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Taylor Swift’s favourite London pubs, parks (and kebab shop) revealed in map of the capital

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Taylor Swift's favourite London pubs, parks (and kebab shop) revealed in map of the capital

She may have said so long to London in her latest album – but Taylor Swift is set to rekindle her love affair with the city later this month.

 

 

The pop sensation, 34, is performing three consecutive nights at Wembley Stadium from 21 June as part of her Eras Tour, which has grossed over $1bn worldwide.

The star will then return in August to play a further five sold-out shows, which will be attended by over 450,000 Swifties.

However, the star – who previously professed her love for ‘London Boy’ Joe Alwyn – has a long-standing and complicated history with the UK’s capital city.

Taylor is first referenced London in her 2012 song ‘Come Back… Be Here’ where she pines after a mystery man, singing: ‘You’re in London and I break down ’cause it’s not fair that you’re not around.’

The singer, who smashed streaming records with her 13th album Tortured Poets Department in April, is believed to have first become acquainted with the city in 2012 when she was dating Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson Conor.

The star then moved to London in 2017 in the early days of her relationship with her actor ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn.

Over the next six years, Taylor – who is reportedly staying in the Cotswolds during the UK leg of her tour – developed a handful of favourite haunts across the city, including a rather unlikely kebab shop in Kentish Town.

Here FEMAIL reveals Taylor’s guide to London, which is ‘haunted’ by her famous British ex-boyfriends.

In her 2019 song ‘London Boy’, Taylor listed off her top boroughs and must-visit tourist locations – but opted to keep one location private.

Despite crooning about her love of Highgate, North-East London, Taylor actually spent a time living in nearby Crouch End.

Following her fallout with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in November 2016, Taylor is believed to have moved into her ex-boyfriend’s flat in North London, which also counts Gillian Anderson, David Tennant and James McAvoy among its celebrity residents.

A source told the The Sun in May 2017: ‘She’s been walking around with Joe in London using disguises, like scarves and hats, to keep her identity under wraps.

‘Nobody has a clue they’ve been walking past a music superstar. Not even her new neighbours.’

The following year, the singer began working on her album Lover and recorded the songs Daylight and London Boy at Metropolis Studios in Chiswick.

In March 2021, The Daily Mail’s showbiz editor Katie Hint reported that Taylor and Joe Alwyn had ‘spent much of lockdown at his flat in Crouch End’ before the couple moved to nearby Primrose Hill.

That same month, it was revealed that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn had moved into a six-bedroom townhouse in the leafy North London borough.

However, the move risked some potentially awkward run-ins for Taylor – as her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles wasn’t far away in Hampstead while Tom Hiddleston, who she dated in summer 2016, was believed to live a mile from the couple.

A source told the Mail at the time: ‘Lockdown has changed a lot of things for Taylor and Joe, so they will be spending longer in London than they were initially going to.

‘Therefore, they thought it was perhaps time to find themselves somewhere a little more spacious.’

It was reported that the couple were renting the four-storey, six-bedroom townhouse close to where Joe grew up.

Primrose Hill became notorious in the late Nineties and early Noughties as a hotbed of wild partying thanks to a coterie of hard-living locals that included Noel Gallagher, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Jude Law. More recent homebuyers include Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby.

When Taylor was first becoming acquainted with the city in 2012, the singer – who had just released her album Red – paid a visit to Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

According to The Sun, Taylor went on a shopping spree in the antique shop Alice’s with her ex-boyfriend in mind – and would no doubt be ‘haunted’ by the location now.

At the time, the star was dating Conor Kennedy, who is the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

The publication reported: ‘She wandered into Alice’s and dropped £30,000 then went up the road and spent another £20,000.’

According to the report, Taylor was only in the antique shop for ‘five minutes’ and bought him a ‘drawing of a shark, some old medicine bottles and a pinball machine’.

The couple enjoyed a summer of love in 2012 before going their separate ways that September.

In 2019, author J. Randy Taraborrelli wrote in his book ‘The Kennedy Heirs’ that Conor got ‘nervous’ when Taylor purchased a $5 million home near the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

‘Conor liked Taylor, don’t get me wrong,’ Kennedy’s friend told the author, as reported by Us Weekly.

‘But this business of her buying the house on the Cape made him nervous. It seemed as if she was getting a little too attached, spending five million bucks on a house just to be near the guy.’

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