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QUEST10NS: Raph Solo

QUEST10NS: Raph Solo

Raph Solo

The hunky British recording artist sings a love letter to London and tells us why Greece is the word.

Even though he isn't singing it to us, any time hunky crooner, Raph Solo, decides to sing a love letter, we're all ears. Indeed, the Lebanese/Chilean heartthrob has penned his latest single, "Good Morning London", as an homage to his current hometown. The track - "a metaphorical breakup song about finding your way home," explains the singer - is the second to drop from his current full-length studio album, The Anonymous Icon. And, because we would definitely like to get to know him better, we asked Raph to play a round of QUEST10NS with us:

1. Where did you go on your last trip? 
Santorini in Greece.

2. What was your favorite memory of it?
The sunset from OIA is just magic. It's said to be the most beautiful sunset on the planet. Seeing is believing and I believe that because I've been there twice. Once to shoot my video for "Finally", and the other, for a romantic trip. I would advise travellers to stay somewhere like Kamari on the beach. I stayed there the second time and it was more convenient.

3. What dance club should every visitor to London check out?
The Ministry of Sound is a big hit night right now when it goes gay once a week. Good sound system. Nice club. In summer they also have a gay tea dance there on the terrace; I like beats with the sun shining.

4. Favorite London hang that no one really knows about?
There is this cool bar on Rupert Street called The Yard, which is great in summer on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights because it has a courtyard and you have a choice of indoor and outdoor drinking. Also, it's kind of unpretentious and laid back which is refreshing.

5. Most underrated London tourist attraction?
Borough Street food market on a Saturday morning. Not sure it's a secret because a lot of people know about it, but it's great and you have London Bridge there which also has a lot of nice bars and restaurants leading all the way to The South Bank.

6. Advice to an out-of-towner for navigating the British capital?
Get an Oyster card for public transport and if you are staying more than a week, buy a week travel card that includes your zones. It's much cheaper. For cabs, download the Uber app and set up an account. They are much cheaper than the black cabs and are with you pretty quick.

7. Place you’ve traveled to with the friendliest locals?
I really liked the people of Greece. They were friendly, offered great customer service and were very willing to leave a good impression regardless of whether you gave them a tip.

8. Favorite airline?
I will say British Airways because I use them a lot, and maybe there is a little bit of patriotism there as well. Haha. I never had a bad experience travelling with them.

9. How many stamps in your passport?
I have a few. Not a hundred, though, because when you travel in Europe and you have a British passport you don't get a stamp. 

10. Where will you go on your next adventure?
I am feeling Budapest and I think I wanna repeat the Greek Islands. 

Check out the video for "Good Morning London" and commence swooning now:

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