Tom Pandé

  • Photographer
  • Interior designer
  • Artist

Tom loves to get lost in London because he always finds new places that way. This is his attitude in life and for every city he visits.

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My 24 Hours in London

I love starting the day with a little breakfast at Slate’s. It is a rather small place but they will definitely convince you with their choice of croissants, cookies, cakes and other lovely snacks. If you pass by Slate during the day, it is also perfect for taking a break from exploring the city and having an iced cappuccino while watching people run by in busy Curtain Road. You are what you eat, so also consider getting something fresh at the hidden gem Rochelle Canteen, where they use good ingredients to create brilliant meals.

Now it’s time for some shopping. I really like the Goodhood Store, because this is not only a hub for creativity but a fashion boutique, too. You will find only the coolest streetwear as well as accessories of hot brands like Peter Jensen, Wood Wood, Opening Ceremony, Le Specs, Surface to Air, Vans, Norse Projects and many more. All together they offer more than 200 brands. Just across the street their branch Goodhood Life Store is for making your home look as rad as your wardrobe.

Regarding art exhibitions, I like what the White Cube galleries have to offer. You can find them in Bermondsey or Mason’s Yard.  They host great international artists as well as promote young British art. I love getting inspired there!

Since it would probably be time for lunch by now, I’d head to Patty & Bun Burger in James Street. This burger joint once started as a pop-up restaurant and blossomed out to be a fast-food institution with several branches today. And for good reason – their burgers of all varieties are incredible! Number one in my book: The Ari Gold Burger.

One of my favourite places in the city is the Elder Gardens next to the Old Spitalfields Market. I’d go there to rest for a while and just enjoy the lush oasis in the middle of this busy city. Grab a coffee to-go somewhere before you lie down and start watching the clouds pass by. Or take a relaxing walk along the canal in the northern part of London. It is so nice to just stroll along and sit down in one of the many cafés to have a beer or coffee before the sun sets.

Before I go home to get ready for dinner I might pop into the compartment store Selfridges to get myself a new fragrance or skin care by Haeckels. This brand focuses on only using natural and local ingredients for their products.

Later in the evening I would have dinner at Tonkotsu. This is the name of the typical ramen noodles on Kyushu, an island south of Japan.

Locations



Slate96 Curtain Rd, London, Vereinigtes Königreich

This urban style day-time coffee bar serves seriously good coffee and tasty snacks. Some are even gluten free.
Goodhood Store151 Curtain Rd, London, Vereinigtes Königreich

This is the best spot for getting really slick, urban streetwear. Just across the street you’ll find their branch Goodhood Life Store.
White Cube Gallery25-26 Masons Yard, London, Vereinigtes Königreich

This one and the even bigger site in Bermondsey are both very worth visiting. The galleries are famous for their extraordinary artworks and changing exhibitions.
Patty & Bun Burger54 James Street, London, Vereinigtes Königreich

A nice little burger joint with several branches in the city. I highly recommend the Ari Gold Burger.
Elder GardensLamb Street, London, Vereinigtes Königreich

Stroll through Old Spitalfields Market, grab a coffee to-go and lie down in the Elder Gardens to rest for a while.
Tonkotsu63 Dean Street, London, Vereinigtes Königreich

The Soho based restaurant Tonkotsu is famous for its delectable ramen dishes.
Rochelle CanteenRochelle School Arnold Cir, London E2 7ES, Vereinigtes Königreich

A wonderful breakfast place in Shoreditch. Slightly hidden, you enter through a tiny door in the wall of an old Victorian school on Arnold Circus.
Selfridges & Co.400 Oxford St, London W1C 2PL, Vereinigtes Königreich

Ask for the brand Haeckels. They produce the best natural hair and skin products, as well as fragrances.
‘Stay positive and stay surrounded by people who inspire you.’
  • Searching for flea market treasures.
  • Patty & Bun is my favourite burger joint!
  • Treat yourself to some magnificent products from Haeckels.
  • I prefer shopping for clothes at the Goodhood Store.
  • My home is my bikes' home.
  • The White Cube galleries are always showcasing amazing art pieces.
  • The Japanese restaurant Tonkotsu is where I love to go for dinner.
  • When in London an evening at the pubs is a must do!

My thoughts about London

What do you love about your destination?

It’s so diverse, it’s really a thousand cities rolled into one. It’s a great place to come and discover something your never knew you needed.

Which music fits best to your destination?

Thomas Mapfumo – ‘shumba’.

What‘s a "must do" in your destination?

Go and forage for amazing furniture and design at one of the following – DSM (Dover Street Market) for interior installations , Mint for bespoke furniture , Maltby Street Market: RopeWalk and also Sunbury Antiques Market for antique and vintage furniture.

London is always worth a visit - this city is fascinating!
Look for slick, urban streetwear at the Goodhood Store.

Take a vacation into My life

What’s your background?

I was born in Zimbabwe and raised on the coast of England, in Leigh-on-sea.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by sculptural art and design work that really makes the viewer feel a different perspective. I particularly admire monumental work that takes form as a lead and not just function.

How would a good friend describe you?

Always aware and creating from a new perspective.

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Panoramic, surprising, connected, colourful, fast.

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

ThisisColossal (blog) / Cereal / Monocle / IDEAT contemporary life.

Which films blow your mind?

The eye has to travel : Diana Vreeland / Darjeeling limited / Tangerine / Drive / Into the Wild.

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

Ai Wei Wei.

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

Tokyo, Milan, Brooklyn NYC, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).

Your life philosophy?

Stay positive! And stay surrounded by people who inspire you.

Suitcase, Backpack or Weekender?

Backpack.

What else should we know about you?

I ride everywhere and have slowly built up a small collection of vintage bikes. I sometimes enjoy bringing new experiences and elements from my environment to private commissions / projects.
London is continuously changing… I love getting lost in my own city.

Travelling is…

exploration. Pattern, colour and design can be found everywhere.

Life is…

love and being in the moment.

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