It’s hard to find a more typical, traditional ‘London’ meal than Pie and Mash. Jacqueline and her family run the beautifully preserved Manze’s Pie and Mash shop in Walthamstow. This is a shop with a long tradition in the area and Jacqueline discusses her feelings on the changing face of London and keeping tradi […]
Stuart runs 3 souvenir shops in London and says the secret to the shop's success is his wife’s touch. Everyday over 900 tourists walk through the doors and each one is looking for an authentic London experience. […]
Kirsty moved to London with hopes of becoming an actor in the West End. She landed a job in The London Bridge Experience, an historical interactive theatre experience. She has been working there for 4 years. She can perform the same show up to fifty times a day. […]
We hop on the top deck of a London tour bus to spend some time with Phil, who has miraculously stayed in a job he took one summer for some extra cash… 15 years ago. Now a tourist favourite and low key star of the tour bus circuit, Phil reflects on what appeals to him so much about the job and the assortment of people […]
Noshi runs a hotel she describes as a ‘marmite-like establishment’. A big hit in the 90s, the hotel has attracted multiple celebrities for its eccentric aesthetics, from Paloma Faith to Kate Moss. The hotel now draws in a number of tourists looking for an ‘alternative’ experience of London. […]
Gary has been obsessed with Punch and Judy since he was a child. When he was 15 he performed at the Millennium Dome and is now one of the most respected ‘professors’ in the country. He even makes all of his puppets, carving them in the courtyard outside his shared flat in Kennington. […]
Doreen Golding, who lives in Wanstead, is proud to be a Pearly Queen. Raising the profile of the Pearlies is crucial to their longevity and Doreen is quick to remind people their aim is raising money for charity.
In this film she recalls rubbing shoulders with Elton John and meeting the queen. She has endless stor […]
This video is about Tom who changed his career path to become a writer and editor for a local expat magazine. We join him on his work travels in China, where he outlines some benefits and drawbacks. […]
Sonia runs 'Greenwich Bouncers', a family run trampolining club with her daughters. She also works as a rebound therapist, where she facilitates exercise therapy which uses trampolines to provide opportunities for movement, and recreation for people with varying disabilities. She was inspired to set up the club from he […]
Shameer moved from India to London with his family and now lives in the high-rise Aylesbury Estate. He tells us about his experience of living on the 12th floor and his aspirations for his family in the UK. […]
Young Soprano Susanna tells us about her life as a professional opera singer. She recounts her childhood enthusiasm for singing and the experience that led her to pursue it as a career, and discusses the work she does on a daily basis to maintain her place in a competitive field. […]
Local legend Lee Harris is standing for Mayor of London and campaigning to legalise cannabis. Follow him as he campaigns around Portobello Road.
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Lesley is a puppeteer, puppet maker and owner of Puppet Planet in Clapham. She describes how she set up Puppet Planet to help do her bit for the world. Lesley also explains how her love of puppets enables her to work in the community, giving a voice to the under represented. […]
Naomi works in one of the busiest retail environments in London: Westfield Stratford. She tells us how had it can be during peak busy periods, from dealing with irritable and impatient customers to having to get hundreds of pairs of shoes for everyone to try on. She also explains how her training as a security guard, w […]
Jeremy was brought up with the family pawnbroker business started in 1951 by his father, in the heart of Hatton Garden. Jeremy talks about business, family, life and love.
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Antonio is originally from a small village in the South of Italy. He now lives in South East London and works in the family business; Gennaros Delicatessen. We meet Antonio in the midst of a busy Saturday afternoon rush, along with his mother, brother and friends as he sells a small slice of home to their customers. […]