We challenge our contributors 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 they will face the same questions ranging from their favourite way to spend a day out in the capital to their most hated building on London’s skyline to find out what Londoners think about their city. The questions are the same but the answers vary wildly.
My name is Mark Monroe first and foremost I’m a London cabbie. A few years ago, I started a YouTube Channel partly as a way of documenting everything I’ve learnt about London, mostly concentrating on the peculiar, strange, bizarre oddities of this incredible city. I’ve been lucky enough to have some of my content aired on a local TV station called London Live. Everything I film is free to discover and visit and offers an insight into London from the life of a London Cabbie. I hope you enjoy Secrets of London with Mark Monroe.
What’s your secret London tip?
When visiting London don’t try and do everything in one day. London is Big! Pick an area and spend time exploring that, you’ll absorb much more and won’t be sitting on public transport all day.
What’s your secret London place?
St Dunstan in the East, a unique Wren church whose ruins are situated in the heart of the city a green oasis of tranquillity and calm.
What’s your biggest gripe about London?
Road closures and other drivers who fail to indicate when turning.
What’s your favourite building?
Senate House in Malet Street. (It belongs in a moody New York Batman film).
What’s your most hated building?
What’s the best view in London?
On a summer evening stand in the centre of Waterloo Bridge and be prepared for a magical vista.
What’s your personal London landmark?
Big Ben, everything in London seems to start here and then works outwards.
What’s London’s best film, book or documentary?
All the Bond films! Sherlock Holmes and the Krays documentaries.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Without a doubt Rules in Maiden Lane. London’s oldest restaurant serving traditional English fare.
How would you spend your ideal day off in London?
I love to head for the river, I feel more connected with London and its history when I’m there.