The Grill — 17 August 2018

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.


PETE JOHNSON spent 60 years living and working in London, mostly in the Ambulance Service and the Metropolitan Police. In 2012, he retired to Norfolk, where he now writes, blogs, and walks his Shar-Pei dog. For some strange reason, he has never missed London at all, and has no desire to return to the city of his birth. Instead, he enjoys the silence and dark nights of a trouble free life in Beetley village. His blog can be found at beetleypete.wordpress.com

What’s your secret London tip?
Go south of the river to see some real history, away from the usual tourist hot spots

What’s your secret London place?
Highgate Cemetery

What’s your biggest gripe about London?
Litter and chewing gum on the pavements

What’s your favourite building?
London University, Malet Sreet building. (Art Deco) Or Bibendum.

What’s your most hated building?
Royal College of Physicians, Albany Street, NW1. (Out of context)

What’s the best view in London?
From the middle of Waterloo Bridge, looking east

What’s your personal London landmark?
Tower Bridge (Unique!)

What’s London’s best film, book or documentary?
London. (1994) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110377/

What’s your favourite bar, pub or restaurant?
The Grenadier, Wilton Row, SW1. (Tucked away)

How would you spend your ideal day off in London?
Go to Greenwich. Visit the park, Observatory, Cutty Sark, and enjoy the views.

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(8) Readers Comments

  1. Great! Thank you! Pete is a wonderful storyteller too, and a prof in the knowledge of films. Michael

    • He has already published an extract from my book, it was very generous of him.

      • Thats great. I also love Pete’s stories. He is really awesome. Michael

  2. Thanks for the feature, David. I have a blog post about it today.
    https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/the-london-grill/
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks for writing about CabbieBlog Pete. Your great blog has more comments per post than I’ve seen anywhere. You must be doing something right.

      • Thanks, David. I try to keep the engagement going. I would sooner have ten comments, than one hundred likes. 🙂

  3. Wonderful tips and ideas for our upcoming tour to London! Lovely to see Pete and Ollie presented here. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing.
    Best regards,
    Dina-Hanne

    • Pete is a very generous blogger with both his ideas, time and information. Thanks for the comment.

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