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This Fashion Insider’s Guide To Doing London Like A Local

And how to dress the part.

Blimey, I love London! I’ve only been there once, although that brief dalliance with the city was enough to have me plotting ways to pack up shop to live there for the summer of ’19. Speaking to London creative Ruth Flanagan only compounded my desire to jet across the pond, and according to her, the BEST thing about living in London would be, “the sheer variety, diversity and magic of the city, and walking home to the view of Alexandra Palace as the sun goes down.” Delightful!

It’s super easy to trust the travel tips of someone who works in fashion, and whose style muses are Francois, Brigitte, Jane, Claudia Cardinale, Gina in Heartbeat and Bet Lynch in Corrie. Read below to find out Ruth’s fav spots around London, and then shop her look below.

Photographer, @mikechalmers | Instagram, @ruth_flan

Wearing: Cardigan RALPH LAUREN (SIMILAR HERE) | Shorts, & OTHER STORIES (SIMILAR HERE) | Shoes, ADIDAS (SIMILAR HERE) | Bag, VINTAGE (SIMILAR HERE) | Jewellery, VINTAGE (SIMILAR HERE)

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I'D TAKE A FIRST TIME LONDON VISITOR TO...

“See a gig and meet Jeff Horton, the owner of the 100 club—he has some incredible stories about his family-run music venue, which is one of the few left in the UK. After that I’d take them to Trisha’s in Soho for some late night drinks.”

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I'D TAKE A FIRST TIME LONDON VISITOR TO...

“See a gig and meet Jeff Horton, the owner of the 100 club—he has some incredible stories about his family-run music venue, which is one of the few left in the UK. After that I’d take them to Trisha’s in Soho for some late night drinks.”

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BEST SPOT FOR COFFEE...

“An independent coffee & record shop on Exmouth Market called Brill.”

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BEST SPOT FOR COFFEE...

“An independent coffee & record shop on Exmouth Market called Brill.”

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CUTEST SPOT FOR A DATE NIGHT IS...

Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington or the Art House cinema in Crouch End.”

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CUTEST SPOT FOR A DATE NIGHT IS...

Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington or the Art House cinema in Crouch End.”

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AND A COCKTAIL HANG...

“Any of Soho’s streets.”

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AND A COCKTAIL HANG...

“Any of Soho’s streets.”

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THE BEST SPOT FOR A BOOGIE...

“The Booglaloo in Highgate.”

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THE BEST SPOT FOR A BOOGIE...

“The Booglaloo in Highgate.”

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SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP AT...

“Angel for its great charity shops and lovely Saturday flea market.”

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SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP AT...

“Angel for its great charity shops and lovely Saturday flea market.”

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