Mustasha Musa On London As Her Favourite Design City

Mustasha Musa On London As Her Favourite Design City

The Malaysian architect shares her love for London as a design paradise.

Mustasha at Shake Shack in Covent Garden

MY DESIGN CITY 

London is a progressive city—things are constantly changing, you get to meet so many people from different walks of life, and the vibe is just amazing.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT 

Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden is the most romantic restaurant in the world for me. But perhaps, it’s because my then-boyfriend, now-husband brought me there for our first date, so this place is truly special. Dining in the conservatory with hanging flowers and a glowing fireplace, especially when it’s winter, is lovely.

Central Saint Giles by architect Renzo Piano

FAVOURITE BUILDING 

I love the St Giles Court. It’s multifaceted, differing in orientation, height, colour, and the way it looks under natural light is a great urban London highlight.

FAVOURITE HAUNT

Shoreditch used to be quite grimey but with its vintage shops and cool finds, it’s trendy now. If it’s a Sunday, head to the fresh flower market on Columbia Road.

Sketch London, a design paradise

ADVENTURE TIP 

Explore London by walking around without Google Maps—or a real map for that matter.

SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

Go up The Shard at dusk and experience London’s epic view. There’s also a weekly silent disco up there on Saturday nights, as well as other events such as Sky-High Yoga and film screenings, with the best 360˚ view you can ever have of London.

Colour blocking her way through London

BEST PLACES TO VISIT

If it’s your first time in London, be sure to hit the touristy spots to have an overview of the city. But if you’re up for some heavy walking and would like to experience the beautiful English gardens that people speak of, head to Kew Gardens, and to the Kew Tree Top Walkway, which I had a hand in with the design team while working with Marks Barfield Architects in London.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

A camera, a book, and a scarf in case it gets windy.

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