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The Maccabees reveal their favourite places in London

Danielle Goldstein

South London indie heroes The Maccabees release their new album ‘Marks to Prove It’ today. We interviewed them in this week’s Time Out magazine to find out the story behind the record, which was partly inspired by conversations overheard around London. They also gave us some tips on some of their favourite London spots – because they’re just nice guys like that. Here’s the Maccabees guide to London. Fair warning: it gets a bit weird.

Best view

National Portrait Gallery view

Orlando Weeks: ‘At the National Portrait Gallery there’s a bar that overlooks Trafalgar Square, but it’s from an angle that means you can’t see any signs of modernity. It could be a ’20s view, the ’50s, any era: I think it’s a really romantic snapshot of the area.’

Best lunch

Cafe Amore

Felix White: ‘There’s a café near our studio on Walworth Road called Amore that everyone goes to. Hugo thinks the coffee there is the best in the world, but that’s because they put too much sugar in it and he gets a buzz off it.’

Best place to relax

Keybridge House

© Steve Kereitsu

Orlando Weeks: ‘In the last few weeks I’ve been going to Vauxhall. There’s an old BT building [Keybridge House] that’s waiting to be demolished, but a peregrine falcon couple have nested in the top of it and they can’t remove them. So I go down that road to see the birds and their young flying around the building. I find that pretty peaceful.’

Read our full interview with The Maccabees.

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