Jonathan is a bilingual tube worker. He enjoys speaking French with tourists, being friendly and personable. We join Jonathan on an average day at work, interacting with thousands of visitors that pass through London every day.
This film was produced during a Chocolate Films workshop, by the London Transport Museum Young Ambassadors.
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Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? My first memory of London is at the age of 11, flying over from Ireland, first time on a plane, all alone, window seat and looking at the view as I flew over the city towards Heathrow.. Thinking WOW, I came from a tiny town in Co. Kildare in Ireland.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? I miss the hubbub, the rush, the diversity and the people.
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? I love Covent Garden, I work there and it's a great place with so much to see and do. The theatres, architecture the markets and shopping areas, the mixture of locals, Londoners and tourists, both.. Both national and international.
- What's your favourite building? I love UGLE The Freemasons Grand Hall, it's such an iconic building.
- What's your ideal day out in London? With my 3 kids, riverboat to Westminster Pier, across the Bridge to the garden area of St Thomas' down into the Southbank.. Via Namco..( for the kids of course ) across Hungerford footbridge or if we're feeling it Millennium Bridge and into Covent Garden for the street performers, some lunch and invariably Cyber Candy.. Jump on the old Routemaster bus to Tower Hill and home for a well deserved rest.
- What's your ideal night out in London? A nice meal followed by a theatre show and then to a little pub that serves the best Real Ale.
- What's your most hated building? I don't think I have one to be honest, the mix and match of the London Skyline is part of it's attraction, the mix of old and new I love it.
- What's the best view in London? Oh man... I love the view Big Ben and Parliament from St Thomas' garden, the full panorama of architecture from Millennium and Waterloo bridges..the view from the London Eye is great... I can't pick.. But I want to see the view from the Shard next then maybe I'll have a favourite.
- What's your favourite open space? Open space will have to be Greenwich park or Bushy Park.. These are both newfound treasures to explore further.. You ask too much!
- What's the most interesting shop? For me personally it has to be Forbidden Planet.. I absolutely love sci-fi and fantasy fiction.
- What's your favourite place to hang out? My favourite Pub is The Harp on Chandos Place The best Real Ale Pub in London, and across the road to Barrafina.. Little dishes of excellence!
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? My 7th wedding anniversary with my former wife was lovely, beautiful river trip, walk and picnic in Embankment Gardens, a lovely meal in a little Italian and a few pubs after.
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Visiting the city, walking along the river and maybe a museum or two.
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? They'd need a week or two.. Absolutely everywhere. All the sights, museums along the river.. Of course Covent Garden would be first.
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? Night bus from Finsbury Park to Embankment, a young lady was assaulted in front of me on the bus and nobody said a word, I had to step in and the guy was HUGE!! But if I hadn't have I'm sure it would have been worse.. Not nice after 5 days of late shifts and you get involved in situations that needn't be.
- What's your personal London landmark? Big Ben and Parliament.
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Good old Sherlock Holmes.
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? I love Rats by James Herbert.. I don't really like rats at all and because if him I keep a look out for big white ones.. If anything it has made me a bit more vigilant about my surroundings.. Especially fast moving fury things..
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? The late 1800's I think, London was fast moving and developing.. I love the fashion and literary circles, I'd have to go back with some money though.
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Oh, that's a tough one.. Keats,Pepys,Hitchcock,Faraday, Queen Victoria was a Londoner..Samuel Johnson.. Nah, I can't pick one.. Sorry.