The London Grill: Fiona Maclean

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.


[F]iona Maclean is the founder of London Unattached, a website that covers a whole range of things to do in London and out! She also works as a marketing consultant and in previous lives has helped launch Orange, set up and run dating sites and worked on a building site! She lives in London and has done so pretty much all her adult life, including being born here too. And, even when she tries to move out to the country just keeps coming back!

What’s your secret London tip?

For a completely different view of London, take one of the cheaper river boats up the Thames from Westminster to Tower Bridge. You get to see things that you’ll miss on foot or in a car – and you’ll save your shoe leather too!

What’s your secret London place?

I like a lot of the London churches. I think my favourite is St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield (it’s the one that was in Four Weddings and a Funeral).

What’s your biggest gripe about London?

The weather! Of course!!!

What’s your favourite building?

I am always awestruck when I see the Houses of Parliament.

What’s your most hated building?

The Gherkin. It’s just plain ugly!

What’s the best view in London?

From the Shard. I never thought I’d say it but I went on a press preview and you really do get a 360 view of London! I like the intelli-scopes there too.

What’s your personal London landmark?

St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Dome is something I can always spot

What’s London’s best film, book or documentary?

Too many really! Perhaps Notting Hill, for something that encapsulates London as I know it.

What’s your favourite bar, pub or restaurant?

Where I live I like the Troubadour for a classic coffee shop experience (they do good food too). Up in town it really depends on what kind of a mood I’m in. I rather like 10 cases in Covent Garden.

How would you spend your ideal day off in London?

People watching on the Southbank, with a swanky meal in Oxo tower as the sun sets!

This ‘Grill’ was first posted on the Radio Taxis blog.

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