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.
[R]OSIE SWASH, a journalist for the Guardian. Born in north London, now a Hackney resident.
What’s your secret London tip?
The Lee Valley walk in east London is as good as taking a day trip to the countryside.
What’s your secret London place?
I love the little parks in the middle of busy parts of the city, like the one off of City Road by Ironmonger Row swimming baths.
What’s your biggest gripe about London?
Ah, the usual. Moody people, crowded places, terrible weather. Smelly buses are a personal bugbear.
What’s your favourite building?
I love the Hoover building on the A40. Incredible art deco design, the kind of attention to detail and grandeur that you never see any more.
What’s your most hated building?
Archway Tower. Why? What? Who? I mean, really.
What’s the best view in London?
Kite Hill on Hampstead Heath. I spent many a happy day walking there with my family so it always makes me feel at home.
What’s your personal London landmark?
I love the new Kings Cross ticketing hall, if that counts as a personal landmark!
What’s London’s best film, book or documentary?
The recent Secret of our Streets documentary series was brilliant. Can’t beat a bit of social history.
What’s your favourite bar, pub or restaurant?
I love Brawn on Columbia Road. It’s very European, so maybe that’s cheating!
How would you spend your ideal day off in London?
I love a bit of indulgence and the York Hall Spa in Bethnal Green is very reasonably priced. I hear the Corner House restaurant is very nice, too.