Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that Netflix’s ‘Top Boy’ released this month.
After being discontinued in 2011 many fans couldn’t believe that the return of the series was real but in 2019 the show returned thanks to Netflix and Drake’s production company ‘Dream Crew.’
The show follows Dushane (Ashley ‘Asher D’ Walters) and Sully (Kane ‘Kano’ Brett Robinson) as they build a drug empire in the heart of London. The duo have to navigate gang wars, police investigations and the consequences of their actions on their community.
Season 2 did not disappoint, providing its viewers with the same gritty realism of previous shows highlighting a variety of societal issues and the impact of the drug trade.
Character development is something Top Boy has continued to do well and this series was no different pushing hard to move away from sensationalizing of gang violence and capture the real lives that are affected by some of the shows topics. Click below for our 5 favourite characters from Series 2 of Top Boy.
Not only does the series provide an insight into these experiences, series two has broadened its horizons. Hackney is the main setting as it has been since 2011.
However the show takes us to Cadiz, Morocco and Liverpool this time around. Below are some things to do in those areas if you’re itching to see where Dushane and Jaq operate.
If you find yourself in London to embrace your inner top boy then we’ve also got you covered on nights out.
Top 3 Things To Do In Hackney
1. Hackney Empire
A restored theatre next door to Hackney town hall. A mainstay in the community since its creation in Hackney Empire (built in 1901) is one of the finest examples of a Matcham Theatre in London.
Located in the heart of Hackney next door to the Hackney Town Hall the theatre is a mainstay in the community.
One the most beautiful theatres in London which has been an iconic stage for various generations of actors, musicians and performers.
2. London Fields
London Fields Park has a chequered past – being home to the London Fields gang as shown in Top Boy.
However, nowadays the park is a cultural hub for young people, families, joggers who share the space following an influx of investment into making it a safe space.
BBQ’s and social drinking are commonplace during summer as the park becomes busy with people embracing nature.
Yet during any season it’s a great place to walk or just sit on one of the many benches and get some fresh air.
If you’re looking for food and you found yourself in and around Dalston/Stoke Newington then make sure you head over to Mangal.
The Ocakbasi is famous in London for its Kebabs – with the mixed grill a personal favourite of ours. Reasonably priced and with something for everyone it’s a must visit if you’re in Hackney.
Top 3 things to do in Liverpool
The home to the historic Liverpool Football Club. The stadium has been graced over the years by players such as John Barnes, Ian Rush, Steven Gerrard and more recently Mo Salah.
European Nights at Anfield are a spectacle you’ll remember for the rest of your life. With one of the worlds best atmospheres cheering on Jurgen Klopp’s men who are currently challenging for a record breaking quadruple.
2. British Music Experience
Liverpool is a city which etched itself into British history, not just for its football, but for the musical acts it has produced. The Beatles, one of the most famous bands of all time are one of Liverpool’s proudest exports.
If you’d like to know more about the rich musical history of Liverpool and the wider UK visit the British Music Experience. The Museum also hosts quizzes, album launches and other music events.
If you love Hip-Hop and RnB then INK’s the place for you. Live performances by Uk rap stars or themed events are guaranteed to spice up your night.
If that’s not enough then a wide variety of cocktails are available for you and your friends. If you’re in Liverpool then this is the place for you if you want to let it burn to some Usher.
Top 3 Things to do in Cadiz
1. Parque Genovés
Sully and Jamie were there on Business and missed it but you won’t want to.
A picturesque area protecting various species of animals and birds available for a walk or a paid tour guide.
One thing you’ll want to make sure you see is the waterfall in La Gruta – which is a marvellous sight.
2. Taberna Casa Manteca
If you get peckish in Cadiz and want to try some authentic local cuisine then head over to Taberna Casa Manteca.
Hardly a secret but it’s a local favourite where copious amounts of good conversation, wine and tapas are indulged in.
Chicharonnes and Goats cheese are just a few of the dishes available for under 4 euros. Raise a glass of locally made Garum wine for us whilst you’re there.
3. Cádiz Cathedral
One of the jewels of the area – Catedral de Cádiz. Built in the 17th century, the cathedral is a beautiful piece of architecture. Steeped in history you can buy tickets to visit the cathedral and for a little bit extra get a guided tour. Learn more about the Gothic design and how important the cathedral is to Cadiz.
Top 3 things to do in Tangier
1. Hercules Cave
Just 14km west of Tangier, directly adjacent to the King of Morocco’s summer palace you’ll find Hercules Cave. A popular tourist attraction with breathtaking views of the sea it’s without a doubt a must visit. Both natural and man made, the cave has a rich history which for 10 Moroccan dirhams a tour guide will explain in detail.
2. Grand Socco Marketplace
Whilst not as grand as some of the bazaars in Marrakesh the Grand Socco marketplace is a great place to take in some Morrocan culture and pick up some gifts for relatives back home. Spices, fabrics and fresh fish and fruit are all readily available. Make sure to have a mint tea at one of the tea houses.
3. Tangier Beach
Want to see where Jamie had his heart warmed by some of the young Moroccan locals. Well get your beach chairs and towels out and head down to Plage De Tanger. Golden Sands and clear water are always good for the soul and for that reason the beach is one of Tangier’s main attractions.
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