1000 Londoners

Tim in is and is a Singer/Songwriter.

Tim Arnold has Soho running through his blood – he is the third generation of his family to have worked in the area (his grandfather was a comedian for Paul Raymond, his mother a dancer at the windmill). He makes a living as a singer/songwriter and is the founder of Save Soho – an organisation campaigning to protect and nurture iconic music and performing arts venues that are disappearing at a terrifying rate.

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Questions & Answers

  • What's your first memory of London? My first strong memory of London is the flash of neon lights in Soho as I stood at the stage door of The Queen’s theatre just off Wardour St (now The Gielgud Theatre). I was waiting for my brother who was acting in an Alan Bennett play with Stephen Fry. I was 9 years old.
  • What do you miss when you're away from London? Soho, Hampstead Heath and the Odeon in Muswell Hill.
  • What's your favourite neighbourhood? Soho.
  • What's your favourite building? Blacks Club, 67 Dean St.
  • What's your ideal day out in London? An afternoon on the South Bank, a Vegetarian Sunday Roast at The Coach and Horses in Soho and some live music in the evening.
  • What's your ideal night out in London? The Dean Street Shuffle.
  • What's your most hated building? The Shard. Although I could never really hate anything.
  • What's the best view in London? The View from Ally Pally.
  • What's your favourite open space? Hampstead Heath.
  • What's been your most memorable night out in London? Too many too mention, but always a night in the company of talented and inspiring individuals.
  • How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Real Londoners don’t have a day off.
  • Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? Madame Jojo’s if it was still open.
  • What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? Every time I walk to the North end of Dean St. The CrossRail is Soho’s resident philistine.
  • What's your personal London landmark? The Windmilll Theatre.
  • Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Me.
  • What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? The Small World of Sammy Lee.
  • If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? 1960s.
  • For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Lionel Bart.