. the main stage, Press Halls, is simply jaw-dropping whether crowd-deep on the floor or up on the side balconies; and the smaller Inkwells stage offers an more intimate, hypnotic experience.
some highlights from my run of shows:
somehow ending up front and center in the crowd for my final Printworks show to see Kasablanca (for the first time!) and my favorites Above & Beyond, and getting adopted by a lovely group. A&B opened their set with this classic and it’s still stuck in my head.
hearing vintage Brodinski and Louisahhh out of nowhere in the Inkwells - i still have no idea who was playing at the time and i love that.
going so often to the pizza stall outside in the courtyard that the staff started recognizing me as a regular.
for a more complete tracklist, head over to my 2023 playlist and scroll down to around April-time.