From VIBE–During an intimate session in front of the VIBE editorial staff, Warner Bros recording artist Lianne La Havas performed a selection of acoustic songs from her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? “You broke me, and taught me how to truly hate myself,” crooned the 23-year-old British songwriter. “Unfold me, and teach me how to be like somebody else.” The soothing yet chilling display was at once piercing and vulnerable. With nothing but a guitar, La Havas’ voice soared like a songbird not yet aware of her potential. Though she remains relatively unknown to American audiences, the London-born artist’s soulful sound has the potential to make her a breakout star on both sides of the Atlantic. La Havas attributes Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu as musical influences. She may not be a household name, but she’s no stranger to the United States. Some of her album was recorded here, including one song that was completed in Brooklyn. After her performance, La Havas sat down with VIBE to guide us to some of her favorite hangouts, including a secret Mexican bar in LA, her go-to spots in New York, and absolute favorite restaurant in her hometown, London.
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LONDON–“I highly recommend this restaurant if you want an amazing breakfast or lunch. It’s wonderful. It’s in Stoke Newington, which is the area where I live. The food is a bit French and Mediterranean. They have amazing eggs benedict, and serve a full English breakfast. They also have fresh juices and smoothies. My favorite drink is the beach fruit, celery, and apple smoothie. They have two seating areas; one is in the front, which is all wooden with lovely art on the wall, and the back area has loads of natural light.”
NEW YORK–“This is my favorite restaurant. The food is impeccable. I’ve never had a bad meal there. There’s always an amazing special. Every time I go to New York I make sure I go there at least once. The service is amazing. You could make friends with the entire staff—they’re so quirky and cool. Everyone has their own individuality. The décor is very creative. It looks like how I would want my house to look–tiles, exposed wall work, and it’s kind of vintage and bohemian.”