Travis in Copenhagen London

Guest post from Trav P. via inter-web from London:

Though the blog is on hold for the next few weeks, we figured a status report was in order…and Adreamkiller gets the exclusive © DJ Clue.

Anyone who frequented Victory is in My Clutches knows of my affinity for Copenhagen – it’s a quaint, lively city, full of beautiful people, with a great music scene and amazing nightlife. For those reasons, it was very difficult to leave (see comments), but we must continuously move on. Fortunately for me, I have moved on to bigger, if not better, places.

London makes Copenhagen look like a small village. One constantly feels the shear mass of people in this city – there are probably more people on the tube during my morning commute than there are brunettes in Denmark. But the size doesn’t necessarily mean that there is more cool shit going on here than in Copenhagen. This picture blog chronicles some of the hidden (and not so hidden) treasures of Londontown.

Yo-Yo (You’re Only Young Once) occurs every Thursday at Notting Hill Arts Club and features some the best hip-hop/soul/grime DJ’s in the UK. It’s a great scene – young, fashionable, high-music IQ, hipster-esque crowd and great whiskey sours for 6 lbs (which is a steal).

The “pub culture” of London means that most establishments only serve until 11 or midnight. The “Austrian Bar,” as we call it, is around the corner from me on a lightly-trafficked street and serves 1 litre beer steins and fondue until 2:30…get familiar.

The not so hidden Ain’t Nothing But the Blues is a diminutive venue – the size only heightens the experience. One is sure to step over a few inebriated locals on the way; and there is even a “designated” area in the alley to take a piss…which is key to a big night out. Note that you will not get served unless you say “please” when you order your drink.

Of course, Londontown also offers “big ticket” events – Jay-Z’s performance at Glastonbury was well-documented. I had the pleasure of catching Radiohead at Victoria Park a few weeks back which was pretty good; I wasn’t blown away. Similarly I caught The Cool Kids last week which was really good – but it didn’t have same energy that their concert in Copenhagen had (see review).

To conclude, Londontown is great. The city is diverse, there is something to do every night and it doesn’t have the same overwhelming feeling that New York has. But for my money, Copenhagen is better. There is just something about riding a single-speed in the middle of the winter and having a chat with a Danish dime-piece (double D’s as we call them) over a Carlsberg. And, Danes speak better English than the British.


3 Responses to “Travis in <strike>Copenhagen</strike> London”

  1. 1 Trav P. 07/09/2008 at 2:28 am

    Some would say that the namesake of the abovementioned blog has fallen off of the grid, Jason Bourne-style. The culprit being the working demands of the professional services industry; and the desire to remain gainfully employment in the midst of the economic downturn – which is terrible for young professionals but great for hippies/hipsters who loathe anyone with more than two suits.

  2. 2 Boogie 07/09/2008 at 6:22 am

    Good to see your alive. My flatmate was asking about you. She thinks I made you up. I second the Austrian Bar. The fondue was excellent and you can’t go wrong with litre beer.

  3. 3 thegrip 07/09/2008 at 12:33 pm

    double D’s…

    Glad to hear you’re alive. I was getting worried you joined some minor league basketball team and got stuck traveling all over Europe making $60 a game…

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