Urban Explorer Series: Jahday's Travel Itinerary

Urban Explorer Series: Jahday's Travel Itinerary

“There is a very unique relationship between myself and my art during the creative process, in which I constantly speak to the material to see what works and what doesn’t. The piece can continuously change and evolve.”



Jahday Ford




Jahday’s Travel Itinerary



What we love most about cities are the infinite possibilities of embarking on new discoveries and experiences. It is a place that moves us and inspires us. Through his own lens of the city, we ask artist Jahday Ford to share his favourite places to visit around London to find inspiration?


The Shard

Also known as the Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, it is a 72-storey skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London. From a design aspect, Jahday finds this building particularly inspirational. Having studied a lot of architecture in the UK, he is fascinated by deconstructivism and the buidling’s geometrical design.



This area of London is a significant source of inspiration for Jahday because of its vibrant arts and music community, filled with rich ethnic diversity as well. Hackney is particularly renowned for its incredible street art and thriving music scene that has produced a number of famous musicians and artists.



This Hi-Fi music bar and restaurant nestled in the heart of Peckham celebrates the sounds and flavours of the African-Caribbean diaspora. Jahday particularly recommends the succulent Saltfish and Ackee dish if you visit.


Tate Modern

This family of four art galleries in London, Liverpool and Cornwall houses the nation’s collection of modern art from 1900 to the present day. With 5.7 million visitors it is in the top ten most visited museums and galleries in the world. The collection holds masterpieces of international and British modern art. Jahday appreciates its forward-thinking attitude and how the museum can beautifully interchange and transform, depending on the exhibition.