The hotly anticipated new album by One Direction ‘Take Me Home’ has just been released!
If you visited Stockholm this weekend , perhaps you were lucky enough to get on the 1D Bus for a ride even? Or at least have your photo taken? Some of you may also have received a copy of our new travel guide presenting One Direction’s favourite Britain.
If not, don’t you worry: Here’s a digital copy for you!
One Direction’s top 10 Britain:
1. On 23 July 2010 One Direction were put together as a band for the first time at Wembley Arena, where they qualified for the ‘Groups’ category of The X Factor. It’s where their phenomenal journey began, so the famous music venue holds a special place in the boys’ hearts and is a must-visit for any music fan: artists from The Beatles and Bob Dylan, to the Spice Girls and Madonna have performed there. Catch the X Factor Live at Wembley next February – perfect time to talent-spot the next hot act.
2. Zayn Malik comes from Bradford, home to the nation’s favourite dish: curry. Visit the best curry houses in Zayn’s home city .
3. Zayn is dating Perrie Edwards from Brit girl group Little Mix. The couple were recently spotted in Perrie’s home city of Newcastle, one of Britain’s hotspots for clubbing by night and shopping by day. With over 200 pubs and some of the best clubs in the country, the pair can dance til dawn, but not before they shop til they drop at Europe’s biggest indoor mall the Metrocentre in Gateshead or maybe more refined Jesmond, known as the ‘Notting Hill of the North’, with lots of cute one-off boutiques and cafés.
4. Harry Styles grew up listening to the music of The Beatles, introduced to him by his father. No doubt Harry will have explored Beatles Britain to find out about another British band that shot to stardom and invaded the worldwide music scene. The best place to head to is Liverpool, the Fab Four’s home city, where you can catch a gig at The Cavern Club where today’s upcoming bands often play, or else make your way to Abbey Road in London and recreate their famous street crossing.
5. Wanna party like the 1D boys? The group have been seen out and about at London’s Mahiki, Aura and Funky Buddha. Although they’ve dined at hot new Soho Mexican La Bodega Negra, the boys are just as happy at Nando’s or can be spotted having a sneaky ice-cream fix at Milkshake City where they’ve even got their own flavour!
6. Before he auditioned for X Factor, Louis Tomlinson performed as Danny Zuko in Grease at school and says it gave him the confidence to try out for the programme. The West End has great shows for music fans, like We Will Rock You based on the band Queen and Viva Forever – the new musical about the Spice Girls. How long until One Direction’s story is taken to the stage?
7. Harry Styles bought a house in London’s Primrose Hill earlier this year, joining other celebrities like supermodel Kate Moss (who favours local cupcake shop the Primrose Bakery) and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in the tranquil North London neighbourhood. It’s not hard to see why – the hill itself is in the capital’s beautiful Regent’s Park, with edgy Camden to the east for a live music fix, plenty of cute neighbourhood restaurants and pubs to visit as well as the ZSL London Zoo right in the park – the perfect spot for Harry to take a first date!
8. Harry originally comes from a village in Cheshire, in the North of England, and celebrated his 18th birthday in the nearest big city to his hometown: Manchester. The singer dined at Rosso, an elegant Italian restaurant that has seen David Beckham and many other famous footballers pass through its doors (its owner is footballer Rio Ferdinand) for the excellent food and ultra-chic atmosphere.
9. Speaking of football, Louis Tomlinson is a huge fan of the game and recently played a football match for charity in his hometown Doncaster in South Yorkshire – and of course his besties from the band were there to support and cheer him on. Bigger football clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal offer stadium tours, a great way to find out more about your favourite club and life behind the scenes. Also recently opened is The National Football Museum in Manchester, a free attraction that shows you everything you need to know about football – you can even try out a penalty shoot-out!
10. Before he was famous, Liam Payne gave a live performance at a Wolverhampton Wanderers game to an audience of 26,000; when the group was asked to perform at the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony it was to a somewhat bigger crowd! The boys are in their element on stage in front of their fans, and played at a number of UK Festivals this summer. Keep up to date on what’s happening in the UK Festival scene and find out if One Direction is playing with the digital UK Live Festival Map.