We asked five Londoners to share with us the places in town they like the most: recommendations for going out, insider tips for restaurants and cool shops. Here is what they say.

Where to eat

Burger & Lobster are good places. They have my favourite ale as well: Harvey’s. It’s a great combination.

Matthew, in his forties
Founder of Momentum Adventure, which offers bespoke adventure travels (check momentumadventure.com)
  1. Burger & Lobster 
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  3. burgerandlobster.com

Where to drink

Saturday night at Beach Blanket Babylon sets the tone for the weekend. Great music, atmosphere and décor.

Randa, in her thirties
Product manager and co-founder of creative marketplace fyshbol (see instagram.com/fyshbol)
  1. BEACH BLANKET BABYLON 
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  3. cacciaris.co.uk

Where to go on a tight budget

I like to treat myself to the paper-wrapped prawns at Joy King Lau on Leicester Street. Simple, cheap, delicious.

Julia, in the best age of a woman
Head of Lifestyle PR at Bentley Motors and London socialite
  1. Joy King Lau 
  2.  
  3. joykinglau.com

Always something going on: Camden Market

Where to shop

I’m constantly checking out new music for inspiration, and there’s nowhere better to do this than Phonica Records.

Nick, 32
Musician and producer with his own XOA electronic/Afrobeat project xoamusic.com
  1. Phonica Records 
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  3. phonicarecords.com

Where to hide from the rain

The Prince Charles Cinema, a cinema that shows recent out-of-theatre films you might have missed along with classics.

David, 31
Grammy-nominated music video director thisisdavidwilson.com
  1. Prince Charles Cinema 
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  3. princecharlescinema.com

Read all stories of our locals in the April issue of the SWISS Magazine

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