Nightcrawler

The night­time plea­sures of Lon­don are var­ied and sen­sual.

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“Things just hap­pen in Lon­don that wouldn’t hap­pen else­where,” says Josh White­house. The artist, mu­si­cian, and ac­tor (see him soon in the mu­si­cal re­make of

Val­ley Girl) moved to the city eight years ago, build­ing both home and a ca­reer “that I never even saw my­self head­ing into.” For him, di­ver­sity is what gives the cap­i­tal its unique ap­peal. “No mat­ter who you are or what you do, you can find your cir­cle in Lon­don,” he says. And at night, the con­trast be­comes even more ap­par­ent with var­ied plea­sures for the tak­ing. His ideal itin­er­ary would be spent “with close friends on a sum­mer evening, hav­ing early evening drinks in Is­ling­ton or Soho, then off to some­where nice for a bite to eat, fol­lowed by bowl­ing or [watch­ing] a comedy, a play, a film, or a band.” Here, more of the Lon­doner’s night­time hang­outs and se­cret spots.

Chaos and cre­ation

“I find the en­ergy of Lon­don to be al­most fran­tic: crack­ling with the busy feet of the busy peo­ple run­ning here, there, and ev­ery­where. It is a place that is beam­ing with cre­ativ­ity and life from ev­ery cor­ner.”

Moon lovers

“Lon­don at night is like a new city: more ro­man­tic, full of fun and flair. It’s when peo­ple are out to dress up or re­lax and have a good time, but the hus­tle and bus­tle of all walks of life are still all around you. Lon­don never sleeps.”

An­tic­i­pa­tion

“There’s noth­ing quite like the feel­ing of be­ing ex­cited for a night out, es­pe­cially if you are an­tic­i­pat­ing spend­ing it with some­one spe­cial. The best part of look­ing for­ward to it is just that: When it’s nearly time to go, you are get­ting ready and walk­ing out of the door. You know you have the whole night ahead of you to en­joy.”

A great night

“I re­ally en­joy spend­ing an evening around Is­ling­ton. It’s a lit­tle more easy­go­ing there and has lots of nice restau­rants and bars. There is a cinema nearby, too, and it’s only about fif­teen min­utes from the city cen­ter if you are in the mood to stay out.”

A no-lim­its night

“I would have to sky­dive onto Dal­ston Roof Park with my band, eat a hearty steak, and drink some tasty wine. [We’ll] play a gig on its rooftop, then ab­seil half­way down, jump and land on one of those big squishy nets, and then head over to a North­ern Soul night some­where and dance.”

A se­cret view

“One of the best views I have seen in Lon­don at night was over­look­ing Pic­cadilly Cir­cus from the rooftop of Ho­tel Café Royal, where we filmed the Mr. Burberry cam­paign. You can see all of the rooftops for miles, and all the mad­ness of the streets be­low.”

A sexy spot

“Hyde Park in au­tumn is sen­sual. The sound of peo­ple walk­ing and talk­ing, eat­ing and hav­ing fun... Sen­su­al­ity is some­thing that fol­lows ev­ery­one around wher­ever they go.”

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