The Grill — 18 January 2019

We challenge our contributor to reply to ten devilishly probing questions about their London and we don’t take “Sorry Gov” for an answer. Everyone sitting in the hot seat will face the same questions that range from their favourite way to spend a day out in the capital to their most hated building on London’s skyline to find out just what Londoners really think about their city. The questions might be the same but the answers vary wildly.

I’m a 60 year old West Londoner, born in North Kensington I moved all the way to Notting Hill 30 years ago and have remained here ever since. I am a strictly amateur photographer and an irregular blogger (London Ramblings for those interested!). I can’t imagine ever living anywhere else.

What is your secret London tip?
There is a whole lot more to London than the famous historical sites. Wander freely, there is something of interest just about everywhere. Don’t forget to look up, there’s a lot going on above eye level . . . and don’t be afraid to go south of the river LOL

What’s your secret London place?
Never give away too many secrets but for a quiet plce to sit and think in the City, try he garden of St Dunstan in the East . It’s best avoided during the middle of the day as it’s a popular spot for the local office workers to spend their lunch hour, but at any other time it is certainly worth a visit.

What’s your biggest gripe about London?
The usual, uncoordinated road works, traffic congestion, expensive public transport. Museums and galleries that close too early. People (both tourists and locals) who treat the city as one huge litter bin.Oh yes, and the Olympics!

What’s your favourite building?
St Paul’s, closely followed by the Natural History Museum.

What’s your most hated building?
One New Change, no contest!.

What’s the best view in London?
I love a high viewpoint such as Primrose Hill or Greenwich but the cliched truth is that it is the view from Waterloo Bridge. Both upstream and down stream. A great place to watch the sunrise and, especially, the sunset.

What’s your personal London landmark?
The Post Office Tower (yes, I am several name changes behind!), with special mentions for the much maligned Centre Point and Trellick Tower.

What’s London’s best film, book or documentary?
The Lavender Hill Mob for it’s views of the war torn area around St Paul’s.

What’s your favourite bar, pub or restaurant?
The Angel, Bermondsey Wall. A good place to sit outside on a summer evening with a pint and some friends and watch the sun go down behind Tower Bridge. Plus, everyone should visit E. Pellici on Bethnal Green Rd at least once in their lives!

How would you spend your ideal day off in London?
On a good day. Breakfast and a book in Holland Park. Followed by a walk through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park down to the river. Across Westminster Bridge and along the South Bank to Tower Bridge. If the tides are right, that would include a walk along the foreshore from the Royal Festival Hall to Bankside. From the Tower I would head back west through the City until either the time or my legs suggest that it would be a good idea for me to hop on a bus home. On a bad day, either South Kensington and the big three museums or the British Museum, lunch in the Great Court followed by an random wander through the galleries.

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