Margaret in Westminster is 51-60 and is an amateur astronomer.
Margaret is an amateur astronomer/buddhist living in Soho. From a young age she has been passionate about astronomy. She recalls looking up at the stars every night with her dad. Margaret worked as a cartographer for the RAF, where she drew maps. She now volunteers for The Natural History Museum in their gardens, as well as the ‘galaxy zoo’ where she identifies new galaxies and star formations.
Margaret has lived in Soho for 30 years, but is becoming increasingly concerned with its recent gentrification, describing what’s taking place to be ‘corporate vandalism’.
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Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? Childhood trips up to town to see a museum- a favourite was the Natural History Museum
- What do you miss when you're away from London? My life and friends - I do love to travel though
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Soho
- What's your favourite building? National History Museum
- What's your ideal day out in London? Go to an exhibition, go a lecture, mosy around the market, meet a friend for a drink in the pub
- What's your ideal night out in London? Dinner with a friend, buddist meetings, lecture, go and see a concert at Soho Theatre, opera seasons La Boheme
- What's your most hated building? Steel monstrosity- egos of the architects, bland, boxy and soulless.
- What's the best view in London? Top of BT Tower
- What's your favourite open space? St James and Green Park
- What's your favourite bar, pub or restaurant? The French House
- What's the most interesting shop? Stanfords - long acre
- What's your favourite place to hang out? At my flat in Soho, private members clubs (chelsea arts club), blue post of Berwick Street
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? Impossible to say
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Pottering around, running errands
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? Take them with you, let them do what you do, normal daily life with people to get under the skin of the place
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? There hasn't been one
- What's your personal London landmark? Clock tower in St Annes in Dean Street - the only part of St annes that survived. She Occasionally winds the clock and there are a team of people who take it in turns to do so
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? I don't read fiction, unless it's Woodhouse
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? 1950's-1960's Soho
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? David Attenborough