“London is dope because it’s one of these big melting pots, know what I mean? And it has been for a very long time.” Most Londoners would argue that perennial thirst magnet Idris Elba’s take on their native London is spot-on. And they of course, along with Idris, would be right. With over 300 languages spoken on a daily basis, London epitomizes diversity.
It’s also a region ripe for frequent pint consumption. In London, drinking a daily beer at the local pub is part of the culture. It’s also something Idris suggests adults visiting London do to develop a more refined appreciation for the British way of life. “Go to a pub, get a drink and soak it all up” he recommended.
TC caught up with Elba in Hollywood during the premiere of his new filmHobbs & Shaw. The 46-year-old A-lister antagonizes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham in the Fast & Furious spin-off. Most of the production took place in London, allowing the actor to work around familiar surroundings.
Elba grew up in the London borough of Hackney, a neighborhood he wants more people to visit when in London. He also had a few other suggestions in our interview above. Give it a play.
Eric has revolved in and out of passport controls for over 20 years. From his first archaeological field school in Belize to rural villages in Ethiopia and Buddhist temples in Laos, Eric has come smile to smile with all walks of life. A writer, photographer and entrepreneur, the LA native believes the power of connectivity and community is enriched through travel.