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Our ultimate London soundtrack

Published September 7th, 2012

Happy Friday! We’re still in love with the cheap London flights at the moment so we thought we’d create the ultimate London soundtrack to get us in the mood. The British capital has long been a thriving hub for music, with everyone from Phil Collins, Elton John, Adele and Amy Winehouse hailing from Londontown. In addition to these acts, here are some of our favourite tracks to listen to while wandering the city's Monopoly Board streets.

 

West In Girls – Pet Shop Boys

Who saw them perform at the London Olympics? They look just as bonkers now as they did when they released this catchy tune in 1984. The song takes inspiration from TS Elliot's poem The Waste Land, and talks about the chaotic life of inner city London. Some shots from the film clip were even filmed in London's tube.

 

London Calling – The Clash

The title says it all really. London is calling us all, including  new wave band The Clash, who wrote the song in 1979. The song captures a moment in London's time when the Thames River flooded and the band was struggling to make it in the city. Ironically, their worries paid off, with the punk track becoming an unofficial anthem of London.

 

Galang – MIA

"London calling, speak the slang now" - MIA puts a modern spin on The Clash's iconic song, tapping into modern London's vibrant multicultural scene. Don't be surprised if this colourful dancehall track gets played while your partying at one of the underground clubs in London.

 

Portobello Road - Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Disney kids unite! If you've seen Bedknobs and Broomsticks you won't be able to wander past Portobello Road without singing this catching tune. Needless to say, the Porobello Road markets don't look like this any more! Sadly there's much more shopping than impromptu dancing.

 

LDN - Lily Allen

Everyone's favourite cheeky Londoner Lily Allen embraced her hometown with her 2006 hit LDN. Take a leaf out of Lily's book and listen to the track while bike riding around London. 'Sun is in the sky, oh why oh why, would I want to be anywhere else?'

 

 

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.