7. Store Boys – West Finish Women (1984)
This exuberant slice of contemporary day pop describes a summer’s day within the city, coolly referencing old ladies battling together with Tesco bags alongside “pimps”, “crack whores” and individuals eating “al fresco” around the block. Despite riding her bike on a sunny day it’s still the dark underbelly that wins through in the song’s conclusion: “When you appear together with your eyes / Everything appears nice / However if you simply look two times / You can observe it’s all lies”.
Certainly one of Grime’s newest classics, a snarling tale of existence working in london for any huge proportion from the capital’s troubled youth. Referencing gentrification, it highlights the altering face from the city because the socially mobile mix using the poor in areas still full of gang crime and poverty. “Corporations move the indegent out their houses / Plus they declare that their fixing the ends / And aside from pushing up all of the rent prices / These Starbucks ain’t doing s**t for that ends”.
8. Lily Allen – LDN (2006)
Poor old London, could it be really that bad? Well no, as Adele so to put it simply it in her own 2008 Blues and Soul interview: “Here working in london – even when I’m getting a s**t day – there’s still something I really like concerning the place”. This really is her song concerning the London she loves, the folks living and thrive there. It’s their spirit and variety that is in the centre of these along with other great songs relating to this fascinating city.
9. Pulp – Mile Finish (1995)
“In a West Finish town a stalemate world…” Your Pet Shop Boys summarized the “big city vibrant lights” glamour of London’s West Finish and demonstrated it for exactly what it was: a location of unfulfilled dreams, lost people, and seedy exchanges.
10. Jammz (task. Scott Garcia) – It’s A London Factor (2016)
Lily Allen performing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow, 2014
11. Adele – Hometown Glory (2008)
And many certainly NOT nice may be the desolation of 90s East Finish London described in Pulp’s story of high-rise squatting in Mile Finish, in which a fractured urban landscape is mirrored through the deprivation of those themselves. “The Pearly King from the Isle of Dogs / Feels up children within the bogs / And lower through the playing fields / Someone sets a vehicle on fire”.