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?
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.