Joe Goddard's favourite London spots

The Hot Chip and 2 Bears member, DJ, label boss and all-round electro wizard tells us where he shops, eats and chills in the capital



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Raised in Fulham and educated in Putney, Joe Goddard spent his teenage years visiting the record shops of Soho, the clubs of Brixton and the Notting Hill Carnival. Nowadays he's a member of both Hot Chip and The 2 Bears, as well as producing, DJing, and co-running the hip electro label Greco-Roman. He's fast becoming a London musical icon, so when we interviewed him recently we couldn't help asking for a few tips and secrets on the best places to visit in London. Here's what he told us…

O2 Academy Brixton

‘I went to Brixton Academy to see Frank Ocean and I found it amazing. It has a lot going for it, Brixton. Because of where it is, the crowd is very culturally mixed – it’s just excellent. And it’s always been important to me. Growing up I saw the Beastie Boys there, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Basement Jaxx, Missy Elliott … it’s a great London institution.’

  1. 211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
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‘I’ve been going to Phonica since it opened – it’s really important to dance music in London. It’s one of the best places for finding things that aren’t going to be stocked anywhere else. It’s important for tastemakers. Whenever James Murphy or Tim Sweeney come over, you’ll always find them in there. Its important to any international DJ.’

  1. 51 Poland Street, W1F 7LZ
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Leong's Legend

‘That’s my go-to place if I’m in town. The biggest selling point is their exploding dumplings – I think they’re called xiao long bao – that have soup inside them. You have to wait like five minutes before eating or you’ll destroy your tongue, but if you wait then they’re really just totally excellent. It’s not expensive and it feels like authentic Taiwanese food.’

  1. 4 Macclesfield Street, W1D 6AX
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The Premises Studios

‘This is where Hot Chip have rehearsed off and on for the past eight years. The food is okay, although poached eggs cost 50p more, which I always find really annoying – but we have a long-standing relationship with the people there. It’s an inexpensive rehearsal space that’s really good, and they’ll supply things that you forgot to bring. It’s a good resource for young musicians.’

  1. 209 Hackney Rd, E2 8JL
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Maplin, Wood Green

‘There was a cartoon in Viz magazine saying, “Men! Why not get married in Maplins? It’s your big day too”. I feel like that – it’s a man’s place. And it’s a place where musicians feel comfortable and safe. They sell loads of stuff that’s practically necessary in a studio and the staff are knowledgeable. It’s also got radio controlled tanks if you want a diversion from music.’

  1. 21-23 High Rd, N22 6BH

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