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.
[C]indy Eve was born in South Africa but now resides in the United Kingdom and is passionate about travelling and exploring new and exciting places. An enthusiastic photographer (still learning), adrenaline sports lunatic, ex-personal development junkie, and all round lover of life. She has published two books, written poetry (published) and is a voracious reader of poetry and biographies of interesting people, Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela among others. She claims to be 90 per cent vegetarian and loves cats, and in between all that runs the 3 days in London website.
What’s your secret London tip?
Look up! London’s buildings have some of the most amazing artwork: on the façade, the roof and above doorways, sometimes small, many times large, some of which is just outstandingly beautiful.
What’s your secret London place?
Museum of London. Totally under-rated, in my opinion it is way better than the British Museum. One of my most delightful discoveries, I visit whenever I am on one of my #walkabout jaunts. A fabulous place, with oodles of London history.
What’s your biggest gripe about London?
Rubbish in the streets. I mean seriously people, let’s get real here. There are plenty of bins for rubbish, toss it in the bin not on the ground…especially cigarette butts; totally unsightly.
What’s your favourite building?
Oh definitely and without a doubt it has to be St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is a truly magical building and appears to float in the air at night. The interior is exquisite and the views of London from the galleries are hard to beat.
What’s your most hated building?
Gosh! I am not sure really. I don’t particularly like the current crop of new buildings going up in the City of London, they spoilt the skyline, but I don’t think I have a particular hate.
What’s the best view in London?
Standing on either side of the Hungerford/Golden Jubilee bridges . . . the view from either side is phenomenal and the river is just beautiful.
What’s your personal London landmark?
Oooo! Difficult, but the one that has impressed me the most has to be The Shard. It is the only building I have watched grow from a stubby concrete block into the most beautiful and elegant shard of glass. It’s been a hate/love relationship. I was totally against it to start, but oh my gosh once the glass panels went on . . . I kinda changed my mind J Now I take a photo every time I see it and then some!
What’s London’s best film, book or documentary?
Mary Poppins. Not sure if that qualifies as a London film, but it is due to this film that I fell in love with London. I have seen the film about 50 times+ and on my first day in London when I saw the chimney pots from the tube I just fell in love, a passion that has not yet waned in the slightest. It gives me a thrill each time when I sit on the steps at St. Paul’s in the exact spot where the old lady sat when she sang “feed the birds”. Always brings a lump to my throat & a tear to my eye. J
What’s your favourite bar, pub or restaurant?
Ahh! Without a doubt that would be Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery in Twickenham. Fab.u.lous darlings . . . Craig would say. Best cupcakes in town and scones just like my mother used to make them . . . no other place will suffice.
How would you spend your ideal day off in London?
There is nothing I love more than to go #walkabout through the streets, especially the City of London, wandering here and there, finding previously unknown streets and alleyways, popping into churches and gasping at the hidden treasures that reveal themselves and taking as many photos as my camera can cope with. What a privilege to live in this fabulous city, a never-ending ‘City of delights’.
This ‘Grill’ was first posted on the Radio Taxis blog.