Discovering London With Passion
by Mirain Griffiths
It had been a lifelong dream to study at a drama school and to live the theatrical life of London, and finally at the age of 28, I was venturing on my new journey at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But as I sat in my small bare room after a long lockdown in rural North Wales, quite frankly I didn’t know where to start.
London is a city of promise and colour. Neon lights, smoke and sky scrapers. Pockets of green parks, traditional cobbled streets and funky timeless yards. Museums and buildings that house magnificent collections, and art that grows beyond the walls of the buildings themselves. A city celebrates diversity, culture and the lives of the people that call it home.
As an actor and artist I find my freedom through my voice and presence and feel that the clothes we wear are a celebration of who we are and the things that inspire us. My advice to anyone visiting London is to explore that freedom and celebrate yourself to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. 24 hours in London to me looks like throwing on my favourite dusty pink dungarees from the brand M.C. Overalls, paired with my chunky boots, a big oversized coat and messy hair. Now for the exciting part, what to do and discover…Start the morning right by filling your lungs in one of London’s parks - my favourite is Primrose Hill. Pause for a moment to take it all in, whilst looking at the beautiful panoramic views of the city where you can see the beautiful Regents Park a stones throw away accompanied by the sharp silhouette of London's architecture. Next, walk alongside the Regents Canal canal to discover a youthful vibe, wildlife, musicians and street art. You can even grab a seat on a narrow canal boat, but if Venetian style of travelling is not for you, head straight to Camden Locks where you’ll be immersed in vintage shops, market stalls and plenty of delicious food. Camden for me really celebrates London’s diversity.
Along the Regency Canal, there is a sense of the past meeting a contemporary London. You’ll arrive at Coals Drop Yard sat on its canal-side setting and know exactly what I mean. Here, Victorian heritage and contemporary architecture meet and the stories, skills and ideas of its independent craftspeople and hottest up coming designers; a testament to decades of hard working London grafters. Close by is the famous art school Central Saint Martins where you can peek at emerging artists and their innovative work. Kings Cross is definitely not to be missed, and conveniently a place where you can jump on the next tube to explore more of the city... Next stop, Piccadilly Circus.
There is something about this wild junction that acts like the heartbeat of the city. Its rhythm invites endless discoveries, from the amazing art at the Royal Academy or allowing yourself to get lost in the whirlwind of Soho. Every corner is a stimulus to the imagination, including the Laz Emporium, one of my favourite boutique galleries. Amongst other treats you’ll find record shops, cocktail bars, Ronnie Scott’s and plenty of extraordinary fashion brands.
It was on a recent wander that I discovered M.C.Overalls and was instantly drawn by the hand painted jackets and protest like placards stamped bravely with UNITY. A word that we desperately need in this current climate and an invaluable insight to what they are all about, creating hardworking clothes that last for all people, regardless of gender. Through their curated designs and innovative collaborations with inspiring artist this is a brand to me that truly represents London. Clothes that allow you to be genuinely who you are in a City that’s full of possibilities.
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