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My London: Norman Jay MBE

Katie Gatens
03 November 2016

The veteran DJ recommends his favourite places in the capital, from shopping in Brixton Village to visiting the V&A

I was born in Notting Hill and have a long-standing emotional attachment to it. I started doing carnival more than 30 years ago. We held our planning meetings on Golborne Road – there’s a Portuguese café called Lisboa Patisserie that sells great cakes.

I still love going down Portobello Road on Saturday morning. I make sure I catch up with friends at the record shops Honest Jon’s and Rough Trade. 

I remember going to Camden Market as a kid. Nowhere in Europe is like it. Modfather is one of my favourite shops – I’m an old mod and everyone congregates there on scooters. There is always something good at Proud Gallery and you can catch an evening show at The Jazz Café

I love wandering around Brixton Village. It has a huge cultural significance – people of my parents’ generation lived there when they first came to London in the 1950s. Head to a shop called Brixi, which sells work from local designers. There’s a cool restaurant across the way called Cornercopia, and The Joint serves delicious pulled pork. 

The Prince of Wales on Coldharbour Lane is my favourite venue in London. They’ve got a huge Ibiza-style terrace on the roof. 

The V&A is a must – I lent some of my old clothes for its exhibition Streetstyle a few years ago. If you’re visiting the city for the first time, get down to the South Bank and visit the skate park. I did one of my favourite warehouse parties next door to Tate Modern before they extended it.

If you’re visiting the city for the first time, get down to the South Bank and visit the skate park. I did one of my favourite warehouse parties next door to the Tate Modern before they extended it.

My ambition? I would love to DJ a massive free party in the disused Aldwych Tube station because my dad used to work on the Piccadilly line between Holborn and Aldwych.