MY CITY

LONDON

NEBIL GAIGI

Born in the UK, Nebil Gaigi grew up in Tunisia, before his studies took him to Paris, Sheffield and Nottingham, eventually landing in London. Having originally trained as a lawyer, Nebil later carved out a career as a consultant in the City - but he is definitely not your average 'suit'.

With his love of music and fashion, Nebil's London is a melting pot of cultures, styles, languages and people - the perfect environment for new independent fashion brands to emerge and intriguing new bar concepts to flourish. At the same time, the city possesses such a wealth of history that there are a ton of fascinating places to explore.

We asked Nebil to narrow down some of his favourite places in the city...

HAPPINESS FORGETS

@happiness_hoxton

"This is a special place in Shoreditch, East London. It's quite hidden, underneath an inconspicuous block of offices on Hoxton Square. You have to navigate some treacherous metal staircase down to the basement where a world of mood lighting, candles, chilled music and - of course - amazing cocktails awaits. And by cocktails we don't mean your average 'Pornstar Martini', we mean 'Frappe Le Sec', 'Tokyo Collins', and 'Jerezana', served by experienced mixologists. Dionne Warwick noted that "loneliness remembers what happiness forgets." Make sure you let happiness remember this time by visiting this place."

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DALSTON

Adventures in the East

"Dalston epitomises East London, there is no place like it. Once the home of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, the area has undergone a transformation over the last few years to become a true rival to Shoreditch - with an edgy twist. Dalston is for the connoisseurs.

Kingsland Road is where it all happens, with cool speakeasies such as Ruby's, Dalston Superstore (pictured) and the Ridley Road Market Bar, cool jazz clubs such as Servant Jazz Quarters, and a wide choice of restaurants ranging from Turkish, Ethiopian and Peruvian. Don't be square, go to Dalston."

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INNS OF COURT

The legal heart of London

"This place is a true oasis in the middle of the City of London. I always try and take a few strolls through here to enjoy some moments of peace in a city which is continually on ten. The area is made of four Inns: Grays Inn, Lincoln's Inn (pictured), Inner Temple and Middle Temple, and is the home of barristers chambers. There is an innate air of calmness and tranquility as you walk around the cobbled streets, surrounded by historic buildings, hidden fountains, gargoyles and calming parks. Literally like stepping into a time warp in the middle of a 21st century city."

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LAMB'S CONDUIT STREET

Shop 'til you... reach the pub

"OK, I admit it. I'm a bit addicted when it comes to clothes shopping. There are never enough tapered trousers or trendy sneakers in one's wardrobe in my eyes. London is the place to be when it comes to getting yourself some cool "garms" to parade at Happiness Forgets, Dalston (see above), ok maybe not at the Inns of Court (then again...).

Lambs Conduit street is unique in that it's the home of independent labels such as Grenson, Oliver Spencer, Universal Works and Folk (pictured), quintessential English makes all lined up on one street, in one of London's oldest areas (Holborn). Start at the top, part with some cash and end up with a pint of Ale at The Lamb to finish the day off. Now you're a true Londoner, jobs a good'un."

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ROSEWOOD HOTEL

Step into the 1930s

"The Rosewood is the place I go to for a quick whisky before making my way to the West End for a night out. The whisky bar is top class, with every brand of whisky you can think of, but most importantly is the decor that makes that drink taste a little different. The decor is 1930s, which adds to the moment. Think 1930s spy movie, cigar and Homburg hat to match, with a jazz band playing in the background. Suddenly your surroundings are all black and white and Marlene Dietrich has just walked in to join you at the bar. The Edwardian courtyard is quite the entrance, and there's even a gin garden at the back. As Marlene said, "it's the friends that you can call at 4am that matter." 4am at the Rosewood I might add."

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All photos are copyright 51 Squared B.V., with the exception of: Portrait (Courtesy of Nebil Gaigi); Happiness Forgets (Instagram @happiness_hoxton); Dalston Superstore (Instagram @dsuperstore); Lincolns Inn (Credit: Unsplash - Tzenik); Folk (Instagram @folkclothing); Rosewood Hotel (Instagram @scarfesbar). This feature was not paid for in any way.

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