My London: Shruti Haasan – Actress and Musician

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Shruti Haasan is a pop/rock musician and one of India’s most celebrated actresses. The songstress, who is based between Mumbai and London, released her first single when she was just 6 and emerged on the UK scene in late 2018 with sell out gigs at The Troubadour and Soho House. Known for her powerful voice and gift for emotionally charged song-writing, Shruti has been working with top producers in London on a hotly anticipated debut EP due for release later this year.

We caught up with Shruti for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.

 

Favourite neighbourhood:

I love London Bridge, it is where my flat is and I feel very connected to it now. It’s really beautiful with the river, cobbled streets and the parks. I’m also right by Borough Market which is my favourite place to go and indulge on free samples.

 

Favourite place for brunch:

Not sure if tapas really qualifies as brunch, but José on Bermondsey Street is awesome. Whatever time of the day!

 

Best coffee in London:

Also on Bermondsey Street is Fuckoffee. The name always makes me laugh and they have fantastic decaf options.

 

Favourite gallery or museum:

Whenever I finish a day in the studio, I love to wander over the Millennium Bridge and head to the Tate on my way home. I find it so therapeutic. White Cube also always has some brilliant exhibitions.

 

Tell us a secret:

I’ve had my flat in London for years and have only just mastered the art of the tube. I had nightmares about getting lost underground, going round and round on the Circle Line, and never being found.

 

Favourite place to shop:

The Great Frog is my go-to spot for jewellery, they have amazing, pendants, rings and thick link bracelets. I also adore everything at Fiorucci, it is a truly iconic brand that I was so happy to see make such an epic comeback. I am doing my next London gig at their Soho store on 8th May.

 

Favourite place to find inspiration:

Sat behind a piano in studio B at Metropolis in Chiswick. It’s steeped in musical history, U2, Amy Winehouse and Queen have all recorded there, and you really feel that godly musical presence when you are in there.

 

Best London destination for a date:

Anything that involves a stroll around Soho. I love Ronnie Scott’s. For me, a good date needs good music.

 

Favourite park:

Kew Gardens is perfect for a weekend walk. The collection of flowers and plants is truly breath-taking.

 

Favourite food market:

Borough Market if I am on my own. But if I’m with friends, I can spend hours at Portobello food market, popping in and out of the antique shops as we wander through the various stalls.

 

Your sanctuary in the city:

At my flat, particularly on a cold winter’s day. It is when I do my best writing.

 

What inspires you?

Life and love.

 

This season I’m loving:

Fashion pop ups. I’m very much a winter person, I love cold, dark and rainy, but the one thing that has got me excited for summer was picking up some amazing, unique clothes from my friend’s pop-up Officially Worn.

 

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