A Guide to London with Matt Woods in London, UK

Born and raised in Cornwall, soul singer Matt Woods moved to London in search of a bigger music scene. He may be a new talent but landing on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 playlist has helped him pick up speed in the music world. His latest single, “Ain’t No Use,” currently has nearly two million plays on Spotify. Listen to this viral hit below and read on to learn about some of Matt’s favorite places in his new hometown.

What is the best thing about London? There is always something to do, and always someone to see.

What is the worst? It’s not Cornwall.

What is a perfect day in London? Morning run in Brockwell Park, sunny beer garden on the Thames, Dim Sum in Soho, then onto The Box.

What’s it like being a band in London? Expensive to live, but unparalleled in terms of a music scene.

What inspires your songwriting? People. People that I know and people that I don’t.

What’s your favorite way to interact with fans, before, during and after the show? With a beer, face to face. There is nothing more rewarding than spending some time with actual fans. And there is nothing more enjoyable than a beer and a chat.

Pictured above: Matt Woods opening for Kevin Garrett in a church in London (via @mattwoodsmusic)

If you could tour with any band or artist from any time in history, who would it be? Nina Simone.

Do you have any pre-show rituals? Not really, I’m fairly relaxed about it. I like to go through all the vocal harmonies if I’m playing with the band, I guess that’s become a bit of a ritual now.

How do you get oriented in a new city? I go for a run. I have to pay attention, or I get lost. And think you see much more of the everyday city life that way.

Which bands/artists are you listening to these days? Alabama Shakes, Anderson Paak, Aquilo, Anthony and The Johnsons are a few.



London photo by Leila Peterson.

This Yodel by Era Bushati



Favorite place to eat?

Osteria Basilico in Notting Hill

Favorite place to drink?

The Dove in Hammersmith

Local tip?

Go to Brixton Market for cheap eats.

If someone was visiting what must they do?

Go to Portobello Road.