Canon Andrew White is a unique Londoner. Known as “the Vicar of Baghdad“, he is the only Anglican vicar in Iraq‘s capital, heavily involved in reconciliation and peacekeeping work in this war-torn region, particularly between Sunni and Shiite muslims. Having served congregations across the capital for many years, he considers London close to his heart. We catch him on one of his rare trips to London, an opportunity for him to continue his reconciliation work from the UK.
Andrew suffers from multiple sclerosis, which slurs his speech, but his courage transcends this.
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Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? I remember that my father used to take us on days out to London. And I remember he used to take us to a really boring library. Every visit was to the Evangelical Library on Chaltern St off Baker St. But over time, I actually enjoyed going there.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? Indian food.
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Either, Clapham. Clapham Junction or Clapham Old Town or Clapham Common.
- What's your favourite building? My favourite building. Well there’s 2. You‘ve got to stand on Westminster bridge in the middle to the left is St Thomas’ Hospital and to the right is Parliament. That is heaven. [sings] I’m in heaven.
- What's your ideal day out in London? Well, I only ever go there to speak now and em, ideal day in London is having meetings - usually at my club, the Carlton club at St James’. And meeting with significant political religious leaders. And then go for a curry.
- What's your ideal night out in London? Curry.
- What's the best view in London? The view from Westminster Bridge.
- What's your favourite open space? St James’s Park.
- What's the most interesting shop? There's 2. There is Pen Friends, where you get your fountain pens and there is the bow tie shop in Germyn St…. and the shirt shops in Germyn St.