Photo: Pete Prokopiw
I tend to have to travel a lot at the weekends doing shows all over Europe. If I’m lucky enough to have a weekend off, I always try to spend it in London, which I still consider to be one of the best cities in the world, despite having lived here all my life.
I love swimming. Last year, a friend told me about the London Aquatics Centre, above (Olympic Park, London, E20 2ZQ, 020 8536 3150) in Stratford, which was built for the Olympics, and I’ve been going there most weeks ever since. It's worth the trek just for the architecture. The main pool is 50 metres long and you can’t help but feel serene and calm as soon as you dip into that large body of water.
After doing a decent 20 lengths, I jump on the train to Dalston and walk down Kingsland Road to one of my favourite Japanese restaurants, Brilliant Corners, above (470 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE). The people running the restaurant used to be regulars at the now defunct club ‘Plastic People,’ which was renowned for its impeccable music policy. In keeping with Plastic People’s legacy, each evening the restaurant invites top music selectors to come and play tunes, and you can expect to hear anything from Miles Davis to Patrice Rushen.
Soho is one of my favourite areas. I’ve always loved coming here, particularly to see what’s going on in the record shops. There really is nothing better than spending an afternoon flicking through the racks at two of my most treasured record stores ‘Sounds Of The Universe, above (7 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DA, 020 7734 3430) and ‘Phonica’ (51 Poland Street, London W1F 7LZ, 020 7025 6070). Some of the people I always go to for recommendations have now become good friends. Nick at Phonica always pulls out amazing tunes and knows exactly what I like, and Nicole or Abbey at Sounds Of The Universe have been working there since I was about 16. There's something about the vibe in both these stores that makes anyone feel instantly at home.
Once I’m stocked up with records I’ll head to Princi, above (135 Wardour Street, London W1F 0UT, 020 7478 8888), which is my number one Soho destination in Soho for something to eat. Everything here is perfection, from the desserts to the pizza. You can either sit down for a proper meal or just grab a spot at the bar. The atmosphere is always buzzing and it gets really busy, but the turn around is so fast that within a few minutes you’re bound to get a table. They have a brilliant separate coffee bar at the back, great for coffee lovers like me.
I like to get home early evening so I have time to get ready for the night ahead. If I’m up for a night out I’ll either head to Oval Space, above (29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT, 020 7183 4422), Dance Tunnel (95 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB 020 7249 7865), Village Underground (54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PQ, 020 7422 7505, villageunderground.co.uk), Fabric (77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ, 020 7336 8898), or XOYO (32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP, 020 7354 9993). There’s always something going on at one of these and you’re guaranteed a night of dope music and busy dance floors.
Sunday is a confirmed chill day. If the weather is nice I’ll go for a gentle run around Hampstead Heath. The views are incredible, and on a clear day you can see right across London. If I’m shattered, I might walk across the Heath for a Sunday roast at one of the many great pubs there. A particular favourite is The Bull & Last (168 Highgate Road, NW5 1QS, 020 7267 3641), where they do the best pie and mash in London.
If I want something sweet – there is no better spot than La Creperie de Hampstead, above (77 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1RE). You can tell it’s good as there is always a huge queue. My parents used to take me here after school and we’d buy one to eat on the way home, and it still feels like a treat. It’s definitely the best way to end my week.
Moxie is a Londoner raised on raving and records; a seasoned DJ, she has played big-room clubs and sweatbox basements worldwide. Moxie is also a radio host on national FM, regional stations and independent start-ups. This mix of underground and mainstream has seen her become one of the UK’s hottest DJs, and 2015 is shaping up to be her strongest year yet. Listen to her music here and find out more here.
Moxie will be playing next on Saturday 6th June at Found presents: Born and Bread, a one day festival championing true London sounds in Haggerston Park, London.