Today we present the second installment of our #AROUNDTOWN photo series where we visit some of the artists’ favorite spots in their respective hometowns. From having Tyga lead us around Los Angeles to his three favorite joints, we now meet up with UK newcomer MNEK, who invited us to have a closer look at some of his go-to spots. Thanks to a couple of singles, numerous remixes and collaborations with heavyweights such as Bastille and Duke Dumont, the 19-year-old singer has been on the constant rise for the past 12 months. While his breakthrough tune, “Every Little Word,” shows the world that he can stand on his own, MNEK’s new single, “Wrote A Song About You,” makes it apparent that the London native is destined for big things in the near future.
Our trip kicks off at the famous Old Street in East London. Notorious for its graffiti culture, the area has become a place for creative inspiration, and is the right vibe for the up-and-coming artist who’s currently working on the release of his major label debut releasing soon through Virgin. For those not familiar with the area, walking down the Great Eastern Street from the Old Street station will bring you to the world-famous Brick Lane in just a few minutes.
Music and fashion go hand-in-hand, and on that note, MNEK leads us to the next location: The Goodhood Store. Located in Hoxton’s quiet little Coronet Street, the multi-functional space is one of London’s cult boutiques and serves as both a fashion store and creative space. Above all, the store’s eccentric yet minimal design surrounded by brick walls is what’s responsible for the Goodhood’s undeniable charm.
The next stop is The Breakfast Club, which is also located in the East End district of Hoxton. The restaurant is a popular go-to spot for hundreds of daily tourists but is also home to Hoxton’s creative scene. And as MNEK is quick to point out, you can expect more than just All-day breakfast on the menu. Besides the food, the Virgin Records-signee states that he also appreciates the NYC vibe of the restaurant’s surroundings.
The last location is Ebor Street, an energetic, vibrant spot that — similar to Old Street — boasts a very specific and creative appeal thanks to the graffiti-laced walls that surround it. The place reminds the young artist to keep his head up and always strive for the best.
Click through the gallery above to see more from MNEK’s favorite haunts.
Old Street (Google Maps)
Ebor Street (Google Maps)